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 is one of those books that reinforces my love of contemporary novels. It may not have any edge of your seat action or paranormal creatures but that does not mean that it isn’t impossible to put down. Hannah Harrington’s debut novel is one of the best I’ve read.
Saving June is one of those books where it is impossible to pick the best thing about it. This book was perfect in every aspect: the characters, the story, the writing, the emotions. It really is one of the most perfect contemporaries that I have read in quite some time. Harper is torn about her sister’s suicide but instead of breaking down she does something for her sister: she takes her ashes to California, the one place she never got to go in life. Along for the ride is her best friend, Laney, and the mysterious Jake Tolan. Laney is pretty much the best friend ever and the comic relief for the book. She’s hilarious. Jake is confusing in so many ways. His role is not clearly defined at first, nor is his relationship to June. He’s a very well-developed character and the mystery of how he was connected to June played a big role in keeping the book interesting. The characters are all very broke because of June’s death but together they manage to fix each other. It’s hard not to fall in loved with them all, especially Harper and Jake together. Their relationship has it’s ups and downs and it’s such a real relationship. They start off hating each other but it quickly changes and their banter was just hilarious.
This book though is not all about the characters, it’s about the journey they take together. It starts as a simple road trip to California to scatter June’s ashes but quickly becomes a road trip that shows them who they are and who they can be. Along the way there are quite a few detours but it only added to the fun, as did the people they met along the way. What starts as a journey of loss turns into a journey of love and hope.
Overall, Saving June is definitely a must-read for everyone. I can’t possibly put into words how much I loved it. Even if you aren’t a contemporary fan, check this one out. There is no way you will be disappointed.
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