By: Hannah Harrington
Pub Date: November 22, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.
Let me just start off my saying that I was not expecting to enjoy Saving June as much as I had. This book was AMAZING! I absolutely loved it!
After Harper’s sister June commits suicide, she decides to take June’s ashes to California. She knows her sister would rather be in the Pacific Ocean then have her ashes split between her divorced parents. With the help of Harper’s best friend, Laney and a mysterious boy who claims to know June, they embark on the road trip of their lives. While the subject of suicide is obviously a sad one, Saving June was not a sad book. It was a book about taking chances, starting fresh, friendship and forgiveness.
I loved every single character! While Harper is more of a keep-to-yourself-hard-ass, Laney is loud, fun and outgoing. It was a nice balance between the two best friends. There friendship added so much to the story because they were complete and total opposites but the two of them worked so well together. I have to say that my favorite character was Jake, the mysterious boy who just showed up at June’s funeral. He sings beautifully, plays guitar, and is a little rough around the edges. What more could you want in a fictional boy? The pages just come to life when he is in the scene and I found myself wanting to know more and more about him and his past. I loved how “wise beyond his years” he was and the way he incorporated music into the road trip and ultimately the healing process.
I usually don’t do this in reviews, but I want to add my favorite quote from Saving June, which is about Jake and his music:
"He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you."
Overall, Saving June is a spectacular debut from author Hannah Harrington. I can not wait to see what she comes up with next!