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Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (November 22, 2011)
Language: English
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Everyone's sorry. But no one can explain why.

Harper Scott's older sister, June, took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her divorcing parents decide to split up June's ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going—California.

Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession…and an unknown connection to June. When he insists on joining them, Harper's just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what Harper needs. Except…Jake's keeping a secret that has the power to turn her life upside down—again.

     Harper Scott is a 16 yr old girl who has just gone through the trauma of finding her 18 year old sister who had committed suicide. This is even more traumatic because June was always the bright, smart, happy daughter and Harper the more challenging one. There was no warning and no note to explain why June would make this decision. Following the wake, Harper determines to set out on a journey trying to discover who June really was and what she wanted out of life. Her companions on this journey are her best friend, Laney, and a guy that meant something to June but was unknown to Harper. Harper meets new people, has new experiences and finally comes to realize that she has always been the strong one and what it will take for her to move forward in her life.

     "Saving June" is one of those books that I struggle with as a reviewer. I think that the story is really good. It addresses an issue that doesn't get much discussion and makes you think about a situation that you pray you will never have to go through.  Harper Scott was a young woman who felt totally isolated after her sister died.  Her father seemed to be totally disconnected from her and her mother was so devastated by June's death that Harper feels invisible.  She has an aunt that treats her like a juvenile delinquent.  She feels that June has abandoned her with no explanation.  In order to get away from the depression of her home and to try to fulfill June's fondest wish, she joins forces with her best friend and Jake.  They travel in a van from the Midwest to California in order to find closure for the tragedy that they each experienced in their own way.  I liked the characters in the story and hoped for a good outcome for all of them. So, you ask, what is my struggle? I just hate to think that the average teenager lives their life like Harper and her friends. And, I also don't understand why it is necessary to use the profanity that fills this book. Perhaps I am too far removed from being a teenager myself and prefer to look at this stage of life with rosier glasses than are realistic. I do realize that a 16 year old today looks like a baby to me which is in direct contrast to how I felt when I was 16. Therefore, I would recommend the book to older teens and hope that they can overlook the "bad" stuff.

  • Profanity:  Extreme
  • Sexual Content: Very Heavy
  • Violence:  Mild
  • Other Notables:  Underage drinking, smoking, drug use
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  1. sounds interesting. thanks for posting.

  2. I don't usually read books like that but I don't know why this one's caught my eye and I'm happy you liked it!

  3. I can't wait to read this one. I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm way beyond teen years so the issues won't bother me at all :)

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  4. Now if only my library will buy it...

  5. This novel will make you cry, laugh, have a broken heart and then have it mended by the love connection between all the characters. It is definatly worth the buy and i cant wait until enough time passes that it becomes appropriate to read again!


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