Summer of Salt

Katrina Leno

fiction lgbtqia+ magical realism young adult
emotional inspiring lighthearted medium-paced

256 pages | first published 2018

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

A magic passed down through generations. An island where strange things happen. A summer that will become legend.

Georgina Fernweh waits impatiently for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has touched every woman in her family. But with her eighteenth birthday looming, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, falling in love, and the mystery behind one rare three-hundred-year-old bird—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

In Summer of Salt, Katrina Leno weaves another gorgeously original novel of magical realism and coming-of-age. Fans of April Genevieve Tucholke and Anna-Marie McLemore will be swept away.

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emotional 69%
mysterious 55%
hopeful 50%
reflective 32%
adventurous 26%
lighthearted 26%
sad 26%
relaxing 17%
dark 16%
inspiring 14%
funny 10%
challenging 3%
tense 3%


medium 58%
fast 30%
slow 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 40% | Character: 40% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 63% | No: 17% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 89% | No: 6% | It's complicated: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 48% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 23% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 55% | No: 20% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 6%

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