Book Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

 Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

‘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 is a lot of things, and most of them are really good! The hype surrounding this book? Oh, so worth it! It deals about death and grief, but i think i laughed and fell in love more than i mourned. Seems crazy, i know, but when you read it (and i hope you do!), you’ll get fired up with life. Harrington’s writing is exquisitely beautiful. Every other page I found a quote I wanna write down! Darn right, I’m raving. Though i found little issues (the rating is actually a 4.5), and maybe i’m just nitpicking, but Saving June is a must read for all contemporary YA lovers out there.

Harper‘s character is very relatable: teenage angst, insecurity, mistrust, rebellion backed up with black nail polish and pink slips. I admire her strength, different it may be, so I get Harper’s feelings on how to deal with June’s death. You’d think that this is a Christian book when Harper began to question God and His existence. Well, who wouldn’t question your faith and everything when your sister committed suicide? With all the cursing and the smoking, for sure this is not a religious book. You’d also think it was a music junkie book, with the Mick Jagger/ABBA/Jimi Hendrix songs. I have to admit half of the music was vague to me, but i didn’t care. Harper and Jake used music to communicate, survive each other and learn things about each themselves. I started to frown when Harper reminded me of Bianca from The DUFF – despite Jake’s obvious good intentions, she twists it into something hurtful. Jake is cool. In fact, i liked him a lot! A teeny bit problem i have with him is that in the end, he acted like he’s the one who’s sixteen when he’s with Harper.

Saving June confused me at first: i mean, why would a dead girl need saving? But Harrington wrapped up the answer as subtle as possible and it worked for me. The road trip was fun, and there a lot of spine-tingling Harper-Jake moments. *sigh* So you better read it. Why? Well, perhaps you’ll find the soundtrack of your life between the pages.

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: Harlequin Teen

Publishing Date: 11/29/2011

Thank you NetGalley and Lisa Wray for granting my galley request.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


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