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    I may have gained 5 pounds reading this book.

    What would you do if everything you knew to be true was turned upside down and you found out the world as you knew it was a façade? That’s what happens to Gina in Amy E. Reichert’s The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go. Regina Zoberski, a single mom, is running Grilled G’s, a gourmet grilled cheese food truck, while raising her teenage daughter May alone, after losing her husband. Trying to fit the broken pieces of her life together, while staying strong for her daughter, Gina already has her hands full. When her mom becomes ill, she finds herself torn in yet another direction. Her oppressive mother is determined to keep Gina on her toes until a deep-rooted family secret is suddenly revealed. Gina talks her sister into helping her get to the bottom of their family history and unravel the truths one thread at a time as they question their mother Lorraine, and her lifelong best friend and the girl’s nanny Roza. As they find the truths of their past, their relationships strengthen, both with each other and with their mom. I really related to Gina’s relationship with Lorraine. I think they had a similar bond, or lack thereof, as my mom and me, and I understood the vacancy in their kinship. It gave me hope to see how they slowly mended their hearts and built their bond as Lorraine fought to live and Gina fought to understand her mother, realizing their time together was suddenly limited. One must also at least mention the food aspect of this book. Oh, how my mouth watered for those grilled cheese sandwiches! Sweet, savory, crispy, and gooey. Then, throw in May’s love of all things brownies, and I may have gained 5 pounds reading this book. Delicious! The title of this book so perfectly summed up Gina’s life perspective. She didn’t have the easiest childhood, then her adulthood provided her with plenty of lemons, and yet she relentlessly produced lemonade for herself and those around her. When life got tough, she got tougher. When she discovered the deeply buried secrets, she did something about it. What a beautiful outlook to have on life. She was a true example of seeing the world as half full, rather than half empty, a message we can all hold onto. A fantastically food-induced 4 star! **Review by Amy, Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night with Books**
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    Love this author!

    Gina, a single Mom, finds her mom very cold and critical of her while she's growing up and she never knows why. After Lorraine, her mom, suffers a stroke, she and her sister, find out a whole new life that their mom lived that they didn't know about. Turns out you can't judge a book by its cover. So good!

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