Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 22, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Contempoary
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
‘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.
Before I begin, 3 stars is good review. It’s not a bad review like so many of you think. When I give a book a 3 star rating, it’s usually because I still liked it, but didn’t find it particularly memorable. It didn’t stand out to me. And that was the case with Saving June. I really liked the story. I enjoyed reading it while I was reading it. I even cried. It was a heartbreaking story. But in the end, I felt it wasn’t good enough to reward with a 4 star rating.
I tend to avoid books that deal with difficult topics. I will not read books about Dementia and Cancer. They hit too close to home for me. I don’t know anyone that has been affected by suicide, but it still was a hard topic for me to read about. I can only imagine how it would affect someone who had been close to the topic of suicide. But here’s the thing. As sad as this book was, I still found the characters kind of flat and I lacked an emotional connection with them. And that’s the other reason why I gave Saving June a 3 star rating.
The road trip itself was great. That was totally fun to read about. I loved the different situations Harper found herself in. I loved all the different music recommendations. And I must have great taste in music, because I knew and liked most of the artists and songs. Jake and Laney were great supporting characters, but again, they were not particularly memorable. You may find yourself with a completely different opinion than me though on this. Saving June is getting a lot of 4 star and 5 star reviews.
I loved the ending. It was soooo sad. It was the perfect conclusion to the story, but it wasn’t enough to make it a favorite. Read it for yourself and see if you agree with me. And then be sure and let me know when you do.
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