Resistance. Heartbreak. Betrayal. An unforgettable young adult novel set in occupied France during WRead Review
‘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.
Saving June is an emotional and dramatic book which I think encapsulates the experiences of most high school students. I think that it is relevant to most people who are currently still in their teenage years as it is relatable in the sense of love, loss and confusion. We have all faced tradegy not knowing how to deal with it and in the case of this book, this is exactly how the protagonist Harper feels. After the shocking loss of her sister June, Harper feels as if she has no one to turn to and feels lost in the big, bustling, loud world around her. After a chance meeting with a strange boy called Jake, they begin the journey together to California, the city her sister had forever dreamt about going too. I think that at this point, Harper sees going to California as an escape route to avoid feeling the loss of her sister. This is relatable as many people find themselves stuck in situations with no solution, leaving them with no choice but to leave. This is exactly how Harper feels. Throughout the book, it seems as though Harper is a really dull person, eliciting hardly any emotions, but in my opinion this is just a cover up for the boiling emotions bubbling inside of her, waiting to be released.
A very moving, beautiful story about Harpers journey to Save June in her final bid to re-connect and save her lost sister.
It is a very emotional book at times but is also a very humerous and loving book. It confronts problems that teenagers deal with every day; like living in a siblings shadows and having screaming matches with them.
But when Harper meets the mysterious Jake, Harper finds a new and warm side to her self described 'cold' self.
And just when you think that Harrington has thought of everything that could happen she pulls one out the hat. Laney is a wonderful best friend, one that I wished I had. She brings out the best and most truth out of Harper, but also has her won ups and downs that take the light off something that is quite dark in some instances (when Harper describes how she found June).
Overall I loved this book and am recommending it to all my friends and anyone who loves a great winter read while being tucked up in a warm comfy bed!!!