October 23, 2012

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Ships launched: 644
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Year published: 2011
Genre: Coming of Age, Teen Fiction

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.

Saving June was a reflective read. In the book, Harper Scott struggles to overcome her grief over her sister's death by going on a road trip with Jake. Along the way, she meets interesting people and discovers who her sister really was.

  The first few pages of the book are a little slow but soon enough I couldn't stop turning the pages. The story is filled with grief and really shows the emotions of someone that has lost a loved one.  

The dynamic characters really stand out and are not who I expected them to be. Laney, Harper and Jake are all unique and are vital to the story. Jake comes off as mysterious because Harper does not know how he knew June. As she finds out more about him she learns more about her sister. 

Overall the book was an emotional roller-coaster that made me think about my life and the people in it. 

+50- The book has amazing  playlists in the back. The music brings you closer to Jake, Harper and Laney and you get to experience some of their emotions from the book.

- 16- Plot moved slowly at first. 

+10- An extremely touching novel that makes you think. 

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