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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized6 Comments

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: BEA / Netgalley
Publication Date: 22 Nov 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0373210248
Format: ebook
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: According to the puppy-of-the-month calendar hanging next to the phone in the kitchen, my sister June died on a Thursday, exactly nine days before her high school graduation.

When I picked up Saving June by Hannah Harrington at BEA I hadn’t heard much about it and I am a bit ashamed to admit that when I unpacked it on my shelf I forgot about it. I just have so many books that it was overlooked when I looking for my next read. But recently I started to heard more about it on Twitter, especially from Sarah, and it quickly became a book that I had to read. Fortunately it was available on Netgalley so I didn’t have to waste time walking over to my bookshelf when I decided that this weekend was when I should read it.

Once I started Saving June I was unable to put it down. Hannah Harrington just sucked me in from the very first page and I couldn’t stop turning until I hit the end. I became lost in the struggles of Harper and her friend Laney as they each dealt with the problems that they were facing. And Jake, wow, does Harrington know how to create a male lead that readers will love. And the very best part of this book…it involves a ROAD TRIP! I adore road trips and while this one was for a more serious purpose than road trips are known for it didn’t make it any lesss compelling.

One thing I like about road trip books are that they are always about a journey, not just physically moving across states, but also in each of the characters lives. The place where Harper, Laney and Jake end up is far different from where they all started…and none of them could have predicted how things would go. Just as when you start an actual road trip its those unexpected side trips that lead to the most growth and adventure. The same thing happens in Saving June. A fun surprise in this book was a list of so much great music. After all, what is a road trip with out some great music. Some songs/bands I’d heard before but others were new. I’m so glad that all the songs (and more) were listed in the back of the book. I am pretty sure that I will be downloading many of these songs to add them to my music collection.

This was a real heart-achy book for me. My heart would swell until almost bursting and then it would come close to breaking at various points in the story. I am also not ashamed to say that by the end, I cried. I was warned that it could happen but it didn’t make the story any less emotional for me. I loved every aspect of this book and I can not wait until Harrington’s next book just so that I immerse myself in her words again. I know that I will be re-reading Saving June many times over but there is no greater feeling than discovering a books contents for the first time and that is why I can’t wait for Harrington’s next book. Her characters are just so raw and real and I can easily relate to them all on different levels. If you haven’t checked this book out yet then move it up your TBR list…its so worth jumping over that other book you were just about to pick up.

6 Responses to “Saving June by Hannah Harrington”

  1. bermudaonion

    I love books that affect my emotions like that, even when they make me cry. Between you and Michelle, I feel like I should read this one.

  2. Irish

    Sarah – I’m so glad you kept talking about it! You made me push it up inmy queue. So good!

    bermudaonion – YES YES YES!!! You *NEED* to read this one.