Saving June

Saving June is Ebook It s hard to put my finger on exactly why I failed to connect with this book Is it because I m the oldest sibling and I don t know what it s like to be the rebellious you

Saving June is Ebook It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why I failed to connect with this book. Is it because I’m the oldest sibling and I don’t know what it’s like to be the rebellious younger sister? Is it because I’m just too damn old? Is it because, even when I was young, I thought that mosh pits were stupid? Maybe it’s because the thought of Jake singing softly in my ear in a van makes me want to elbow him in the solar plexus…and unlike Harper, I DO know where that is. I think that this is one of those YA books that is very authentically young. I mean, kids need fluff reads too. But it just doesn’t have enough depth for me.Harper is sixteen years old and she’s just lost her older, perfect, over-achieving sister June. Except that June may not have been so perfect after all: she had a hidden sadness that no one really understood. When Harper finds a mysterious mix CD in June’s room, it leads her to Jake, and eighteen year old “douche-baggy hipster music snob with the tastes of a forty-year-old white guy.” (That’s a quote from Laney, my favorite character.) As Harper begins to understand her sister, she hatches a wild plan to fulfill June’s last dream. I never had a clear picture of Harper: she’s a girl who rebels in a knee-jerk reaction to her sister’s perfection. She doesn’t have any deeply held beliefs or even her own taste in music. She’s like a sponge with no identity of her own. All of this, to me, speaks to a deep insecurity and low self-worth on her part. Which would be completely fine, honestly. I wish that she had chosen to explore that side of Harper a bit more. And yet, we are constantly informed by the author that Harper is so strong, so stubborn, so much healthier than her sister. I guess I just wasn’t buying it. Nothing feels true. Harper runs on the beach, then collapses in tears. She runs across a grassy area then collapses in tears. She runs to a boulder in the desert and collapses in tears. If she didn’t run and then collapse in tears, how would we know that she’s SAD? And if she didn’t drink and smoke and mosh and punch guys in the face, how would we know that she’s FULL OF ANGST?! I kept waiting to feel some real, honest emotion but it never happened. I recently read one of the most profound, honest portrayals of grief and it was written from the point of view of a thirteen year old. Just because your audience is young, doesn’t mean that the story needs to be oversimplified.So many opportunities for emotional catharsis are squandered. We never get to see what happens with Harper’s aunt, or her father, or her mother. Laney’s crisis? Magically solved. And after waiting for Harper to finally open up to someone about June, we are given a one sentence allusion to a conversation that she has with Jake. I needed to see that conversation, not hear about it after the fact. You can’t have a first person narrator and cheat the reader like that. What could have been an emotional scene is wasted. And so many of the references just made me feel OLD. There’s this whole air of mystery and affectedness surrounding Jake and his musical taste, like, “What? The Rolling Stones? Bruce Springsteen? Janis Joplin? HOW DOES HE COME UP WITH THESE BANDS?!!” It’s called Top 40. Just because it’s the popular music of another decade, doesn’t make it mysterious. There’s also a scene where kids jump rope to the chant, “Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in nineteen hundred and forty-two.” Is that an error or a cutting commentary about the state of our educational system? Or possibly it’s both….Still, I didn't hate this book. I laughed in a few places and while I may have skimmed through the end, I didn't have too much trouble getting through it.Perfect Musical PairingABBA – I Have a DreamNo one should ever be ashamed to love ABBA! This is one of my favorites of theirs. Now excuse me while I go watch Muriel’s Wedding for the bagillionth time.Also seen on The Readventurer.. 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 spli 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.. A viral Books Saving June This is how I picture Jake http://irresistiblereads.blogspot.com...Favourite Quote: "He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you."WOW! I am seriously blown away by how fantastic this book is. I loved Saving June. I am going to try and write a proper review here when all I want to do is go all fan girl about it!Harper's older sister June takes her life. Harper is devastated and doesn't know why. Her divorced parents decide to split the ashes but Harper isn't about to let that happen. She steals the ashes and runs off on a road trip to California to scatter the ashes across the ocean with her best friend Laney and Jake a stranger that is somehow connected to June.First up this book is my type of contemp. It is real and honest. It takes you on a journey with these incredible characters. I am so impressed with Harrington's writing. You would never think this is her debut novel. It is clever, gorgeous and full of heart. Harper, Jake and Laney are believable characters that come alive in the pages. I adored the realistic dialogue between them. It was witty, full of emotion and often humorous. I also like that fact the characters are flawed but still smart and are type of people I would love to be friends with.Harper is strong and confident in what she believes yet can be afraid to step outside her own comfort zones at times and often doubts how amazing she really is. Laney is her best friend and is a wonderful support person for Harper no matter what. It is the type friendship everybody wants. Now Jake he caused major swooning. He is a bit rough around the edges, is majorly obsessed with music, plays the guitar, sings and has a secret that very slowly unravels.There is also some delicious romance. I had to go back and re-read those pages over (and over and over and over) again!Another element I loved about this book is there is loads of music talk. Also playlists at the the end of the book that were mentioned in the story. If you are huge fan of books with music you are going to love this and will want to download all the songs mentioned (if you don't already have them).Overall, a stunning debut. My favourite road trip book ever. I insist all you fans of realistic fiction give Saving June a read!Note. I always highlight my favourite parts of a book and as you can see from below I pretty much marked every page!
Saving June by Hannah Harrington Saving June begins very powerfully during the aftermath of June s death Harper finds herself in a bubble of grief, unable to even begin to understand why her sister killed herself I could feel her heartache, as if it was my own. Saving June Harlequin Teen Saving June s premise is a fairly simple one Harper Scott s older sister June committed suicide, and Harper s separated parents decide to split her ashes between them Harper takes June s ashes with the intention of scattering them in California, a place June never got to visit, and is accompanied by best friend Laney and June s friend Jake. Saving June Kindle edition by Harrington, Hannah Saving June s premise is a fairly simple one Harper Scott s older sister June committed suicide, and Harper s separated parents decide to split her ashes between them Harper takes June s ashes with the intention of scattering them in California, a place June never got to visit, and is accompanied by best friend Laney and June s friend Jake. Saving June Hannah Harrington Saving June s premise is a fairly simple one Harper Scott s older sister June committed suicide, and Harper s separated parents decide to split her ashes between them Harper takes June s ashes with the intention of scattering them in California, a place June never got to visit, and is accompanied by best friend Laney and June s friend Jake. Saving June by Hannah Harrington Book Reviews Saving June is a story about family and self discovery It s about dealing with the guilt, and moving on, while never really forgetting those that won t be able to move on with you With both sad and humorous moments, music, and a tinge of romance, Saving June was everything I wanted and . Saving June eBook by Hannah Harrington Nov , Saving June by Hannah Harrington Share your thoughts Complete your review Tell readers what you thought by rating and reviewing this book Rate it You Rated it Star I hated it Stars I didn t like it Stars It was OK Stars I liked it Stars I SAVING JUNE YouTube Welcome to my channel My name s June Thanks for visiting and I hope you will love it here Please subscribe, share and leave a comment. Saving June Quotes by Hannah Harrington Saving June Quotes Showing of He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful Into something that people connect to And that s what good music does.

