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The Sweetness of Salt

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  637 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Julia just graduated as her high school valedictorian, has a full ride to college in the fall and a coveted summer internship clerking for a federal judge. But when her older sister, Sophie, shows up at the graduation determined to reveal some long buried secrets, Julia's carefully constructed plans come to a halt. Instead of the summer she had painstakingly laid out, Juli ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books (first published October 25th 2010)
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Jodi
The Sweetness of Salt was one of those books that grabbed my attention based on it's book cover. I thought that it was going to be a cute, fun read. I was surprised to find that it was actually a serious book about a dysfunctional family and there long-harbored secrets.

I wish that there was a rating somewhere in between "It was OK" and "I liked it." If I could develop my own rating scale, I would give this one a "It had potential."

The Sweetness of Salt focuses on Julia, a girl who by every pill
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Rachel
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 hi
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Jodi Papazian
The Sweetness of Salt was one of those books that grabbed my attention based on it's book cover. I thought that it was going to be a cute, fun read. I was surprised to find that it was actually a serious book about a dysfunctional family and there long-harbored secrets.

I wish that there was a rating somewhere in between "It was OK" and "I liked it." If I could develop my own rating scale, I would give this one a "It had potential."

The Sweetness of Salt focuses on Julia, a girl who by every pill
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Makayla Brown
This book was ok, the meaning of what happened and how it effected the characters was hard to figure out. Julia was the main character, she just graduated high school and was trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life, she thought she wanted to be a lawyer. Zoe is her best-friend who supports her decisions that she makes. Milo is Zoe's brother and the guy who Julia likes. Sophie is Julia's sister and she does not get along with her and Julia's parents at all! Then there is the tabl ...more
Christina
I had a really hard time even giving this read two stars. The premise was good- although a bit generic- but fell short on execution. The characters were a slow build, and didn't really seem to have much development(or as much as a reader would expect to have with a completed story and for a non-series) at all in the end. Once again, I was stung by a pretty cover with not a great deal of substance inside. =(

Also, I don't know whether to feel giddy that I spotted them (I'm a nerd who loves to find
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Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
I got about 50 pages in, when Julia had the big family 'secret' finally told to her. I just couldn't bring myself to care about it because I didn't care about HER. I wanted to like this book and maybe I'll finish it someday with a different opinion. Maybe someone else will like it more than me, and I want them to give it a chance - hence the missing star rating. I don't knowhow I'd feel at end so I have no right to judge. But it was NOT the right book for me. May the next reader have more luck w ...more
Grace Pho
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Jill Marie Swanson
I've been in a contemporary mood lately. Maybe because Summer is just around the corner and good weather is perfect for digesting some slices of life. I happened upon The Sweetness of Salt and was intrigued by the title. I'm a sucker for catchy titles. This book turned out to be a step away from a tear jerker, one that I finished in a single reading session. The big secret the blurb on the back cover hints at isn't so much one thing as an accumulation of many. This is a story about a family that ...more
Amy
Valedictorian and all around perfect daughter Julia couldn't be more different than her volatile older sister Sophie. So when Julia ditches her plans to be a summer intern in favor of helping her sister open a bakery five hours away, her parents are less than thrilled. But the sisters need time to heal from a devastating family secret that Julia just learned. And Julia just might learn to be her own person, rather than the perfect child she was groomed to be.

While Julia's narration did keep me i
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Lisa
I stumbled upon this book at the library, looking for something a little lighter than I had been reading but that also had some depth. The title intrigued me, as well as the mysterious relationship between the two sisters. Only later did I realize that the book takes place in Poultney, VT, a place I once called home. So perhaps I got drawn into the nostalgia of reading about a place I recognized. Whatever it is, I found this to be a sweet story about someone trying to learn and understand the tr ...more
Erika Lynn
I had been overdosing on the paranormal recently so I jumped at the chance to read The Sweetness of Salt which was wonderfully contemporary. It wasn’t a book I had heard much buzz about but I jumped in and found myself in a wonderful real world with well-rounded characters and a ton of crazy family secrets.

Galante does a great job in this novel of really creating layered, deep characters and showing how complicated family relationships can be. I loved Julia, who has lived an incredibly sheltered
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Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
Julia just graduated from high school and in a couple of weeks she's going to start her internship with a federal judge. In the fall, she's going to attend the University of Pittsburgh on a full ride scholarship and eventually become a lawyer like her father. But all of Julia's plans were shot to hell when her much older sister Sophie came to visit. Sophie and Julia were never close, partly due to their age difference but mostly because Sophie's anger and hateful attitude--every time she comes t ...more
Arminzerella
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Khornberger
Julia is a valedictorian who is heading to law school. Her absent older sister surprises her with a graduation visit, and gives her a car and a key to her apartment as a gift. Overwhelmed, Julia is grateful but doesn't know how to respond since her sister has been consistently terrible to her entire family and continues to be on her graduation night claiming it will be her last visit home forever.

Julia tries to ignore the drama, but later asks her parents about a part of the conversation that h
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Page Turners Blog
The Sweetness of Salt is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. Julia has her life planned out, she has just graduated at the top of her class, will spend the summer interning for a federal judge, before heading off to college. In her eyes, her life is almost perfect - she just needs to get the boy next door come to his senses.

Cecilia Galante did an excellent job writing these characters - they are complex, with deep emotional ties to the past. This is Julia's story, but her sister Sophie shine
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Kari Anderson
Julia is the perfect teenage girl. She has her head on her shoulders, with academics as her focus. The cherry on her perfect high school career is being valedictorian and planning on going to law school, just like her father. But the perfect life turns to a nightmare just hours after her valedictorian speech when she finds out her family has kept a major secret from her.

