Welcome back to Standalone Saturday. In this meme, I feature a book that does NOT have a sequel or a prequel. Today, I'm writing about...
by Hannah Harrington
Source: bought from Barnes and Noble
Mature content: Sex, drugs, smoking and drinking. But depicted responsibly!
I'd heard a lot of great word-of-mouth recommendations about this book, and had to check it out for myself.
I loved it! Saving June takes some great YA themes (sibling rivalry, a road trip, and salvation through music) and blends them into an inspired, irresistible re-mix.
Harper Scott has always played the part of "bad" sibling to a tee, and she slips even deeper into that role after her seemingly perfect elder sister commits suicide weeks before high school graduation.
Harper's parents, newly divorced, inform Harper that they'll be splitting up June's ashes. A horrified Harper enlists her wild child BFF and a mysterious, attractive funeral guest and sets off on a spontaneous cross-country drive to give June what she always dreamed of -- a trip to California.
Yes, some of this is a tad implausible, but so what? It's also fabulously fun. And sad. And hilarious. The characters will steal your heart. Harper's anger masks her confusion and guilt. Jake, the bad boy with eclectic musical taste, won't reveal his mysterious connection to June. Laney's a bombshell with a heart of gold. I could absolutely see this story making it to the big screen. It's one part High Fidelity, one part Thelma and Louise and one part Rebel Without a Cause.
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