  1. I don t like Pina Coladas, but I do enjoy getting caught in the rain.Oh, and I m a YA author My first novel, SAVING JUNE, was published by Harlequin Teen in 2011, and my second, SPEECHLESS, will be released on August 28th, 2012

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  1. It s hard to put my finger on exactly why I failed to connect with this book Is it because I m the oldest sibling and I don t know what it s like to be the rebellious younger sister Is it because I m just too damn old Is it because, even when I was young, I thought that mosh pits were stupid Maybe it s because the thought of Jake singing softly in my ear in a van makes me want to elbow him in the solar plexus and unlike Harper, I DO know where that is I think that this is one of those YA books t [...]


  2. This is how I picture Jake irresistiblereadsFavourite Quote He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful Into something that people connect to And that s what good music does It speaks to you It changes you WOW I am seriously blown away by how fantastic this book is I loved Saving June I am going to try and write a proper review here when all I want to do is go all fan girl about it Harper s older sister June takes her life Harper is devastated and doesn t know why Her divorced parent [...]


  3. Judging from the Aussie cover which is gorgeous and the blurb I expected Saving June to be a melancholic perhaps whimsical novel exploring grief sisterhood bad boys I thought it may be a rainy day comfort read But it was so much than thatVING JUNE opens with Harper at her sisters wake and the tone is pitch perfect for that kind of startled frozen grief and yet Harrington had me grinning grinning in the aftermath of a funeral multiple times before the chapter was through, even alongside that gor [...]


  4. So many dead sisters in YA literature these days I can t even begin to describe how deeply Harper s grief affected me It s not often that I find myself completely taken aback by an author s insight and sensitivity I m still convinced that she must have gone through something similar at some point in her life, otherwise she couldn t have been able to describe so accurately the thoughts that sometimes follow such a disastrous event I have to admit that the story hit too close to home and it wasn t [...]


  5. In the past year, at least for me, all the rage in YA contemporary fiction can be condensed in one word Australia Marchetta, Buzo, Cath Crawley, Eagar were definitely my favorite reads this year Hannah Harrington is the exception that proves the rule This lady is American and what is , Saving June is her debut novel Harper s life is in pieces Her sister June unexplainably committed suicide a few weeks before graduating and her family is, quite understandably, a wreck There s no rhyme nor reason [...]


