Harper Scott's older sister, June, took her life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when divorcing parents decide to split up June's ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going--California. Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession...and an unknown connection to June. When he insists on joining them, Harper's just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what Harper needs. except...Jake's keeping a secret that has the power to turn her life upside down--again.
Every once in a while, you come across a book that is able to connect with you on a deeper level. It makes you ponder life, and how sometimes things happen that you have no control over. This is what Saving June by Hannah Harrington does. The story starts out right after June's funeral and you can tell that Harper is barely able to hold herself together. She doesn't cry, she hasn't cried, and she doesn't think she ever will. She blames herself, for not noticing something was wrong. She feels that if she had just been a little more attentive, maybe she could have helped her, but now it's too late. Harrington makes it easy for you to sympathize with Harper, to connect to what she is going through and I believe that was one of the main things that made this book so special. First off, Harper has a no bullshit attitude towards life. She is brash, and always says what’s on her mind. She is essentially an emotional hurricane. On the other hand though, we have Laney, the ever-supportive best friend. Laney is eccentric and doesn't care what people think about her. She is overprotective of Harper, but that's exactly what she needs. Laney is the best friend that everyone wants and should have in life. Between these two girls, we tag along on an adventure that is full of exploration and sadness, but we follow Harpers journey to find herself, to find the answers she so desperately searches for. Overall, I have to praise Hannah Harrington for her writing. She really knows how to craft a beautiful story and I really look forward to reading more of her work. This book has the ability to teach us that it's okay to cry and break down. Sometimes you need to let your guard down and sometimes you just need to run away. It's a beautiful story that really connects with you and it's definitely one that reached me on a deep level. Give it a chance and I guarantee you will be impacted more than you think.
This book receives a 5/5.