Saving June

Saving June

How did I get it?:
I bought it after enjoying Speechless by Hannah Harrington.


Your sister is dead. Nineteen songs can tell you why. Only one boy can help you understand.

Harper Scott s older sister, June, took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her divorcing parents decide to split up June’s ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California.

Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession…and an unknown connection to June. 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 Harper needs. Except…Jake s keeping a secret that has the power to turn her life upside down again.


I decided to read this book after thoroughly enjoying Speechless by Hannah Harrington. It’s a very easy to read book considering that its subject matter is so intense. Hannah Harrington weaves in some much needed humour at times which lighten up what otherwise would be a very bleak book.

The characters were interesting. Harper, the main protagonist is not an easy character to like. Her actions could be portrayed as quite selfish but grief can do odd things to people. I liked Laney, Harper’s best friend. She reminded me a lot of my best friend. I loved Jake and the tension that built between Harper and Jake. It was believable.

I loved how music centred this book is. I absolutely love music and lots of different genres. Quite often the way music was described is the way that I feel about it too! I also enjoyed reading the philosophical reflections that occurred in conversations between the characters.

Hannah’s Harrington is an incredibly talented writer. Her observations on how grief affects individuals are so poignant. I’d definitely recommend this book for fans of the Young Adult genre.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Fault In Our Stars- John Green


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