  6. Once in awhile comes a book that just touches you in all the right places It makes you think, it forces you to feel but at the same time it s not overwhelming Saving June is one of those books.To say I loved this would be a total understatement I m remarkably surprised that considering the issue at hand, it still reads with ease and comfort The author mixes a brilliant combination of pain and joy, laughter and tears, set to a road trip, detours and of course the glue that holds any experience, m [...]


  7. FAVORITE YA OF 2011 My heart hurts So, so badly.5 Beautiful Things About Saving June 1 Harper She is soreal She has a lot of spunk and I have immense respect for her and the way she dealt with June s death and all the other issues in her life While reading this book, I came to love Harper like I would a best friend She s an amazing, down to earth, and strong heroine She doesn t whine or complain and isn t reduced to a pile of girly goo when falling in love Basically, she s mature 2 Jake Like Har [...]


  8. Some people think that a place can save them, I say Like if they could just be somewhere else, their lives would be totally different They could finally be the people they always wanted to be But to me, a place is just a place If you really want things to change, you can make them change no matter where you are Hannah Harrington s debut, Saving June, begins with Harper Scott stacking casseroles and meringue pies into her refrigerator Her older sister, June, has just died from a self inflicted dr [...]


  9. I pushed and pushed through this, but this novel just isn t working for me.It feels like I ve read this story a million times before someone dies and a teen usually a girl left behind has to deal with the aftermath Sometimes versions of this scenario are incredibly successful The Piper s Son, Please Ignore Vera Dietz , sometimes utterly forgettable Amy Roger s Epic Detour, The Sky Is Everywhere Saving June falls into the second category for me, unfortunately.To make such an overused story good, [...]



  10. So beautiful it hurts Why is it so hard to talk about the books we like Why is it so hard to open my heart to the whole world and to say out loud how much I loved this story Why is it so hard to put into words all the beauty of Saving June I tell you why, because I m somehow speechless Because my heart is far away, somewhere in California, looking for a way to save June, searching through all those beautiful moments of vulnerability, frustration and hope the characters went through Because my he [...]


  11. Saving June is going to be sat firmly on the not my cup of tea shelf, right alongside my box of Earl Grey I realise that s a bold statement to make, considering how mercurial my tastes seem to be at any given time, but this book and I seriously did not get along.The story is about Harper, a teenage girl living in the shadow of her perfect elder sister, June Soon after their parents get divorced, June commits suicide After her funeral, an argument breaks out over who will get to keep an urn with [...]


  12. This was an amazing story One of my favorite quotes Jake was right I m strong in a way June never was Because I know that I want to be here Even with the pain Even with the ugliness There is so much beauty in just existing In being alive I don t want to miss a second Saving June opens up with Harper Scott at her sister June s wake June committed suicide and Harper has no idea why June was always the pretty, perfect, honor roll student with direction She even got into Berkley in her dream state, [...]


  13. Very rarely in my life have I come across a book where it is difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what I liked about it.Saving Junefalls into this rare category of books simply because it made me feel so many emotions that it is hard for me to go back and find the exact moment I began falling in love with it.Saving Junewas one of those books that I was so completely invested in that time lost all meaning and I forgot that I was reading a book in my bed and not on a road trip to California myself [...]


  14. So yeah, I don t give YA books five stars very often That is mostly due to the fact that they re usually deficient in the areas of tone, plot, and characterization Not so with this one I found myself almost instantly connecting with Harper, her antisocial behavior and general cynicism about life and people ringing very similar to my own at that age I was actually a little surprised by how much Harper reminded me of myself at 16 But I suppose that could be why some people have a harder time conne [...]


  15. But I wasn t interested in being like June, and I definitely didn t want to live in June s shadow Even if mine was less impressive, at least it was mine Initial Final Page Thoughts OK, that ending Is it possible to die of cringe BUT The rest was fantastic.High PointsSIC Seriously SERIOUSLY The music that is mentioned in this book is the soundtrack to my life Seriously Pretty much every single one of my favourite songs is mentioned in this book If you cut open my soul these songs are what you d O [...]


  16. Originally posted here.For some reason, Saving June by Hannah Harrington was released early in Australia I ve seen raving reviews from those who have been lucky enough to get copies of the book and that persuaded me to read it as soon as I can The ebook can be purchased from Angus Robertson and Borders Australia If you want a physical copy, you can order it from Fishpond Also, Harlequin Teen said on Twitter that Saving June will be available on NetGalley in August.Harper Scott knows she can neve [...]


  17. Saving Jane had been a book on my wish list ever since it hit the shelves in Australia, and the Aussie bloggers just couldn t get enough So I was excited to finally get my hands on a copy a year after first hearing about it.Harper is struggling, her sister June has just passed away, she took her own life leaving no letter or explanation why On the surface everything seemed fine with June, she d found her boyfriend and cheated on her, but other than that everything seemed to be going okay So find [...]


