Review: Saving June

July 23, 2012 Review 6 ★★★★

Review: Saving June
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
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Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 304
Release Date: December 1st 2011
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Everyone's sorry. But no one can explain why.Harper Scott's older sister, June, took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her divorcing parents decide to split up June's ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going—California.Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession…and an unknown connection to June. 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 Harper needs. Except…Jake's keeping a secret that has the power to turn her life upside down—again.

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 I try to avoid the usual mother/father/sister/brother death plot that’s typically paired with a bad boy, a best friend, and a road trip. Although this book contains all those things it really seemed original and genuine. You will really connect with the characters, especially Harper, who has her own faults that we can relate to.

I did not like the summary on the back of the book. I trust it to tell me what the book is about and make a great first impression. This one, for me, screamed “another stereotypical teen death novel” and I prepared myself for some cringe worthy writing. Not the case, the story was much better than the summary, and I learned not to put all my hope into one paragraph when the entire package could hold so much more.

 Then there’s Jake. The love interest and mutual lost soul. He was a great character! He was perfect enough to love yet had enough quirks to seem real. Definitely I guy a girl could want in real life.
There was something I thought unnecessary in the plot, but it is a major spoiler so I’ll stop now and leave your naive little souls uncorrupted. It did not really go anywhere and it did not really seem to affect the main plot. It had the opportunity to, but it just never got there. But don’t worry! It’s not talked about much and totally does not affect the overall novel quality!

Overall a great read, worth a chance.

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Overall: 4

6 Responses to “Review: Saving June”

  1. Multimemo

    Great reviews guys! I actually just checked it out on Goodreads and I was like ‘Woah, why isn’t this book on my list already’ :) I also try to avoid the typical sort of teenagers dilemmas with death and all that stuff but I’ll definitely be giving this one a try ;) Thanks for sharing <3
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