Published: Harlequin Teen (November 22, 2011)
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: My awesome friend Ginger told me that Saving June is a must read, with music and a singing boy. Not to mention romance and road trips. I am delighted to say that I was not at all disappointed by this novel. When Ginger speaks, this girl listens.
Harper lost her sister. This is big time sad. But she's also one of those girls who suppresses her feelings. Who could blame her, I guess, considering her mother who is broken and her aunt who is psycho. Someone has to maintain control, right? At first, I was angry because this girl would not emote. She lost her SISTER. Her FAMILY. Please, please let it out, woman. Because if you don't, I will. But then I realized: Harper just needs someone to confide in and lean on. To be a catalyst to the healthy release of her tightly jam-packed feelings.
ENTER: THE BOY. Jake. Who, at first, was not at all a person I'd trust. He was a jerk. Snide comments aplenty, I still was rooting for Harper to smooch him. (Hint: it's a slow burn.) Speaking of burn, there's a scene in a van named Janis Joplin which I think all you girly girls who like subtle romantic explosions in your YA books. Hannah Harrington has cooked up somethign real nice for you. But it's not the way you're thinking. However, it has the same OMG MELT effect.
Saving June was beautiful. Hannah's grief and regret is subtle, but you still feel it. It makes me want to hug my sister and never say anything mean to her. This is a standout contemporary that I won't hesitate to recommend to.. I don't know. Everybody.