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.
I finished this book over a week ago and I think I have attempted to write my review a good five times. I would write something, hate it, delete it, try again, and so on. My words just can’t adequately describe how much this book has made an impact on me. So here goes attempt #6…
Earlier this week I reviewed Cleopatra’s Moon, a YA book about Egypt in the time of Cleopatra Selene’s childhood and teenage years. This book spoke to me in such a huge way because I am a big fan of Egyptian culture and it is sadly not seen in YA literature very often. But when it comes to YA contemporary, I have never been able to say “This is Tara. This is the book that best represents what I love in a book.” And FINALLY, after reading so many fantastic contemporary novels, I can finally say what “my” kind of book is – Saving June.
This book spoke to me in a way that no other contemporary book has done before. It’s gritty and deals with some shitty aspects of life, but there is also a positive aspect that wraps the book up so well. I’m all for the swoony times, but I also like my books a little rough – not all sunshines and daisies and rainbows. Hannah Harrington could not have nailed it any better than she did with Saving June for me. In fact, this book and this book alone has inspired me to attempt NaNoWriMo this month, which is a big step for me. I have never attempted writing a novel, but I am so inspired by Saving June and how much the story touched me and has stayed with me days after reading it.