Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Details: Paperback, 322 pages
Published: November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Source: I got it for review.
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My Rating: 3 stars
Summary: ‘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.
Review: Since I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book, I’m going to do things a little differently with this review.
Things I Liked – The writing. I really enjoyed Harringtons writing style. It was easy to read and the way the characters talked, it seemed real. If that makes sense.
The road trip. Who doesn’t like books with road trips?
The music. I really loved all the information and references to all the music. I also loved that one of my favorite bands, Siouxsie & the Banshees, were mentioned.
Jake. I’m just going to say he’s just an all around good guy.
Laney. Again, I’m just going to say she’s a great friend.
Things I Didn’t Like – Harper. At times I really liked her and at other times I didn’t. I understand she was going through a lot, but she was still completely horrible at times for no reason.
The Plot. I just found it far too predictable. I knew everything that was going to happen way before it did. This made the book hard to pick up after I’ve put it down for a while. However, I will say that after I started reading, it wasn’t like I was bored and wanted to stop reading.
All in all, I do recommend you give it a read, but I don’t think this books if for everyone.