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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Released: November 22, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary, Music, Realistic Fiction, Romance
When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.
Saving June was something that can relate to anyone. A contemporary piece that takes Harper Scott on a roadtrip to California as a memorial for her late sister June. Along for the ride and to comfort Harper you have Laney, the best friend and Jake, the music intellect that knows more to June's past than her own sibling. Harrington takes the reader on the adventure, with the laughs and the cries as Harper overcomes the death of June.

The realism and adoration towards the characters really sucked me into the story and see more into the characters than just words on a page, and that's one thing that I really loved about Hannah Harrington's style and formation of Harper's world. You can connect with each of them, having that itch inside to expand your borders and break free, or that feeling of loneliness and not being good enough sometimes. Those feelings were expressed vividly and openly that I nodded in comparison to Harper.

The music analogies were fantastic! Being a music buff myself, it was fun to see how Harrington just webbed the story together with fits of musical conjunction and praise. It made me happy to read the names of bands, having a smile on my face and jump to youtube and play the music. I also enjoyed towards the end, a musical soundtrack provided. I for one adore soundtracks to anything.

Saving June, though strung on a sad string of beginning events, expands upon teenage rebellion, love, loss, and love of music that just makes you want to keep reading and not stop until the very end of the long car ride. 

First Line: Accoring to the puppy-of-the-month calendar hanging next to the phone in the kitchen, my sister June died on a Thursday, exactly nine days before her high school graduation.
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1 comment :

REBECCA@ReadingWishes said...

I love, love this book too! Harper and Jake - aww! Great review. Loved the music references and playlists too!

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