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.