Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Paperback: 322 pages
Release date: November 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin 
Source: NetGalley
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. 

It was never been an easy life for Harper to be the bad, stubborn and who-lets-her-parents-down daughter to her parents, it just gets bad when her sister June died. Harper was addressed to be an Ice-cold, hard-headed girl who didn’t cry even on her sister’s funeral. While June was the calm, obedient, smart and almost perfect daughter among the two of them. Harper seems to be eating up all the emotions she felt after June died, with all the annoyed faces of the people who think she should know the signs before June did it and her mother suffering from the lost of her daughter and the divorce before that. But all of it has been aside when she decided to find out what really happened to June and a guy happens to be sort of connected to June could help her. As Harper and Jake discover what was on June’s mind before she died they did not only found what they’re looking for but also Harper seems to found her true self, what she wants and what she didn’t wanted to be. There journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster with all the music and stuffs through their ride to California and the struggles they have to face. 

The whole story was easy to grasp and not a knotty kind of story. I love how Harper was in a bit of a strong and snarky side and Jake, who loves music as his life was like her. There banter and sarcastic comments just add to heat up their affection to each other. The story did not only talk about Harper’s relationship with her family and how to deal with it, but it central theme, which I believed, is being free. Free to do what you want and don’t want, how to express your own feelings. Harper did it, she soon finds what she wants and does it, Jake live up with music but there are things that still keep him from doing what he wants, but with the help of Harper he let his fears go. And June, all her life everyone seems to think that she is perfect but she knows that there are things that she wanted to do but can’t, feelings she wanted to let out but don’t know how. In the end she decided to let her emotions out by doing what she knew would set her free. 

The book was in fact a heart-warming story, with how it shows a life of a person could change in just a click (wrong or right), that could affect not only her self but also the people around her. I really enjoy the book; I don’t have to state the obvious thing that a reader should do. :)) 

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