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

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

1. Get through to your daughter. 2. Buy more cheese. 3. Don't forget to call your mother.Grilled G's Gourmet Food Truck is where chef, owner, obsessive list-maker, and recent widow Gina Zoberski finds the order and comfort she needs to struggle through each day, especially when confronted with her critical mother Lorraine and sullen daughter May.Image-conscious Lorraine always knows best and expects her family to live up to her high expectations,...

Details The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

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

Reviews The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

  • Colleen Oakley
    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!
  • Gail
    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...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    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...
  • Melissa Marino
    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,...
  • Donna Hines
    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...
  • Diane
    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...
  • Piepie
    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...
  • Dianna
    A story about the relationships between mothers and daughters; how everyday decisions can affect not only our lives, but those we love. Whether it's something small we lie about or a secret we keep (and in this case for years), those decisions can have long term repercussions. These three generations of strong women learn about love and loss, heartbreak and forgiveness. But most of all, being true to yourself. (Have a tissue handy) And those gril...
  • r3ad3rsan0nym0us
    Gina speaks to my heart because this lady makes list for what needs to get done. She’s an optimistic person and finds comfort in routine-eat some comfort food (a delicious grilled cheese)-Read this book -call my mom -grieve Gina, now a widow, with a teenage daughter, a mother who always criticizes her choices, and a sister who seems to live in marital bliss because she has her husband and kids; Gina’s unimaginable grief, the emptiness she fee...
  • Mandy
    This was a ARC so I will forgive the spelling and grammatical errors, which is hard for me to do! Overall, I wish I could this book a 3.5. The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go would appeal to those on a beach vacation, looking for a quick and light book to read. I loved the premise of the story but felt the punch line was delivered a bit weak. I would have liked more depth. I did enjoy this book and I treated it as a break from my normal heavy read...
  • Jess
    I don’t often write reviews for books, but I was lucky enough to win this in a Goodreads giveaway. This book was delightful. Amy Reichert has done it again. She has managed to pull me into her story, entertain me, make me incredibly hungry for delicious foods, and also make me cry. This story is about mother and daughter relationships. Three generations worth. It is about life, loss, and the things we hide because we want to give others a bette...
  • Leigh Kramer
    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...
  • Carla Cullen
    Delightful, multi-generational story with an added bonus of the best-tasting ideas for grilled cheese sandwiches, ever.
  • Amy
    Heart-warming, delightful, and imbued with meaning. I chuckled, I teared up, I wanted grilled cheese! This story makes you think about being honest with your feelings and being true to yourself.
  • Amber Garabrandt
    Summary:Gina lost her husband and best friend, Drew, two years ago. Her sister Victoria has been a great help with trying to heal and being a sounding board; with the help of Grilled G’s- the food truck Drew fixed up for her- she might just look normal. Looks can be deceiving. She’s broken to the point of keeping his shirt in a zip lock baggie, keeping his old cell active so that she can hear him. She knows she has to be strong, that May need...
  • Ashley Christensen
    ***ARC provided by NetGalley ***I love a good multigenerational book, especially about families of women. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman, and was raised by mainly women, I feel like I can relate heavily when it’s a Mother/Daughter/Grandmother story.Of course, my life wasn’t really like May’s. I didn’t lose my dad, and was mostly a pretty well-adjusted teenager. And my mom wasn’t in mourning herself, trying to keep things together. A...
  • Bea
    Although I’m more of a suspense/thriller reader I was intrigued by the description of this book. I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read it! I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book! Talk about a heartwarming, family coming together through hardships kind of book! The author did a wonderful job of making this reader feel a part of the book. I love it when I actually get to feel what the characters feel and celebrate when they celebrat...
  • Rewarded with Words Book Blog
    *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I needed this book more than this book needed me. When I started reading it I didn't realize how much the content would stick with me. Or make me cry. I haven't cried when reading a book in a while. It isn't because I am closed-hearted, but because my heart has been exposed from things in my life the tear well has pretty much dried up. Until now. Until this book.I asked myself why did I ...
  • Lilac Wolf
    **Big, big thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to review this!**This beautiful story spans 3 generations of women. Regina is in the middle, daughter to Lorraine and mother to May. Lorraine suffers a stroke and some of the things she has worked so hard to keep hidden, come out. I feel for her, because all she can do is watch the fallout.Regina and May are both still trying to recover from the loss of their husband and father. He died unexpectedly ...
  • Suzy
    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley!This novel pulled me in from the very beginning. Once I started I didn't want to stop reading. I loved Gina, Vicky and May. I learned to love Lorraine as more of her story unfolded. I loved the recipe ideas that Gina and May were creating and how they learned to rely on each other and move past their past differences. I don't know if I could go through what Lorraine and Gina did, becoming widows at young a...
  • Sarah
    Reichert's best work to date, and I say that as a long-term fan. This is a lovely, honest, and sometimes heartbreaking read. At the same time, it brings all the optimism promised by the title. Reichert perfectly captures awkward, breathless new love, grief, and the steel-strong love of mother for child or sister for sister, as well as the deep familial bonds between lifelong friends. As usual, her beautiful storytelling is woven together with a h...
  • Cindy
    I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.This book had me going from laughs to tears, all while making me hungry for grilled cheese and brownies. Amy Reichert develops characters that are wholly realistic. From the mother who keeps secrets from her daughters and lives her life based on a carefully curated societal image to the struggling relationship of a teenage daughter with her mother. The underlying sadness in...
  • Marykaye
    This book is very well written and I enjoyed it very much. It focuses on a mother and her two grown daughters. The mother has kept a secret that has impacted her life and the lives of her daughters for decades. The story is about love, loss and redemption. It is a warm and heartfelt book. It was hard to put this book down.If I had to critique anything, it would be about the title. "The Optimists Guide to Letting Go". To me the title reminds me of...
  • Aud
    "The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go" by Amy E. ReichertI was gifted an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley by the publisher. Now for my honest review. If you, like myself, get emotionally involved in a story. You will want to have your tissues at the ready. You will feel lots of emotions.. sad tears, happy tears, laughter and anger. You will probably see something of yourself and maybe gain just a bit of understanding of parents, siblings, & chil...
  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    I won an Advance Uncorrected Proof of The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert from Goodreads.At times, the relationships unfolding among the characters is painful in Amy E. Reichert's novel, The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go. Yet, the story is often funny and frequently moving as the women develop insight into their relationships and themselves.The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go may well serve as an example of how society can damag...
  • Linda
    Gina, who operates a grilled cheese food truck, is a widow with a challenging teen daughter, May, and an overly critical mother, Lorraine. Gina and her sister learn that Lorraine has been keeping a huge secret from them when their mom has a stroke. I found it difficult to believe that Lorraine would be so cruel to her daughter, snobbishly rejecting her choice of husbands, after receiving (and resenting) the same treatment from her own parents.
  • Misty
    What a great story about moving on in life. This book had a lot of moving parts but they moved seamlessly together and worked to make this a pretty great story. I loved the different points of view. Everyone had their own views on life and it was fun comparing and seeing each of them grow from learning from each other. I would definitely recommend this one to friends.
  • Judy
    The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go is reading comfort food. It left me feeling happy and satisfied. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters, especially those between Vicky, Gina, and May. I think The Optimist's Guide would make a great book discussion selection, and I can also see it as a movie.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.