Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno: Book Review

Happy Tuesday, friends! My reviews finally made it to my 2019 reads! Summer of Salt was the first book I finished in the new year. I started the year roughly in my personal life so I took a break from read and social media. I picked this up because it was a f/f relationship and was a book group book. I watched the live stream and even have notes for this review. I know, shocking! Haha.

As I mentioned, Summer of Salt is a f/f relationship, but not the main focus of the story. It’s described as contemporary with some magical realism. We follow Georgina during the summer months after finishing high school and before going off for college (Goodreads).


My Rating: 3.75 out of stars

To start, I very much enjoyed the setting of a small island. The beginning was a bit slow that included some heavy fore-shadowing that was not very settle and so I guessed part of the twist ending. That’s something I never do because it really has to slap me across the face for me to guess even part of the ending. What I didn’t guess, the ending was epic and dramatic. It was refreshing to see a community that was so accepting of LGBT characters and accepting of what is revealed at the end.

The relationships between family and friends were awesome. I really enjoyed that each character had their own journey throughout the book like Prue and Mary, not just Georgina. I thought Mary’s and Isabella’s storylines were beautifully parallel and poetic. I have to say out of every one Harrison was my favourite character. There were so many great moments with him, especially between him and Georgina.

A quote I really liked, kind of spoilery if you haven’t the book yet:

“I knew that he would use that gun, because that is what small, scared men did: they used things more powerful than themselves to make up the difference. They hid behind weapons of mass destruction: big guns and bigger bombs.”

As always, thanks for reading!


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