The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out.Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition a...


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TitleThe Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
ISBN9781501154942
Author
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit
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Reviews The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    4 positively optimistic and heartwarming stars to The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a special, endearing book. I finished this on Mother’s Day, and I think it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift because it’s all about mothers and daughters.Gina’s mother, Lorraine, is harsh and at any given time can offer a laundry list of Gina’s faults. She also has a teenage daughter, May...
  • Bam
    1970-01-01
    *3.5 stars rounded up.Regina is a young widow caught between her feisty, rebellious teenage daughter and her aging hyper-critical mother but she keeps her sanity by making lists. When her mother suffers a debilitating stroke, Gina and her sister need to go through her papers and are shocked to learn their mother has been keeping a huge secret. What impact will the truth have on their own lives at this point? Amy Reichert deftly handles the family...
  • Heidi
    1970-01-01
    Three and a half stars: An emotional and touching book about family, grief and new beginnings. Gina clings to her to do lists. The lists are the way she manages to get through each day since the crushing death of her husband two years ago. Gina’s days involve plenty of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that she serves up in her food truck. However, the bills are piling up, her teenage daughter, May, refuses to speak to her, and her mother is im...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    1970-01-01
    I have now officially read 75% off all of Amy E. Reichert books now (I'm looking at you, Luck, Love & Lemon Pie!)...and I have loved and enjoyed them all, but this one really takes the cake as the most special one I've read yet. I am always drawn to "food fiction" since I first read Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, which is how I first came to find Reichert's The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. However, in Optimist, we also get an important multi-generati...
  • Sherri Thacker
    1970-01-01
    I love reading ALL books by Amy E. Reichert so I was so happy when I saw this one come out in print!! I’ve been waiting Amy!!! All of her books are just a joy to read and it’s great to take a break from the psychological thrillers I’ve been reading. Lots of love, heart ache, loss and friendship between 3 generations of women. This was a fast read to me and I didn’t want it to end. Now I want a grilled cheese sandwich! (and a delicious bro...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO BY AMY E. REICHERT BOOK REVIEWI am a huge fan of Amy E. Reichert. Reading The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is like slipping back into my favorite shoes. No matter where I’m going, the walk is more enjoyable.What’s great about being familiar with an author’s work is I have an idea where Amy will take me. See, with Amy, th...
  • Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    1970-01-01
    This was my first novel by Amy E. Reichert and it won't be my last. This story had everything I love in a book: strong emotional connections to the characters, a past and present storyline, delicious food descriptions and an ending that left me satisfied with the story. I dare you to read this book and not crave grilled cheese and brownies. I made it past the first 100 pages before I broke out the panini maker for dinner. 😂 I still need to com...
  • Kate Olson
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to the publisher for this review copy!Oh, how I adore Amy E. Reichert's books - ADORE. I am a born and bred Wisconsin resident and can't get enough of her domestic (and foodie!) fiction set on the eastern side of my home state. While each story is completely different, they all have her signature style and sense of home that I have come to depend on in her novels. This newest title is one of my favorites of hers - mothers and daughters and...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    Zowza!!! (I saw this word in a book I read this week, sorry I can't remember which to give credit to, but I love it!!I loved this book!!!It was filled with so many great characters. There were so many times that I just wanted to haul off and slap a couple of them. They grated my nerves so much, especially Lorraine. That was, of course, before I started shedding tears for those very same people. The story was amazing, the writing was amazing and I...
  • Colleen Oakley
    1970-01-01
    I'm a huge Amy Reichert fan and I think this is her best yet! Emotional, relatable, and chocked with her now-signature side of delicious food descriptions. Put this on the top of your TBR!
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    I so enjoyed reading Reichert’s The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and was thrilled to see that Amy had written a new book. Couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Well, it pulled me in from the start. I am impressed at the author's skill in capturing family dynamics in a heartfelt way. I loved that food again shares the spotlight which was one of my favorite things about Coconut Cake - this time gourmet grilled cheese is on my plate - yum! A very en...
  • Sophia
    1970-01-01
    Three generations of women in one family have struggled to connect. Until now. An older woman's stroke brings out a long-held secret and is the catalyst for healing to begin with her daughters and her granddaughter. It was heartwarming, bittersweet, and a family story that left me wanting to call my own mom and hug her.Gina is a widowed woman of two years running her fantastic Grilled G's food cart business (seriously, her versions of grilled che...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    After losing her husband (Drew) two years ago, woman (Gina) grieves while also caring for her sick mother (Lorraine). Occurring in just one week, this story tackled grief, a secret revealed, and the very complicated relationship between a mother, her daughter, and her granddaughter. Gina, grieving the loss of her amazing husband, Drew, is now a single parent to their daughter, May. At 14 years old, May was a typical, sulky, self-centered teenager...
  • Chris Conley
    1970-01-01
    Amy Reichert is a terrific author. Her stories examine issues that affect all of us. Grief is one of those feelings that we all will experience and yet no one experiences it or expresses it the same way. And, somehow, we give permission to others to tell us how to do it. Gina has a lot of troubles come her way. The way she copes is her way. This book is powerful and lovely.
  • Abida's Book Adventures
    1970-01-01
    Review to come!!!Update: This was a fun book to read. There wasn't too much drama or pointless scenes. The book is written in three perspectives Gina, Gina's daughter May, and Gina's mother Lorraine. Gina is a widow who is trying to live each day "normal" as possible. Things don't work out in Gina's favor by having a judgmental mother and attention seeking daughter. One of the best thing about this book is the diversity in it. Most times when the...
