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Summer of Salt

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,422 ratings  ·  669 reviews
Magic passed down through generations. An island where strange things happen. One summer that will become legend.

Practical Magic meets Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls and Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap in this lush, atmospheric novel by acclaimed author Katrina Leno.

Georgina Fernweh waits impatiently for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has touched every woman in her f
Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by HarperTeen
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شيماء ✨
My heart has the deep, overwhelming desire to be held close in a dimly lit room, covered in blankets while rain is softly falling outside. I picked up Summer of Salt for an enchanting blend of the whimsy and the queer—in both senses of the word—and left with so much more, and for that sole reason, it was perfection.

So, what's this book about?

Stories grow in the small town of By-the-Sea as they do anywhere, fed on whispers and rumors and half-truths. Twin sisters Georgina and Mary Fernweh are
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 1/29/19: Finished my re-read of this on the plane home from ALA this morning and idk what it is about reading on planes but it makes everything feel EVEN MORE EMOTIONAL? This book is fantastic and I still love it so damn much. SO MUCH.

Original read 8/6/18: I cannot even begin to tell you guys how much I loved this book. I went into it thinking it was going to be a fun, queer contemporary romance with some whimsical elements, and while it did feature all of those things, it was SO MUCH MO

(My amazing friend Madalyn, at Novel Ink, gave this to me as a birthday gift!) 💖

“Of all the stories about my family, the Fernweh women and the island of By-the-Sea, there are two that no one will ever forget. One is the story of how my sister, Mary, and I were born. And the other is the story of the summer we turned eighteen. This summer.”

This was nothing short of a beautiful delight to read. This was moving, and powerful, and magical, and sweet, yet also heartbreaking. This reads like a mix
C.G. Drews
I always expect a beautifully magical time when it comes to a Leno book. 😍And actually excuse me while I sit here all starry-eyed, but this was EXACTLY as beautiful and magical as I hoped. (Although I think my favourite Leno book is always going to be Everything All at Once because BOOKS. And ANXIETY. Basically the most relatable thing ever.)

This one is slightly more magicy than the others, with a family living on an island who actually do downright witchy things like float and turn into birds
Kayla Dawn
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
3,5* - Awesome atmosphere, quite a unique premise and a VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE.
(Even though the sentence "Men are always killing things" is definitely too much for me. Please stop hating on man for the sake of feminism, that's not really what it's about)

BUT it was way too short! Especially the last quarter felt very rushed and a little overdone. Everything happened so fast and that just made it feel less real and overdramatic.
The characters could've used a little more depth as well, they were
joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
"Are you happy at all?" she asked tentatively.
"Of course I'm happy. Why wouldn't I be happy?"
"Oh, I don't know. Sometimes you just find reasons not to be."

4 stars for a beautifully written and enchanting book.

Summer of Salt is the magical, whimsical story of falling in love, two twins, and a summer unlike any before. It focuses on a story passed down through generations, on birds-that-might-not-be-birds, on the magic and darkness that lurks just beneath the island's peaceful waves. With inspir
may ➹
fitting that my first read of 20biteen features the softest, purest romance between two girls!
chandler ainsley ♕
not at all what i expected, but twice as lovely

i'm going to be frank with you, going into this i expected magical realism and rape. that's the two things i had heard about this book. so i kept putting off reading it.

and yes, this book does have both of those things but it has a lot more. the first thing i noticed when reading was the way i immediately felt like i was in By The Sea. katrina leno doesn't rely on overly purple prose but even in the dead of winter i felt like i was in this small mag
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
This was just such a ‘me’ book. It was exactly what I wanted to read, and I absolutely loved it.
Julie Zantopoulos
I'm so so thankful to my bookish friends who told me I had to read this book, you weren't wrong. This was a beautiful book with sexual fluidity and representation in it is often lacking in magical realism/witchy reads.

"I think a person can be home, sometimes, just as much as a place or a house can."

Chelsea from Chelseadolling reads described it as a mash-up of The Wicked Deep and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender which are two of my favorite books. It was 100% just that, only wi
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Summer of Salt is an incredibly atmospheric book that makes you feel like you're right there with the characters!

“On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic.”

What had initially convinced me to pick this book up was the f/f romance. I'm normally not that into any kind of "witch" stories and don't read much fabulism anymore. But something about this book reached out to me.
And it was absolutely wonderful. I liked the subtle magic so much. The fabulism worked s
Katrina Leno
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Feels like this would make a great movie, someone should call Hollywood.
this book is the embodiment of waves crashing into each other. you know when you’re standing on a beach, and you’re watching a wave make its way to you, and you think to yourself: “i think i should stand here and let myself be taken by the sea.” and that’s exactly what happens by the end of this book. as the last words wash over you, you realize what they mean by the act of drowning: it’s the act of escaping.

i escaped to a small little island over the course of this book, and i really don’t wan
Rebecca McNutt
Summer of Salt is very unorthodox, and in a good way. Containing elements of magic and deep family ties, its characters can do any variety of amazing things at will - except for Georgie, our non-magic storyteller. Oftentimes she acts like there's nothing special about her because of her lack of powerful talents, until she meets Prue, a tourist who's arrived for a summer of bird-watching. The two girls spark up a romance, and meanwhile the book address themes of sibling rivalry, courage and the p ...more
Es Summer
"She was born for the smell of water, for the way it sank into your bones, stained your skin, dyed your blood a deep, salty blue."

