Saving June Book reviews


Author(s): Hannah HarringtonDownload  


‘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.

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Emily rated it     

Hannah Harrington’s amazing debut is a must-read for YA lovers. I haven’t read a teen novel this fresh and wonderful in such a long time. It was a great book to read over my break.

Here’s a quote from early in the book, that I think captures the tone of the novel perfectly and shows you Harper’s personality.

“Jay, you should play something,” Gwen suggests from across the crackling fire. Somehow from the way she says it, and the dark look Jake gives her in response, I can tell a gauntlet has been thrown. Maybe some You Got Served style dance-off shenanigans will ensue. That would be – well, that would be pretty awesome, actually.

The romance in this book made me grin while I was reading. I won’t give away any spoilers, but page 219 (of the first Australian paperback edition) was my fave romantic part. *girly sigh*

The book is non-stop action up until the last few chapters. It then slows down and you wonder why it is taking so long to finish. When I got to the end I knew why: It was Harper’s story. If the book had ended earlier it really would’ve been June’s story.

The music references are used perfectly in this book, moving the plot and character development along quite nicely. I loved hearing a shout out to Harper’s To Kill A Mockingbird namesake, and was excited to see the name of my musical hero Jeff Buckley.

If you do read Saving June, please let me know what you think!

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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner rated it     

Who doesn’t love road trip and music related books with some grief? Saving June has all of that + a hot guy with the guitar(who used to have blue hair *swoon*). I don’t know what to say about this amazing book. I just know that it touched me in so many ways and I cried a lot.

THIS song was playing the whole time while I was reading.


Rebecca  rated it      

After I found out about this book and as more and more reviews kept streaming in my Goodreads feed, I finally went to the shop and brought a copy. And I am very happy I did!

After June takes her life, her sister, Harper, is left in the dark, devastated and confused. So when her divorced parents decide to split the ashes, Harper takes matters into her own hands, and hatches a plan to take the ashes to Calafornia – the one place June had always dreamed of going to.
With the help of her best friend, Laney, and mysterious boy, Jake Tolan, who had a connection with June and insists on coming along, they set off on a music filled road trip.

This book, was just such an effortless read, it just glides. I loved the author’s witty and smart written dialouge, and her golden one-liners, that made this book a rememberable one!
All I can say is I can’t believe this is a debut! It is just beatiful and ticks all the boxes, that I look for in a book. Great Characters, flowing dailouge, romance, laugh out loud writing, swoony guys, ect…

This book had me smiling like a lunatic and laughing out loud, whilst it was also a book that tugged at my heartstrings. I adored the charactes, and thought they were brilliantly written. They were full of emotion and believable which made reading about them pleasureable.

I adore this cover, it’s just effortlessly effective and preety. I like the Australian cover the best. Aren’t we lucky!?..

Loved the playlists at the back of the book. 🙂 And Jake’s song!…aww


Lisa rated it     

I’m giving this 4 1/2 stars.

I love books like this. Well, not like this as there are not many(maybe any) books exactly like this. But I love YA books that deal with the following things:
Road trips/Travelling
Music/Mix Tape lists
Falling in love

And this book has ALL of these things.

I loved Harper. I related to Harper in the way that I used to be a lot like her. I’ve always been the sarcastic type who tries not to let her feelings show. So I loved the things she’d say(“This doesn’t mean I want to have your babies”)

I can’t say I loved Jake but I thought his character was great. I kind of get annoyed by music know-it-alls, to be honest, so that was my reason for not loving him. But he almost made me get over that annoyance.

The basic plot is that Harper’s sister June commits suicide. And a series of events leads her to bringing her ashes to California with her best friend Laney and a guy she met at her sister’s funeral, Jake.

I really recommend it. I couldn’t stop reading it. I loved so much about the book. It was so well written.

“You cannot be in love with someone you’ve really only known for barely a week and on top of that someone who drives you crazy most of the time. No matter how goodlooking and charming and interesting and understanding he may be. Not even if he’s the one person who makes you feel like yourself.


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