Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Release Date: November 22nd, 2011
‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’
Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.
When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going, California.
Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.
Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.
I don’t really think I expected to love this book. But surprise, surprise, I really enjoyed it. It was just so real.
I think the thing I loved best were the characters. At the beginning of the book, I didn’t like Harper at all. I thought she was being so stupid. I didn’t like Jake either. I thought he was a jerk. But both of grew on me as the story changed. They grew and developed. They were nowhere near being perfect characters, yet at the end of the book, I loved them both so much. Both Harper and Jake lived with their imperfections, which is definitely what I loved about them.
I also really liked the music aspect in this book. I never realized music would play such a big role in this book when I started it, but it does. The music goes along with everything in the book, and I loved that. I also really liked how the author included all the music playlists at the end of the book, so you could easily find and listen to everything. I’m not a music junkie at all, but it was still nice to see how the music was incorporated.
The road trip part of this book was really great too. To be honest, I love road trip stories. It gives the chance for characters to grow, and it’s so much fun to read about, in my opinion. The road trip in this story was kind of symbolic in a way too, which I thought was so well done on the author’s part. It was just so much fun to see.
Saving June covered so many important topics, the main one being suicide. There’s very few suicide books out there, the only other one that I’ve read being 13 Reasons Why. The author handles the topic so well. The confusion, the guilt, the hopelessness, everything was there and perfectly done. Harper feels all these things, and that made her an even better character in my eyes.
The thing I didn’t like about this book was the beginning. In the first part of this book, nothing really happened. There were a few points where I would set the book down and not want to pick it up again, because nothing was happening. But after a little while, the book got so much better. You just have to stick with it in the beginning.
Overall, I really enjoyed Saving June. The characters were so fantastic, and I loved the music aspect of it. The only bad thing was the beginning, which was slow. If you like contemporary, or enjoy something deep, then you definitely need to pick this book up!
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