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Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Thursday, November 24, 2011
5 Stars: Incredible
Paperback: 322 Pages
Publication: November 22, 2011 by Harlequin Teen

When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.

Three teens go on a journey to save a girl that influenced their lives. Only, she’s already dead, and they’re the ones that really need saving. June was the perfect girl, perfect daughter. No one would have suspected her of being suicidal.

I never really understood this, but Harper, June’s younger sister and the narrator, gets the idea that June can be saved only if her ashes are scattered in the Pacific Ocean bordering California. Somehow, she ends up driving there with her best friend (Laney) and a mysterious guy (Jake) with a connection to June. While the journey pops almost out of nowhere, everything falls into place. Harper, Laney, and Jake need the journey to get over June’s death, and they need to do it together.

They don’t always get along. At first, Harper has a thing against Jake because she doesn’t understand his relationship with her sister, and he won’t tell. Even Laney has her moments... her secrets. Their feelings are completely understandable. Harper doesn't understand how her sister could have gotten close to a guy like Jake. Laney is brazen and confident on the outside, but she has issues of her own. And as for Jake, he too is dealing with June's death. None of them know who to blame.

Harper is a relatable narrator all around. She’s the rebellious child, but only because she knows she can never compare to her sister and it was the only way she could create her own identity. Inside, she’s a teenage girl with teenage emotions. Hormonal as she is, she cannot deny her attraction to a certain annoying guy, but it doesn’t mean she has to give in. The relationship is sweet, filled with both love and hate, and it takes time to develop. It was as real as everything else about this book, and I enjoyed watching it progress.

Overall, I cannot praise this book enough. It was fun, witty, and very real. I got so much out of reading this book, including a bigger appreciation for life. Saving June is about death, friendship, and love. It is about life and dealing with the messes that come with it. Hannah Harrington has debuted with a stunning novel, and I will definitely be looking out for new works by her!

Note: Music plays a big role in the novel, and I will be listening to the tracks the next time I read Saving June! (And I will be rereading it!!)

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4 comments on "Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington"
  1. I keep seeing wonderful reviews of this book I have to read it soon! I love the premise and the characters sound great!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  2. I can't wait to read this one, it's sat there on my kindle just calling out to be read after all the amazing views!

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  3. I loved this book when I read it! Harper's such a strong character, and I appreciated how independent she was. Great review!

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