Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Release date: 22 November 2011
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.
This book was fabulous! If you are looking for a book that makes you feel a wide range of emotions and feelings, this is definitely the one for you.
The story begins with the funeral of Harper's sister, June. June used to be the perfect sister, she was always very nice and happy. So everyone finds it hard to imagine the reason why one day, out of the blue, she committed suicide, without leaving a note or anything like that. Harper is specially upset because she feels like she should have been the one to save her, the one who noticed that she was not okay.
When she found her sister on that fateful day, there was a CD playing on her car. She tries finding out more about that mix of songs, and they led her to the handsome shop assistant of a music store, Jake Tolan, who once had blue hair and the very mysterious boy from June's funeral. Harper wants to do something for her sister, and with her best friend decide to go to California to throw her ashes on the sea, since it was June's dream to go there. So you can imagine their surprise when Jake offers to accompany them.
And here begins their journey across the country that ends up changing their lives in its own way. Because Harper wants to find out the real reason behind June's suicide and Jake's connection to all of this, but she won't be able to do it without first facing her own feelings. The truth is that at first I did not like Jake at all. Yes, he was the "bad boy", but he was bad... in his own sense. That is why I found myself delighted with his increasing interest for Harper. I really enjoyed their verbal battles. It's something I like in stories like these.
Saving June is a contemporary story with very real characters that seem very close to you and let you see a bit of their feelings of having lost someone dear. Easy to read and very recommended!