Thursday, April 19, 2012
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
‘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.
Saving June was a highly emotional book with few flaws in between. The one flaw I was able to find was the overuse of cuss words and the extreme mood swings of Harper, the protagonist. The rest of the book, however, was close to flawless showing pure and raw emotion. Other than being a bit trigger-happy with the cussing and moody, Harper did have her beautiful moments, she had flaws and that just brought more of a realistic feel to the book, which worked very well in the book's favor. Jake was a great romantic interest for the reason that he wasn't perfect, but he was a more or less good influence on Harper. He taught her to follow her heart and not to get lost in the middle, as she never had before. Laney was also fairly enjoyable, being the humorous and faithful best friend, while also having some issues of her own to deal with along the way. Bundle these good characters with the pop culture referencing writing and amusing story, you have a real winner. I give Saving June a 4/5 for being a great debut, I will be reading Hannah Harrington's next books for certain.