The Sweetness of Salt
Author: Cecilia Galante
Release date: May 22, 2012
Published by: Bloomsbury USA
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love the tag line on the cover of this book: “Two sisters. One Secret. And the summer that brings them together.” That is the line that made me pick up the book.
Julia and Sophie couldn’t be more different when it comes to being sisters. Julia is the good-girl, does-what-her-parents-want type of person; whereas, Sophie has always been the rebel daughter. Julia has always felt that her relationship with her sister is strained, but she doesn’t know why until the summer after she graduates from high school and then her world is turned upside down.
This story is about a family that wants to be seen as “perfect,” but what that has meant for every individual is secrets and lies all tied to the words family loyalty.
Julia ends up spending the summer after graduation with Sophie, who lives in Vermont, and helping Sophie fix up her house/future bakery, while Sophie slowly unravels the web of lies that Julia has lived with her whole life. This is an amazing coming-of-age story in which every person in Julia’s life helps her to realize who she is and what she really wants out of life during an emotional roller coaster of a summer.
My favorite line is from one of the old men from the “Table of Knowledge.” Jimmy tells Julia that life is tough and “you either move through it or you get stuck.” It made me think about all the times in my life that I got stuck for a while before I was able to pick myself up and move on. What wisdom!
When I finished reading, I felt like I had received a beautiful gift. Yes, life can throw obstacles in our way, but eventually everything can be okay again; it’s as simple as that.
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