This novel reads like a force of nature.
The lyrical prose combined with the love for nature makes it very descriptive and surrealistic.
I think the idea of the story was interesting. I like magical fiction that is written so realistically and this novel is exactly that with a lot details about daily life during summer time.
It kinda reminded me of We Were Liars. I no
Unlike Katrina Leno’s previous books, the magical realism in Summer of Salt isn’t subtle. The magic in this book is evident right from the beginning and plays a central role in the story. What isn’t evident from the beginning, however, is the important and powerful message this book has to share. It would have been a sweet, diverse, wonderfully relatable coming-of-age story regardless, but Katrina Leno doesn’t leave it at that. She wanted her book to mean something, and oh, did she succeed. This ...more
Karima chermiti

Trigger warning : Rape, Animal cruelty, Slut shaming

4 “We loved with a love that was more than love” stars

A book about magic, atmospheric island and complicated siblings relationships told in a beautiful and hypnotic writing style and yet it was lacking, something was missing or maybe was badly executed?

Summer of salt follows our main character, Georgina and her twin sister Mary as they navigate their final summer in their home island before they leave to college. Georgina and Mary Fernweh belon
'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.'*


Holy shit, Summer of Salt just kind of creeps up on you about what its actually doing and I loved that about it. I mean, up until halfway through I was just having a great time reading this heartwarming
Cori Reed
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 star

What a beautiful little book.
In Georgina Fernweh's family, it's just accepted: the Fernweh women have magic. Every female in Georgina's family has received their magic by age of eighteen. Georgina is almost eighteen, though, and she's shown no sign of getting her magic. Her twin sister, Mary, has floated since birth. Mary and Georgina live on an island, By-the-Sea, which isn't a regular place to grow up. Strange things happen here: it could snow one minute and be sunny and 70 the next. Their mother concocts sleeping potions ...more
Scarllet ✦ Underrated Lit Warrior
oKAY you know what? It started raining right as I finished this book. There's some lightning/thunder blessing my ears right now and I call that the magic of Summer of Salt.

Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, the-dirty
"On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic."

I can already feel that this is gonna be an Unpopular Opinion Time 🐸☕

TW: rape, slut shaming

This was…just not my thing.

First though, lemme point out the diversity in this book:
lesbian main character
aroace side character
bi side character

If I gotta be honest, though, apart from the very appreciated diversity, the characters themselves felt rather…two-dimensional? They weren’t captivating and special.

Throughout the re
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
T/W: sexual assault, r*pe mentions, slut shaming, animal cruelty, animal death

wow. i don’t know if i’ll ever be able to review this in a comprehensive manner. this book was FANTASTIC.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My goodness!!! Summer of Salt was exactly the book I was looking for! It had everything I wanted - a beautiful and touching storyline, wonderful writing, the sense of a small community, intrigue, excitement, twin-sister relationships and a touch of the magical.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading SoS but the premise alone intrigued me and soon I was eating through the pages. SoS focuses on two twins (Georgina and Mary Fernweh) whose family have lived on an island called By-the-Sea
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I personally had no intention of picking up Summer of Salt sooner. In my case, I really want to read it but the instant I discovered the plot would touch rape, I know I’m not in the best place to delve it. Although, impulses happen when you’re bored.

Summer of Salt is my first Katrina Leno book, and I had no idea she has penchant for exploring hard-hitting topics. The story started with a lyrical note.

On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things salt and magic.

I was easily tran
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second round with Summer of Salt and I'm sitting here trying very hard not to cry. This book is gorgeous. I need a movie. I need to reread it again already. I just want to live in this story where the bad guys get what they deserve and everything is just a little more magical
4.5 stars

This book stole my heart.

It's been almost two months now since I read this book, and I can't stop thinking about it.

Summer of Salt was completely unlike anything I've ever read. It was whimsical and fun, but also dark and creepy. It was soft and sweet, with an underlying current of something much darker.

And I adored it.

I will say, it took me a while to warm up to it. Largely because while I liked the characters... nothing really happened for the first 100 or so pages. (Keep in mind this
↠ dan ↞
magical realism !! birds !!! islands !!!! soft relationships !!!!! this book is EVERYTHING. definitely a favorite♡
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