Sunday 3 June 2012

My review of Saving June

Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Release Date: June 1, 2012 (UK) 
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Saving June‘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 will fill your heart with overwhelming warmth and show you what it's like to lose someone you love. Heart-wrenching, bold, brave and full of moments that will make you laugh.

Harper's older sister, June, killed herself. June was the perfect one, her future was bright and full of opportunities. No one knows why she did it, not even Harper. Harper decides to take June's ashes to California, a place June always dreamt of visiting. With help from her best friend, Laney, and the gorgeous boy June was tutoring, Jake, they set off. Harper's aim is to find out why her sister took her own life, but what will she discover along the way?

I didn't really like Harper's character when she was first introduced, but I must say, she grew on me! She's a feisty and strong main character with a short temper, definitely unique. Harper changed her appearance and personality to make herself as different from June as possible. Underneath the tough act is just a girl who wants to be loved. After growing up with fighting parents Harper never had stability. 

Jake Tolan, the love interest of the book was certainly my favourite character. He had a personality that could never bore you. He's thoughtful and well, just reading about him will make you smile! He has some moments of brilliance, when he's kind and gives you a full smile, but there are moments when he might not be so appealing. Overall, he is a fun guy to read about, I can't really sum him up in a few sentences because he's so different from the typical gorgeous boy from YA books.

One thing I loved, loved, loved about this book was the blossoming relationship between Jake and Harper. They were horrible to each other but deep down there was a connection. 

Saving June is not to be missed this summer, or any other summer! Hannah Harrington has written a beautiful story that will appeal to many young-adult readers. 

- A review copy was provided by Mira Ink


  1. This sounds like such a great read! I think I read about this a while ago, but I never realised the UK release date was now, which might explain why I never came across a copy! I'll definitely be checking this out. Great review!

  2. I enjoyed this book a lot too. I didn't like Harper that much either - but that's fine because most of us don't like everyone we meet. I enjoyed the way Hannah Harrington brought the characters to life. I agree with you too, that the developing relationship between Harper and Jake will appeal to many readers.

  3. Oh wow, I've seen this at NG and I skipped it, I never thought the story will be something as heavy as this. I think I'll take a second look on this one.

    Talk Supe

  4. I'm so glad that you liked this book, it's definitely one of my favorites. I agree with what you said about Jake Tolan, you can't really describe him with just a few sentences.

    Great review! (:

  5. have read so many good reviews about this book. Definitely gonna buy it!
    Thanks for the review.

  6. Thanks for this review! I haven't really given it much thought before but after this review I'll def be checking it out (:

  7. Great review, sounds like something I would love and am adding it to my TBR

  8. Thanks for the great review!!
    The plot sounds absolutely amazing, i have added it to my TB?R, thanks to you.

  9. Love your review! This book sounds great. I have to admit I never appreciate someone who commit suicide but I'm kinda curious what encouraged June to take such a fatal decision.

  10. I love road trip books and this one sounds like a terk jerker. I am going to be moving this up on my TBR list. Thanks for the great review!

  11. Thanks for the great review! I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it a few months ago. :D

  12. Excellent review! This book sounds perfect for me. I love the type of books that get me completely emotionally invested.

    P.S. I love your background :)