  18. WOW This book blew me away I have been digesting it for two weeks trying to decide how to review it Every time I think about it again I honestly get all teary eyed First I want to explain why I usually always read paranormal books I try a little of everything but I have never been a fan of realistic fiction because I honestly never find it realistic I always think this is so fake and they might as well throw in a vampire to make it fun and then I won t worry that it sounds fake So when I read th [...]


  19. After letting the swooning and aww ing emotions simmer, I think I am now capable of writing a review.Okay Whenever I pick up a book that centers on a topic as sensitive as suicide, I m always a bit unsure of what to expect This book definitely exceeded my expectations, and sensitive subject aside was well written, well developed and I loved every page of it.Page one we re introduced to Harper, whose older sister June has just taken her own life Knowing how she feels yet finding it hard to proces [...]


  20. 4.5 starsWow That s the only thought that went through my mind when I finished this book Just plain wow.Harper Scott is adrift Her sister killed herself No other way to say it And those people who should take care of her are too busy with their own pain and grief, so she retreats But, in that mess, something occurs to her Maybe she can fulfill June s dream of going to California by spilling her ashes in the ocean But she can t do it alone It s than 2000 miles from her small town to California S [...]


  21. I know this is a silly question for a bunch of readers, but it still bowls be over when it happens Have you ever felt like you were reading the right book at the right time As if the book found you when you needed it This story felt like that to me I was riding along with Harper, Laney, Jake, and June to California Windows down Music blaring It felt heartbreakingly perfect Saving June is a very special book that fit right into my heart, head, and soul.For the past year, books have been my way of [...]


  22. Whenever I think about this book, Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones starts playing in my head and for me, this is never a bad thing Actually, I think I may have bumped up my rating slightly as a result of the music liberally referenced through the story Nice use of the Doors, Hannah Harrington Bonus Playlists Yes and thank you While the story opens at the wake for Harper Scott s sister June, this isn t exactly a book about suicide It s about grief and regret, the aftermath of the decision of a f [...]


  23. Even though this book is ultimately about loss and dealing with grief, it s a very diverting read filled with life, humor, and romance Being a road trip story, be prepared for some amusing sightseeing along with plenty of colorful characters.Saving June begins very powerfully during the aftermath of June s death Harper finds herself in a bubble of grief, unable to even begin to understand why her sister killed herself I could feel her heartache, as if it was my own The emotional turmoil is extre [...]


  24. And thus, the reason why I sometimes really hate first narrative I am of the minority Saving June has failed to awe me into an emotional chokehold, which seems to be the general denouement to the reading experience of many readers out there This book, to its unfortunate luck, contains many reading pet peeves of mine Sadly, there were so many things that bugged me about the way it was presented that I couldn t concentrate on the story itself Although, to be completely and utterly truthful, I don [...]


  25. Original review 2012 He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful Harrington s writing is the kind that makes you stop while you re reading just to re read a sentence, to say it out loud, so you can consider it and let it sink in So you can smell the words and their meanings like perfume Everything was just so poetic Author Hannah Harrington is only 23 and honestly, I am beyond impressed To be that young and yet manage to write such a book The girl is amazing Now, the book in itself.I [...]


  26. OMG Instant music geek orgasm Go request this on netgalley Or read it Now, now, now How awesome is this book It made me forget exam anxiety It made me forget my surroundings It made me sit my arse down and read, from start to finish, and all I can say is, thank goodness I didn t open the file BEFORE I went into exams because I would have surely missed it Saving June tells the story of Harper, a girl whose sister has just committed suicide The two girls have been dealing with the fallout of their [...]


  27. Clapton wrote this song about it, after, and it just It rips your heart out It is the best kind of devastating there is He took his pain and he turned it into something beautiful Into something that people connect to And that s what good music does It speaks to you It changes you What I m trying to say is, it s just nice, I guess, knowing that someone else can put into words what I feel That there are people who have been through things worse than I have, and they came out on the other side okay [...]


  28. Hannah Harrington s amazing debut is a must read for YA lovers I haven t read a teen novel this fresh and wonderful in such a long time It was a great book to read over my break Here s a quote from early in the book, that I think captures the tone of the novel perfectly and shows you Harper s personality Jay, you should play something, Gwen suggests from across the crackling fire Somehow from the way she says it, and the dark look Jake gives her in response, I can tell a gauntlet has been thrown [...]


  29. 3 STARSWhat do you do WHAT DO YOU DO Well duh, kidnap her urn and take a roadtrip to California with your best friend and some random douche baggy hipster music snob with the taste of a forty year old white guy of course The latter, by the way, also needs to fulfill the minimum requirement of being sorta hot , owning a van named after a singer who OD ed in heroin because he s cool like that , mad skills in the dance floor and a shroud of mystery in his connection to suicidal sis.This should have [...]


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