Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Release Date: November 22, 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.
Saving June, in my opinion, is like Amy & Roger's Epic Detour meets Due Date (the movie with Robert Downey Jr & Zach Galifianakis) only darker and a lot less funny/inappropriate. And that's kind of insanely awesome.
This book was an emotional rollercoaster. I went from feeling extremely sad when we're introduced to the characters and to June's death, amused and entertained when they hit the road and started their journey across the country, frustrated when Harper and Jake's relationship got complicated and ultimately really happy with how the book ended. It felt pretty good to close the book and be completely satisfied with the characters and their decisions, even if said decisions weren't the best.
I loved Harper. She was stubborn, snarky and often had a rotten attitude, but I think that's part of her charm. I also fell a little bit in love with Jake, despite wanting to throttle him at times for being an asshat. But both of them were so authentic and so well developed that it was kind of easy to connect to them, to put yourself in their shoes and sympathize with what they were going through and what they were doing. This is a book where's theres nothing to root for, yet I still found myself rooting for them.
Overall, Saving June is an incredible debut, successfully managing to be both heartbreakingly sad and hopeful at the same time. The overwhelming emotions and spectacular cast of characters make for a very intense ride. (Lame pun very much intended) For me, this is probably one of the best contemporary books released in 2011. I definitely recommend it to everybody.
Other reviews for Saving June:
The Book Pushers.