Author: Hannah Harrington
Published: November 22, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Challenge: The Contemps, 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Summary: Everyone's sorry. But no one can explain why.
Harper Scott's older sister, June, took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her 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.
Review: I really liked Saving June. I'm a sucker for road trip books, and add in some emotional turmoil/grief and a cute romance and I'm in.
I loved that the story was about June but also focused on the other characters. There was a constant mystery surrounding June. Why she killed herself, how she knew Jake's friends, all are unsolved mysteries to Harper. Yet while we learn all about June we still get a connection to Harper and Jake.
One thing I love about road trip books is that they give the characters time to grow and evolve which I think the characters here did. There was a definite change in all of the characters by the end. At first I didn't get that connection with Jake, but by the end I had connected with Jake and Harper and Laney, pretty much everyone.
I also loved the ending. It was a bit vague in that you don't know exactly what happens, but it gives you enough closure to be happy with it.
Saving June was a story both happy and sad. It worked through complicated issues and had some great characters. Not to mention it had a great road trip!