  • Donna Hines
    1970-01-01
    Optimism even in the face of heartbreak and grief is much needed in order to move forward and achieve true happiness. There is no greater bond than that between a parent and a child but what if who you thought was your biological parent is NOT or what if the parent you had was not very attentive as a child, what if the parent is of a different sexual orientation? Ok, pass me the cheese burger and let's talk.Gina is a widow with a teen daughter Ma...
  • Gail
    1970-01-01
    I LOVE a well-done family saga and Reichert's newest novel does not disappoint! I read this book—a story about mothers and their complicated relationships with their daughters and the family secrets that affect them all—the same month I welcomed my own daughter into the world, which made it more special. While it may have been the hormones, I'm going to attribute it more to Amy's wonderful writing that I found myself tearing up multiple times...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    Multi-generational family stories are my favorites. When 3 generations of women get together there is usually fun, guilt and surprises. Gina's husband has died and her teen daughter May isn't handling it well. Gina is keeping their household afloat by running her food truck, the Grilled G's that her husband built. From the story you can tell Gina and her sister didn't have a happy childhood and visits to her mother are a chore, not a happy time. ...
  • Melissa Marino
    1970-01-01
    Fans of Amy Reichert will not be disappointed with this book! Three generations of women, all with their own stories of trials and tribulations, but it's the love that binds them when a decades old secret is uncovered. Gina is relatable, and shows her strength as a woman when tragedy strikes her family. Plus, all the grilled cheese creations she makes will have you wanting to make your own! Her mother, Lorraine, is that elderly woman we all know,...
  • Gaele
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars rounded There’s something so comfortable about a Reichert novel – like those fuzzy warm socks, and stretched out just the way you like it sweater, that simply engulfs you and demands you settle in and enjoy the ride. This novel is no different, even if the characters in this have more issues and struggles to work through than any of her previous stories. Told from the main character Gina’s point of view, with bits from her mother ...
  • Jenna
    1970-01-01
    It's always a special experience to read a story set in a familiar location. The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go takes place in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa and features mentions of well-known spots, including Kopp's and Polish Fest. It also smiled at the brief mention of cider from Door County--a slight nod to another story from Amy E. Reichert.The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go did not immediately sweep me away. Rather, I found the story to be quietl...
  • Kim Bruce Daniel
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely love Amy Reichert's books!!! This one didn't disappoint. Such a heartwarming story of a family and family secrets. And of course the food!!! Never wanted a grilled cheese sandwich so much in my life while reading about Regina's family and her food truck. A definite must read.
  • Angie
    1970-01-01
    The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go was not what I was expecting. After reading Reichert's other novels, I was expecting a romantic comedy with quirky characters and a lot of depth. Instead, Reichert delivers an emotional, heart-wrenching story about five women, told from the perspectives of three, Gina, Lorraine, and May. Gina lost her beloved husband, Drew, two years ago. Lorraine is Gina (and Vicky's) distant mother, who has never approved of G...
  • Leigh Kramer
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed The Simplicity Of Cider so I was hoping for another delightful read in The Optimist's Guide To Letting Go. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time getting into it and the story never really picked up. The characters were messes in their own way, which could have led to some great redemption arcs but I never felt connected to them. Part of this may be due to the reliance on flashbacks. I wanted present day action, not lingering in...
  • LORI CASWELL
    1970-01-01
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsGina Zoberski is trying to adjust to life without her husband, May misses her dad like crazy and thinks her mom doesn’t miss her dad enough. Gina’s mom, Lorraine continues to find fault in everything Gina says and does. When Lorraine has a debilitating stroke her real story comes to light and it is surprising.I know all too well that dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard. You need to find that balance of grieving i...
  • Really Into This
    1970-01-01
    Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO BY AMY E. REICHERT BOOK REVIEWI am a huge fan of Amy E. Reichert. Reading The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is like slipping back into my favorite shoes. No matter where I’m going, the walk is more enjoyable.What’s great about being familiar with an author’s work is I have an idea where Amy will take me. See, with Amy, th...
  • Darcy
    1970-01-01
    This is my first book by Reichert, and I was pleasantly surprised. It took me a little while to get emotionally involved in the story--I think there was a lot going on and so many different storylines to follow.The story focuses on three generations of women. May, the granddaughter, Gina, the daughter, and Lorraine, the mother. Lorraine is harsh and can nitpick just about anything dealing with Gina. May and Gina are still dealing with the after e...
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by author Amy E. Reichert is a wonderful story with layers and depths of life and drama between mothers and daughters. Lorraine, Regina & Victoria, and May are three generations in one family of women who each have had a disappointment which has been life-changing. Lorraine's secret comes to light after she has a stroke and her daughter Gina asks Lorraine's best friend Roza to help her identify some people in so...
  • Ciara Wilkie
    1970-01-01
    It's been awhile since I finished a book in one day, let alone decided not to so anything else all day while I read this book. I have never read anything by the author before but I was very excited to see she is a Wisconsinite! I love reading books that capture the Midwest culture and this book was also food fetishist's dream. I really emotionally connected with this book. I don't think everyone will but man Gina's life could be mine in 10 or so ...
  • Piepie
    1970-01-01
    This was the best mother/daughter story I've read in a long time! I love food trucks and food festivals, grilled cheese, and making lists - and so I really loved this story. I identified with Gina and May - we lost our dad to cancer in November. Even though he had about double the time that Joe did, it was still not enough, never. I loved how the mother/daughter dynamic was explored via Gina and May, and how a great sister/sister relationship was...