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The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate

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  • Addiction is a tough subject. Sounds like the author tackled it quite well.
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  • This is the second review I’ve read of this one and you both pretty much had similar thoughts. I really did like your insightful views on the title. Great review, Serena. You have a gift for words.

  • Serena, I definitely agree with you on this book especially when it came to race. It just wasn’t enough there. Great review.

    • Glad to hear I wasn’t alone on that one. I commented on the book discussion late, so I wasn’t sure what others thought about that.

  • The cover is so striking as is the premise — too bad it didn’t wholly satisfy. I don’t mind unappealing characters now and then but I need a book to be spectacular to hold me then. I’ll probably pass on this — I’ve seen pretty uneven reviews — as it’s not quite my taste. I loved your analysis of the title with the story, btw!

    • I really picked this book up without expectations, which is unusual for me. It was an unsolicited review copy, and I thought what the heck. I liked the title and thought about it the whole time I was reading. I wanted to know what it meant.

  • Ti

    I love multi-faceted, struggling characters. I love this cover, too.

    • I like the cover, but it really has little to do with the book.

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  • I’m glad you focused on a possible meaning for the title, especially since it’s not obvious based on the book summary. After all the reviews I’ve read, I’m leaning toward skipping this one. Great review, as always, and glad you enjoyed the Book Club discussion.

    • I was a bit late to the discussion, but it was good to read everyone’s reactions and to answer the initial questions.

  • Terrific review, Serena – I liked how you analyzed the title (titles always interest me!)…and yes, great discussion book!

    • I always wonder about titles too. I just can’t help think, why this title? Now the cover of this one really is nice, but doesn’t speak to the contents of the story.

  • Interesting observation about the salt. I never did really get what that was about! I agree with you about the race. As you know, I was disappointed Josie never got any insights into her own addictiveness, nor did she develop any compassion for others. She was so cold and judgmental and focused only on her self that I just didn’t like her!

    • I didn’t like Josie, and normally that doesn’t keep me from liking a book, but there were other things in this book that just didn’t coalesce for me.

  • The reviews of this book seem to be mixed, but it sounds like a book I’d like.

    • I liked it well enough, just isn’t among my top reads for the year.

  • I’m thinking that this one might be a really good discussion book!

    • It did generate a large amount of discussion on Jen’s blog Devourer of Books. I think it would make a good book club pick.

  • Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic

    I really enjoyed this book. Personally, I enjoyed the different point of views. I felt like it gave a more well-rounded story. Great review.

    • Alexis, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I liked it well enough, it just didn’t “wow” me.