Friday, January 27, 2012

Saving June

‘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 demeanour 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.

So, I went into this expecting great things.  Glowing review after glowing review appeared on my Goodreads feed.  The premise was intriguing and fantastic.  People were even comparing Hannah Harrington to authors such as Melina Marchetta.

But despite that, I was a bit skeptical.  I'm always a bit skeptical when beginning books as praised as this one, like some part of me is mentally preparing for it not to be as amazing as everyone has claimed.  I don't like being let down.

Luckily, Saving June did anything but.

 I don't know exactly what to say about this book.  I don't know how to describe it.  I don't think I can even begin to communicate the rare and beautiful mix of music and love and anger and humor and loss that make up this brilliant little book.  So I'm just going to ask you to read it.  Maybe you'll be able to describe this better than I ever could.

Five solid stars.  Speechless had better come out soon, because the world needs more of this woman's genius.



It's really interesting how a book can just pop up on every feed everywhere the day after you pick it up from the store or the library, and everyone around you has already done it and you're like OH MY GOD I WANT TO KNOWWWWW.

I'm glad that this book has made its way around, because debut authors deserve so much love and attention.


I was just noticing that the other day! I got this book a couple weeks ago but I had just gotten around to reading it and then SUDDENLY IT WAS EVERYWHERE. But yes, this is a very good thing! This is one of those books that I cannot recommend enough, so it makes me happy to see other people pick it up. :D


I don't blame you for being skeptical; I'm always like that when it comes to highly praised books. Well not just books, but for everything really.

I have yet to purchase this book. I have no money! *weeps*


I'm not hugely skeptical, but I am whenever something's been highly praised. I'm always worried that it won't live up to my expectations.

D: Do you have any libraries near you that might carry it?


Awesome review! Honestly I haven't heard much about this one but it sounds great!!! I am definitely adding this book to my tbr list!! Can't wait to read it myself and I know what you mean about being skeptical! That is me ALL the time :) Thanks for sharing!


Tempest and The Eternal One's Giveaway!


Thank you! :) Yeah, I'm always worried books won't be quite as good as everyone says they are. They usually end up being pretty awesome, though. I hope you can get this one soon--it's an incredible read. :D


Oooh I can't believe I still haven't made time for this one. I KNOW I would love it too and it sounds so good! Wonderful review this seems the type to live up to the hype!


You have to read it! It's absolutely amazing. One of the best contemps I've read.


I've heard nothing but raves about this book and am super excited to read it myself! I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much, makes me want to read it even more!

Thanks for the review!


I hope you like it! :D I really loved it. I've also been listening to, like, every single song on the mix CDs . . .

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