The Sweetness of Salt [NOOK Book]

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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 own. What follows is a summer of ...
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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 own. What follows is a summer of revelations-some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, and all slowly pointing Julia toward a new understanding of both herself and of the sister she never really knew.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jonatha Basye
Julia, valedictorian of her graduating class, has been awarded a full scholarship to college in the fall. She is determined to become what her family wants her to be—a successful trial lawyer who will eventually marry the perfect man and raise a perfect family. Much of this stems from her older sister, Sophie, who was far from the perfect child. Sophie was brooding and almost completely introverted, except when she was baking. Julia recalls Sophie spending entire weekends in the kitchen creating delectable masterpieces that she would rarely share with her or her parents. These were secrets Sophie shared with others, not her family. Now Sophie is back for Julia's graduation, and she brings a storm with her. Julia's family has kept a secret from her for many years—a secret that could potentially rip the family apart. Julia's journey will begin with Sophie, but it will end with herself. Julia is not unlike most teenagers in today's world. She has absolutely no idea what she wants out of life. She is attempting to fit into a box that has been labeled by her parents, and she slowly realizes that she wants nothing to do with it. What makes this novel great is its simplicity. It is poignant without becoming overbearing; it is quiet yet speaks volumes. It contains a realness that is almost uncomfortable to face at times. The characters are wonderful because they are broken; they verge on greatness because of their willingness to change and become better. This is an excellent novel, one that deserves to be read. Reviewer: Jonatha Basye
VOYA - Christine Catlin
Galante does a skilled job of constructing deep, layered characters with complicated family relationships. Reminiscent in style to novels by Sarah Dessen, the main character, Julia, undergoes an incredible journey from being naive and quiet to trying to create a relationship and figure out who she truly is. Although some of the romance is unrealistic, overall teens will enjoy this story of drama, secrets, self-discovery, and love. Reviewer: Christine Catlin, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Julia is graduating from high school as valedictorian and preparing for her summer internship in the attorney general's office. To help celebrate her academic achievement, her sister Sophie comes in from Vermont. Sophie is eight years older than Julia and with her comes a flood of memories, memories of good times and memories of Sophie's volatile anger. Julia is not pleased to see her. At dinner things become testy and Sophie insists that her parents tell Julia the truth about their move to Ohio and the death of another child. Julia is flabbergasted. What other child? Why has no one ever mentioned her sister who died at age four? Ignoring her parents' explanation, Julia packs her car and heads off to Vermont to spend time with the older sister she has both loved and hated. In the process, she learns so much more about Sophie.Julia also learns more about herself, about her own dreams and passions and how much of her plans for the future had been her parents' dreams. Julia's realization of her family's history is a subtle journey. The bits and pieces of Sophie's life before Julia was born are only part of the story; other significant details are presented as Julia comes to terms with her parents' tragic loss and her parents' attempt to start over. While mature readers come to learn more about Julia and her family, they will also be learning more about the complicated dynamics of even the most loving families. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—High school valedictorian and overachiever Julia feels that she has her life all figured out. She plans to be a lawyer like her father, who has lined up a summer internship for her, to be followed by pre-law at a college where she has been given a full scholarship. Julia has never questioned her parents' overprotectiveness or their insistence on perfection in everything. This all changes when her older sister Sophie, who has long been estranged from the family, comes to her graduation and gives her a car and an invitation to visit her in Vermont, where she is renovating an old house and planning to open a bakery. Impulsively, Julia decides to take Sophie up on the offer and ends up spending the summer working on the house, meeting new people, and discovering some truths that her parents have kept from her. Julia also comes to understand herself better and to make her own decisions for her future. This is a quiet but powerful story, and the gradual revelations of family secrets make it an absorbing read. Both Julia and Sophia are complex, believable characters, and the slow development and strengthening of their relationship is one of the highlights of the book. Readers of Laurie Halse Anderson's Catalyst (Viking, 2002) and Megan Frazer's Secrets of Truth and Beauty (Hyperion, 2009) will appreciate this story, as will Sarah Dessen fans.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

On graduation, valedictorian Julia has her summer planned out—avoid Milo, who snubbed her after prom; start a prestigious internship, arranged by her lawyer father; pack for her first year in prelaw, also encouraged by her father—until her polar-opposite sister, Sophie, shows up and demands that Julia be told the truth about the family's secret past. Feeling betrayed after learning that she had a sister who lived and died before she was born, the usually calculating teen gives up all her plans to follow Sophie back to her small Vermont town and help her turn an old house into a bakery, Sophie's longtime dream. In this slow yet ultimately satisfying story, as Julia reconnects with Sophie, gets to know the locals and begins talking to Milo again, she discovers that she has more in common with Sophie than she ever imagined, how their sister actually died, the real meaning of honesty, a sense of community and her own aspirations. Like salt brings out sweetness, the drama draws out the sweet, sniffle-inducing ending. (Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906508
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 437,107
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 503 KB

Meet the Author

Cecilia Galante
CECILIA GALANTE has a BA from King's College, Pennsylvania, and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, Vermont. Her previous books include Hershey, Herself and The Patron Saint of Butterflies. A former high school English teacher, Cecilia lives with her husband and three children in Pennsylvania. ceciliagalante.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Not bad

    It wasnt the best book i read but i still really liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    At first i thought this book was gonna be really good. It's not. To be honest, i could not even read the whole book, it just seemed so boring. So when i skipped to the end, i was o glad i did not bother to read the middle.

    SPOILER!!!
    At the beginning julia loves this guy named milo. They even go to prom and she kisses him and he pulls away fast. So they talk and tell eachother they dont like eachother. Then at the end, she calls him and he's all like, i loveyou, and she is all, i love you too. Then they get together. I mean, how cheesy is that? I really do not reccomend this book at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    :)

    I loooove this book!!!!! I totally recommend this...it is wort the $5

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Fantastic!

    I had the privilege to read this book before it came out to the general public and it simply took my breath away. Absolutely amazing! Without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read... and I will certainly reread!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    a heart warming welcome

    A very well written book. I enjoyed every moment of it! Every fight, conversation, sentence, and word brought a new light on life. Hidden within this book is a message everyone needs to hear. This book is heart warming and original, welcome to overtake me with it's words anytime, anyday. A beautifully written book that you will not soon forget!!

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