To try to get to the bottom of things, Julia drives all night to her estranged sister’s Sophie’s house. Little does she know, h
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Caroline
May 01, 2012 Caroline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like realistic family drama
Julia and Sophie are sisters, but they aren't close. Julia is the younger "perfect" sister while Sophie is the older...um...mess. This book tells the story of how they come to terms with their relationship (or lack thereof) and the secret that has been kept from Julia her whole life. There is a road trip made, a romance blossoming, and a summer of discoveries for Julia as the whole story behind the family secret is slowly revealed. The relationship between Julia and Sophie is realistically drawn ...more
Joni Thomas
One of the most touching books I have ever read. Julia has just graduated as valedictorian of her senior class and is preparing for her summer internship at the courthouse to prepare her for her future career as a lawyer when her older sister Sophie shows and up just like that, everything is changed. Sophie drops a bombshell that makes Julia question everything about her family. So when her sister goes home to Vermont, Julia follows her, making the trip from Ohio to Vermont in one long dark nigh ...more
NovelReaction
In The Sweetness Of Salt by Cecilia Galante, Julia’s life is exactly where she wants it to be. She just graduated at the top of her class, has an internship at a law firm, and got into her first choice of colleges. In order for her plans to unfold all she needs is to get through the dreaded family dinner. Sophie, Julia’s older sister is in town to visit and has brought all the family drama with her. In the middle of dinner Sophie begins to tell a dark family secret which turns Julia’s plans upsi ...more
Jess Schira
Ms. Galante has done an excellent job writing a book that deals with the concept of forgiveness and redemption in a manner that is not only believable but also entertaining. Although the actions of are sometimes a little hard to understand, she does act like a typical 17 year old. Personally, my favorite character was Sophie, who pulled the story together.

The book also does a wonderful job of showing how artists tend to look at the world a little differently than regular folk do. The characters
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Natalee
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Julia just graduated as her high school valedictorian, has a full ride to college in the fall and a coveted summer internship clerking for a federal judge. But when her older sister, Sophie, shows up at the graduation determined to reveal some long buried secrets, Julia's carefully constructed plans come to a halt. Instead of the summer she had painstakingly laid out, Julia follows Sophie back to Vermont, where Sophie is opening a bakery—and struggling with some secrets of her
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Reading Sarah
Julia has never really understood her moody (and much older) sister Sophie. She dreads Sophie's return for her high school graduation, and the experience lives up to her fears. Julia is underachiever Sophie's opposite in every way and has her whole life mapped out in front of her. Before Sophie leaves in as much of a whirlwind as she came in she gives Julia two gifts: a car and a place to drive the car. Sophie wants Julia to come up to visit her in the house she's renovating in Vermont (which wi ...more
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
Julia thought she had everything worked out after graduating high school. She would start her internship at a law firm over the summer then go to Pittsburgh with plans of being a lawyer just like her father. When Julia's older sister Sophie comes back home to celebrate, arguments ensue (like they always do when Sophie arrives), and a family secret begins to reveal itself. Julia’s perfectly planned world is turned upside down and she decides to do the unthinkable. Put her life and potential caree ...more
Taryn Brittany
Julia, the high school valedictorian, has a full scholarship to a university where she plans to study pre-law. She's also lined up a great internship for the summer to get some practical experience. Everything is going according to plan until her older sister Sophie comes to town. Sophie has always had a troubled relationship with her parents, and Julia is about to find out why. When Julia learns a shocking family secret, she decides to go stay with her sister for the summer, giving up her inter ...more
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.

The Sweetness of Salt is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. Julia has her life planned out, she has just graduated at the top of her class, will spend the summer interning for a federal judge, before heading off to college. In her eyes, her life is almost perfect - she just needs to get the boy next door come to his senses.

Cecilia Galante did an excellent job writing these characters - they are complex, with deep emotional ties to the past. This is Julia's story, but her sister Sophie shin
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Liralen
The lasting impression that I had with this book was that the author was trying to do too much.

It seems to be de rigueur these days for YA novels - at least, those targeted at girls - to include a romance (usually tinged with some kind of Obstacle or Misunderstanding that prevents the main character from being with her One True Love), but Julia's romantic story added very little here. The real story was the one with her family, and that was...weird.

The author seems to have tied the hands of the
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Kenya Liggons
I find this book very interesting! I think this book had some niches, but it doesn't deserve 5 stars. The story starts off with this teenage girl, named Julia, she has just gotten out of high school, and now she planning the rest of her life as far as college, and job. Julia made the highest ranking at the top of her class, I think it's called Valid Victorian. Anyway as the story goes on, Julia has to sit down at dinner with her family, and as they are talking about what is going on in everyone' ...more
Emily Nygren
I had a hard time getting through this book. I thought that the overall premise of this book was good, but it wasn't executed well. The book moved very slowly. There was a lot of unnecessary over description in odd places and I found myself skimming over most of it. I did not like the characters. I didn't like their actions and reactions to many things throughout the story. They were very one dimensional and underdeveloped. I didn't think certain aspect of the story really made sense, such as (v ...more
Abby Johnson
Julia has just graduated valedictorian of her class and is headed for a summer internship in a law office before college, where she'll be a pre-law political science major. She thinks she's got everything figured out, but is that really the life she wants or is it what her parents want for her? When her older sister Sophie comes to visit and unveils a family secret, suddenly everything has changed. To clear her head, Julia goes to stay with Sophie and help her renovate an old house she's turning ...more
Christen
This was a unique and interesting story that I definitely enjoyed. Julia graduates high school and spends the summer with her older sister Sophia. While she is there she begins to uncover a family secret that has been hidden her whole life. Julia not only learns about her family, but she spends the summer learning a lot about herself too.

I thought this was a great book because even though the big "family secret" is the draw in the book description, I actually enjoyed how Julia learned a lot abou
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