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Saving June by Hannah Harrington
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary, young-adult, read-2011, favorites
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: Nic and Nomes
Read from June 20 to 21, 2011

Once in awhile comes a book that just touches you in all the right places. It makes you think, it forces you to feel but at the same time it's not overwhelming. Saving June is one of those books.

To say I loved this would be a total understatement. I'm remarkably surprised that considering the issue at hand, it still reads with ease and comfort. The author mixes a brilliant combination of pain and joy, laughter and tears, set to a road trip, detours and of course the glue that holds any experience, music.

These characters, Harper, Jake, Laney and even June, felt very real to me. Harper is one of those characters with a hard shell all around her, even before June did what she did. She's stubborn and infuriating, but she's also very caring and completely realistic. I love how she can really dish it out and hold her own. She has attitude but not the kind you want to beat down. Laney is a great best friend, good to the soul through and through, she complimented the journey without distracting it. And then there's Jake. Ahhh Jake. He is soooo my kind of hawt. He's not as complicated as he pretends to be. He's had a hard life, sure, but by doing what he did for Harper, putting himself out there all because he wanted to give back the way June helped him is really amazing. I loved how into music he is and he really does have a point. Music is just like reading a book or watching a movie, it tells a story and if your really listening you can understand the meaning of it and how it can actually change your life, your moment, and becomes apart of your soul. I really loved how Harrington made that apart of the story, like it's very own character.

As for the romance? Do know that feeling just before being kissed for the first time? Your stomach kinda drops and you kinda just tingle with anticipation, hoping against hope that it's everything you wanted it to be and more? Well, that's what it felt like to me while reading that scene between Harper and Jake. Mind you it wasn't a long scene and if I'm being honest was the only real one, but Harrington really nailed it. Big ass goofy grin and all. But it was more then just that moment, it was all the little things that lead up to it. Slow moving, gradual but completely inevitable. Just the way I like it.

But I think my favorite part about the entire book was the writing. Not only does this have some of the best banter, dialog and witty remarks that make you just smile, but it's also chalked full of those thought-provoking one liners and full passages that you literally stop reading and think about the meaning behind it, in the book and even how it apply's to your own life. That's pretty incredible stuff.

Bottom line, I could go on forever praising this book and it probably wont even do it justice. So all I'm gonna say is that it's an awesome story about wanting to die, wanting to really live and how all the in-between messy stuff that life is all about makes it so much more worth it then you'd ever realize.
It's powerful, uplifting and it really touched my heart.

Read this. It matters;)
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Lora *jealousy*


message 2: by Nic (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nic wOOT wOOT. Give Jake a big kiss for me xxxxx ~whispers~ He is MBB this week :D


Nomes <3

and so cute seeing 'Nic and Nomes' as the "recommendees" ~ we have a nice alliterative effect ;)


~Tina~ I'm LOVING this book! Should be done it by tomorrow =D

'Nic and Nomes' sounds so good together lol ;)

Twinie! I need to see your pick for Jake!! He's delicious in my head lol


message 5: by Nic (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nic YAY for loving it!!! And tomorrow Jake will be unveiled ;)


~Tina~ wOOOOOt!!


Yaseena jealous! want to read this one so bad :) enjoy


message 8: by Nomes (last edited Jun 21, 2011 06:26AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Nomes oh my gosh tina ~ you better be loving it so you can join our (view spoiler) peanut butter club


~Tina~ Haha!! Yes, I loved it as you can tell by my review. Jake is just...gah! Can I have him? Yes? ~swoons~
Such a FANTASTIC book!


message 10: by Alexa (new) - added it

Alexa Awesome review! You all are making me excited for this one. :)


~Tina~ Thanks Alexa! I hope you love it!


message 12: by Nic (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nic Beautiful review. And welcome to (view spoiler) peanut butter club :)


Nomes oh my gosh tina

you so nailed this review. it is one of my fave ever reviews of yours! (i thought you said you were losing your review mojo, ;)

you are SO in the peanut butter club ;)


~Tina~ wOOt!! Peanut Butter Club!!! Yay's!!!! lol

Thanks guys! I am losing my review mojo, but I guess it takes a really amazing book to get the words flowing again;) Loved it to bits!


message 15: by Arlene (new)

Arlene Okay, I'm reading this! Beautiful review Tina!!


~Tina~ Thanks Arlene! Your gonna love it!


Yaseena is this book out yet? I'm desperate ot read it but am confused by the release date? It says May 1st 2011 on one version and then Nov. 22nd on the other...


~Tina~ This book is out in May for our Aussie friends and Nov for the rest of the world. I was fortunate to have a friend send me a copy for review:)
It's worth the wait:)


Yaseena ~Tina~ wrote: "This book is out in May for our Aussie friends and Nov for the rest of the world. I was fortunate to have a friend send me a copy for review:)
It's worth the wait:)"


okay gotcha, thanks for clarifying i figured it was something like that. I am so looking forward to this one and even more so after your review. Sounds like it'll be such a good one. Australian authors seem to have a little something special :)


message 20: by Nora (new) - rated it 4 stars

Nora "Music is just like reading a book or watching a movie, it tells a story and if your really listening you can understand the meaning of it and how it can actually change your life, your moment, and becomes apart of your soul." Now this what a beautiful review is like! I'm gonna pick this book up :D


~Tina~ Thanks Nora!:) I hope you enjoy this as much as I did:)


✌ Kaye ♡ Love when reviews display all my emotions and sentiment. Great review!


Basuhi I really loved this book too...Jake was so confusing but SWOONWORTHY nonetheless :)


Arushi Sethi you have just described ALL the feelings I was finding way too difficult to express ;)


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