Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Saving June by Hannah Harrington


'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.

Wow. . . I am in love with this book. I just finished it and i already want to read it again.

Harper knows that her sister's dream was to get out of Grand Lake and move to California. After June takes her own life Harper feels as though she wasn't there enough for June, that she should have done more, and that this was somehow her fault because she didn't see it coming. Harper decides that the only way that she can make up for everything that she hasn't done for June, she is going take her to the one place that she always wanted to be, California. 

I loved all of the characters in this book. I really liked Harper's character. She's so strong and will do anything for her friends. Even though Harper herself is a wreck and doesn't know how she is going to cope with anything, she is always there for Laney. I don't really know what it was that I liked so much about Harper, but I really liked her character. 

Laney is Harper's best friend; the two have very different personalities but have such a wonderful friendship. They are always there for each other and will do anything for the other. Even if that means going on a sudden decision road trip to spread Harper's sister's ashes. Laney wants to be an actor, and has a strange interest in old actors who died young. Harper is the kind of girl that always sticks up for what she believes in and won't take crap from anyone. I admire that about her. It reminds me of myself, I guess that's why i like her so much.

Jake. . . Where to start. He is sweet, sexy, completely music obsessed and an arse hole. But I love him. I really do. He is on the top of my literary crush list right now. I really enjoyed all of the music references, it was really cool to read about someone who owns so much music and just loves it so much. While he may say and do some horrible things to Harper and Laney, in the end you can see why he is the way that he is, he's been through some tough times, but he really is the sweetest guy ever. And he'd do just about anything for these two girls that he's only known for like a week. 

There so many things about this book, and scenes from it that I love. But I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. So I am not going to say anything. but all in all I think this book was a fantastic read! I was a little worried about it at first, I had really high expectations of this book because of all of the good things that I had heard about it, but it definitely reached, if not surpassed, my expectations. I am so glad that I got the chance to buy it when I did. This is definitely going to be one of my favourite books. I laughed, and I cried a lot throughout it. I think the writing was beautiful and it was a fantastic debut. I look forward to seeing more from Hannah Harrington. 

So have you read Saving June yet? If so, what did you think? Did you love it as much as I did? If you haven't I think you should get your hands on a copy of this book as soon as possible! :D Hope you enjoyed my review, sorry if it's not very good I am still really new to this. I'm sure i'll get better the more that I do :P 

For other reviews of Saving June check out:

Jammie the Book Nerd


  1. I'm so glad you loved this! I think I will be devastated if people don't haha.

    And thankyou for the link back to my review :)

  2. That's okay. I love your reviews, so i would love other people to find your site :) And also I am not very experienced at the whole writing reviews part, so I thought if someone is interested and my review doesn't give them enough info they could check out some better ones :)