Friday, June 24, 2011

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Harper Scott has recently lost her older sister June to suicide, and is having trouble coping. So is her mother. Which is why when Harper gets an idea to drive her sister's ashes to California, she knows she must do it at all costs. Luckily, she meets a quiet boy named Jake Tolan, who offers to drive her there. Jake seems to know more about June than he lets on, so with her best friend Laney by her side, the three set out across the country for California. Harper isn't quite sure what to expect from this adventure, but one thing is for sure: she will never be the same again.

This book was not only beautiful, but it was tender and fierce and tragic and uplifting as well. That is to say, I loved it! Harper is so raw and real, as are the other supporting characters of Laney and Jake. Jake! The tension between him and Harper was so deliciously thick in some scenes, that I thought I would scream if I didn't get some relief. But it is in Harrington's superb writing that honest and true-to-life scenes like these fill the story with such great emotions. I was cheering for Harper's closure, as well as rooting for Laney (who might be the bestest friend EVER in a book). With an amped up dose of teen angst, this novel was an incredible debut. I am looking forward to more from Hannah Harrington!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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