Summer of Salt: review

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272 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by HarperTeen
Thank you to Edelweiss for the e-galley of this book!
I admit, when I began to read this, I thought I would either DNF it or come back to it at a later date. I am so glad I kept reading because I knew this was magical realism and magical realism is my recent bag. I just had to finish it.
This is the story of two sisters living on a small island in the summer before they both leave for college. Georgie doesn’t have magical powers like her sister, who can float above the ground which she thinks is lame, but is secretly envious. They help their mother run an Inn, where tourists come every year to get a look at a bird they call Annabelle. Basically, this island is the place you want to go out and find and live forever.
Here are a few things I absolutely loved:
Georgie. She is unapologetic and loves her family so much that it makes me want to hug her. She’s also a lesbian with the cutest crush on a tourist who comes along to the inn with her older brother to bird watch.
The family dynamic. Not only with immediate family, but with her friends and residents of the island.
All the diversity. Like I said, Georgie is gay and there’s hint of her friend being asexual. I just love it
The magic. It’s not the in your face kind, but more of the, Imma-just-stand-here-and-make-sure-everything-is-cool kind.
Here are the things I had trouble with:
The end of the book gets pretty intense, which I wasn’t expecting so if you need a trigger warning, this is it. It was a serious WOW moment.
That’s it. This book was perfection.
If you want a book filled with bada$@ women and magic and mystery, this is your bag. It reminded me a lot of The Scorpio Races where I just wanted to wrap myself in a blanket and sip tea and dream of an island filled with love and magic. This is one of the best I have read this year and it’s only March. I’m pretty sure it will cement its spot nonetheless.

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