Oct 212011

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 22, 2011
Pages: 336

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
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. 

Hannah Harrington – I seriously bow to your awesomeness. I will, from now on, read everything you ever write in the future and continue to be inspired by your work. Guys, if you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest you fix that ASAP… like, right now!!

  10 Responses to “Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington”

  1. I am so happy you found this book — or that this book found you. Such a “Tara book”!!! And yeah yeah what up NaNoWriMo — we’re in it together!

  2. This is almost to the top of my pile, and now you have enhanced my anticipation! Can’t wait. Thanks for the great review!

  3. I’m glad you found a novel you love so much. Good luck with the NaNaWirMo :)

  4. You already know how much I love this book! We could chat for hours on it’s epicness. The fact that you found your Tara book & that it inspired you to want to write… that’s pretty freaking awesome. Fab review!

  5. I have this one on my Kindle…maybe it’s that nudge I need to get back to more YA in my book diet!

  6. I haven’t heard of this one before, but it sounds like a really good read. I love contemporary YA that isn’t afraid of delving into the hard stuff.

    Thanks so much for this rec!


  7. You’ve found a “Tara” book! I’m so happy for you! I recognized this book from when G and Carla swooned all over it on Twitter. Glad to hear you liked it too! I will definitely have to purchase this.

    And you’re doing NaNoWriMo! I am TRIPLE EXCITED FOR YOU! If you need a cheerleader you know EXACTLY who to call. I’ll be there with A QUICKNESS!

  8. Best of luck with Nano!

    I’m again, going to have to get this one from the library. As netgalley makes me feel SO guilty because I request things and then ignore them.


  9. Oh man I’ve heard SO many good things about this book! Way to nail it on try #6. Haha. :)

  10. I so adore this book too! I love me a good angsty read. The kind of angst that makes sense and fits into the story as opposed to being there for the sake of being there. That is what this was. Great characters too.

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