Saving June

Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Hannah Harrington
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I feel really tired.

But its a good kind of tired. Like after you run a marathon. Or after you finally finish taking all your finals. Youre exhausted but content and your heart is just a teensy bit heavy.

Saving June details Harpers life after her older sister June commits suicide. Unable to bear it all anymore -- the hurt, her mothers tears, the unfamiliar pats on the back by random strangers -- Harper escapes to California with her best friend Laney, her sisters apparent acquaintance Jake, and Junes urn. California was Junes dream, and fulfilling it for her seems like the only way Harper can come to terms with what happened. But a place is just a place. Mostly. And the journey there is only a road trip. Sort of.

Man, I cannot stop myself from pausing every once in a while, picking up Saving June again, and re-reading some of the standout passages. Ill probably be willing to shout the title of this book from the rooftops, and its coming out in paperback. Seriously? Saving June deserves a hardcover edition and a few weeks in a comfy spot on the NYT Best Sellers List.

Why all the enthusiasm? Our protagonist Harper has backbone and doesnt take crap from anyone. Puke on her, and shell puke on you. Jake is a sweetheart with a music obsession and a spiny exterior. Laney is fun and flirty and fiery and Im running out of adjectives that start with f to describe her. This is what all fictional characters should strive to become. They should have a life and a heart and a soul and a personality. Physical attraction isnt a bad trait, either.

Really, this book was about healing and maturity and dealing with death. I feel like reading it has made me a different person (thats what all great novels should do, in my opinion). But it also made me chuckle and sigh. And this weight on my chest just wont disappear.

I recommend Saving June to anyone looking for truly beautiful YA contemporary fiction.

Sexual content.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Palo Alto, CA USA


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