Thursday 13 October 2011

Review: Saving June

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Ebook from Netgalley
330 pages
Next Publication: 22 Noviembre 2011 by Harlequin Teen

About Saving June

‘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.


It's about the road-trip of Harper, her best friend and an unknown guy who has a bit connection with June, the dead sister, and whose ashes are going to be moved and scattered in San Francisco, since she wished to visit California.

They will go through the country from one part to another and they will visit some cities like Chicago and St Louis (Illinois state), Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona y San Francisco (final destination) in their trip.

The book was awesome and a breath of fresh air after so many fiction books. I put constantly myself in Harper's shoes. It's sad when your sister has dead and you feel you didn't things right and it's too late. Many people (I include myself) do things without thinking and later, they regret what they did. Sometimes, these things can be fixed but another cannot. You can't know when it'll be the last day of a loved one so that you should enjoy every minute. This happened to Harper and she regrets having spoken badly. That's why she decides her dream going to California becomes true.

The trip of three both is full of feelings, personal discoveries and challenges which will go these kids grow up and face their fears.

There have been certain moments in the book I felt myself moved to another place or simply favourite moments that I'd like to share with you.

The description of the snack bar where once Jake, Harper and Laney have the breakfast remembers me the typical cafeteria appeared, for example, in A Cinderella Story. Also we will see as Harper get out of her shell and shares funny moments such as dancing in a jazz room or inside a protest campaign with friends's Jake.

Another of these times is during the concert of the favourite punk band's Jack and the singer treats to kiss Harper. Jack find them in a embarrassing situation while she wants to give him any explication. Jack, obviously, doesn't want to know anything.

For me, the story reachs the climax when Harper remember when she found her dead sister's body and firstly she thought she was slept.

I liked the end. Though it can appear foreseeable, it worths reading the book. The important of the book is not only the end but also the content, every little moment that Harper feels until she scatters the ashes of her sister.

There are some lists of songs in the final pages of the book which makes reference to different parts of the trip and so you can remember and relive sad, happy or surprising moments. If you watched Elizabethtown, you will understand what I mean.

Highly advisable.


  1. Different, I like it. I guess I am just so used to seeing certain books when I come here ;)

  2. Absolutely different... maybe I ought to read this book :)


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