‘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.
Harper's older sister June killed herself leaving nothing behind to explain why she did it. Harper is angry, so angry and feeling a kind of grief she just doesn't know how to process. She decides to take June's ashes to California with her best friend Laney and a boy she can't stand who seems to know June more than Harper did.
This book. This book was so good. Harper Scott is one of the most unlikable characters but she is so real that despite her I don't give a shit attitude you slam face first into her narration wanting more, more, more. Harper struggles with understanding why her sister killed herself, why even when she is gone she is constantly compared to June. I say Harper is unlikable, but I loved her. I loved every bit of her narration. I loved the way her train of thoughts always went. Loved how she called people out on their shit, even herself from time to time.
Saving June doesn't fail when it comes to the characters. They are expectantly real, disfuncitonal, messed up and completely loveable. Laney, Harper's best friend, never failed to make me laugh. Everything that tumbled from that girls mouth was hilarious. She seems perfect, perfect life, parents who don't really think twice of what she does. I loved the aspect of this story that despite what we see everyone has these faults in their lives, cracks in the exterior and eventually those cracks shatter and you finally see that even if they seem perfect they have a lot of heavy stuff going on like the rest of the world.
Jake Tolan, music obsessed, gonna call you out on your shit guy. I loved him. Scratch that I adored him. Like with Laney and Harper, he was so real. He wasn't a knight in shinning armor. He often said some really stupid shit that got him punched in the shoulder, often. But then he would say some of the most brilliant things that would make you stop and think. Jake Tolan and his crazy hair is certainly a keeper in my book, he's complicated but in the best way.
I have a thing for books that feature a lot of music. I don't know about you but someone who really appreciates music there's something really great about reading a book with characters who appreciate it too. I'm not going to lie I'm like Jake. I can sometimes be a music snob. Granted, he is a bit more extreme than me and is way more obsessed.
Saving June is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I couldn't stop reading this book the moment I started it. I loved the relationship between Jake, Harper, and Laney. There's something about a book set on the road that makes you want to go yourself and figure everything out. This book covers a pretty tough topic but it's done in a real way that doesn't sugar coat anything. I would recommend this book to anyone. I can't wait to get my hands on another book by this author! She is a new favorite for sure.