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A Million Junes

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  17,973 ratings  ·  2,796 reviews
For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.

Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Razorbill
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Apr 01, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my fun little book about love, lakes, ghosts, grief, inheritance, magic, Michigan, and the meaning of life and death. it's chill. ...more

I love Emily Henry, and I love June (aka Jack O'Donnell IV) and I love Saul and I love Hannah and I love Jack O'Donnell III and I love families and I love magical realism and I love this book.

I love it so, so, so so so so much.

Changing this to a five star because a) obviously and b) you should always five star books that are so pretty they make you tear up a little bit on a Greyhound bus.

original review


Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

I adore magical realism, and this was like a Shakespearean tragedy (think Romeo and Juliet) magical realism hybrid, so it was right up my alley. This definitely isn't for everyone as it requires a certain suspension of disbelief, but if you allow yourself to get lost and embrace the oddities of this story, you will most likely love it like I did. The writing had the perfect amount of whimsy and darkness to it and everything just clicked to create this wonderfully strange tale. Now I will say
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
for me, a books writing is the most important part. for some, its the characters. for others, it may be the story development. but i think the writing is what makes the difference between a good book and an unforgettable one.

for example, magical realism is still a genre i am working on liking. im either a fantasy person or a contemporary person, so it makes me a bit uncomfortable when the two combine. however, the writing in this made me love this book so much. the genre may be outside my comfo
May 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I was just a moment, and you made me forever.

Well, friends, I did it. I finally read my first Emily Henry novel and I am glad I started with A Million Junes because this is simply delightful. A paranormal romance slash bilungdroman that has so much heart and an ending destined to bring the tears, the Henry examines ideas of family legacy, memory and grief as teenage Jack IV (June) O’Donnell and Saul Angert discover the complex and intertwined history of their two families while falling cutely
Lala BooksandLala
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-lite
Swoon. Emily Henry's writing style is just everything. ...more
♛ may
i've pretty much come to terms with the fact that magic realism and i, do not get along

ever since i read maggie stiefvater's raven cycle series (back in 2016) i thought it was going to be the genre that spOKE TO MY SOUL
no, it just turns out that maggie's thing

anyways this year it kinda came to my attention (after reading 2 anne-marie mclemore books and being in the constant state of emotion of: ¿??¿?¿¿?¿?¿¿?¿?¿¿) that perhaps magic realism,,,,,,isn't my thing

this review was originally posted on twirling pages

i’ve read many many amazing books these past few months, but never one that made me want to start reviewing again. but A Million Junes makes me want to share something; it makes me want to feel something deeper and actually talk about it. simply put, A Million Junes is so incredibly special.

in all honesty, i don't think this is everyone's cup of tea. the concept is a little strange because it's not quite contemporary but also not quite anything
Jeff Zentner
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly spellbinding in every way. The language, the descriptions, the mythology. Emily Henry is just a brilliant writer. That's all there is to it. This book is impossibly full of magic. ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Wow. This was like a mix of I'll Give You the Sun and Holes. Such a beautifully strange story. I already want to re-read this. I loved it SO much. *sobs forever* ...more

DNF at page 235

I am sorry, but this book is utterly and irrevocably not my cup of tea. I struggled with it for more than a week and I don't see a point of doing it any longer. I am just not interested in the story or characters at all. It's sad, though, that I have to call it my first ARC DNF, but, well, it is my first ARC DNF.

A Million Junes was my first Emily Henry book and I've heard quite a lot of good about her debut The Love That Split the World, so I when I saw the ARC of June, I

Jun 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“we need to chase our dreams, and i don’t know about you, but in my best and brightest dreams, you’re always there.” ☁️💫

a million junes was enchanting and strange and beautiful and haunting and imaginative and lovely. with lush and atmospheric writing, emily henry created a place with a magic farmhouse, a cherry tree, ghosts, and a mysterious forest where the sun can shine in the middle of the night. this is a story of love and mystery, of family and grief, and of one of the sweetest friendships
“Grief is an unfillable hole in your body. It should be weightless, but it's heavy. Should be cold, but it burns. Should, over time, close up, but instead it deepens.”

This was going to be a 3 star book for me until that ending.. oh my god my heart. This is a story about this girl named Jack who goes by June, she's named after her Dad and their family thinks they've been cursed. This is a gorgeous story about the love between a Father and a daughter, and the grief someone can experience when

4.5 stars

I wish so much this were a true 5-star book for me. It was five stars in my heart and five stars through perhaps the first 50-60%. The ending wasn't bad, by any means, but it lost a bit of its own magic with too many explanations (ones that didn't always fit to me) and a literal walk-and-talk of exposition at the end to tie everything together. For a story that flitted so magically at the beginning, the laying out of all the pieces really halted the magic for a moment.

Other than that o
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review could also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

There was so much to love about this book. It was almost a magical experience reading this book. The story just kind of sprang to life for me and I was really swept away by the story. I couldn't get this story out of my head and if I had a moment free I was reading this book. This was a book that I quickly learned to expect the unexpected and just let the beauty of the storytelling take over. Simply put, this was an amazing book.

I am a sucker for anything that compares itself to R+J, but couple that with Emily Henry's name and I didn't need to know anything else.

I love love loved June and Saul. They're both grieving and trying to work through it and I loved every scene with them together. They have an immediate and hilarious banter. I could have easily read a million more pages of the two of them. The entire cast of characters is delightful. {I would like more Hannah please!} It did get a bit confusing with all of the
"Most of the time, when you regret something, you haven't seen what the thing you regret can lead you to, if you let it."


I loved this. One of the best portrayals of grief for teenagers to see and understand I have ever read. If you've got a teen in your life experiencing grief for the first time, give them this. How healing it was.

It definitely took a bit longer to get into than I would have liked, but once I did it was hard to put down.

The description of grief and how people expect it to s
h o l l i s
After BEACH READ, I knew Henry was a talented writer that could make me laugh and hurt and completely compell me into forgetting the world exists (I type this after midnight on a monday morning and I guarantee you I'll be grumpy in a few hours.. but no ragrets!). I didn't expect this book to be what it was, though. An exploration of grief, love, tragedy, storytelling, growing up, with a ROMEO & JULIET-style vibe but also with magic and curses. There's a lot that I wish I had time to unpack, and ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader

I thought I was already done with magical realism until I’ve read A Million Junes. It’s truly beautifully written without being too flowery which I usually fear from magical realism books. Sometimes, they’re written too lavishly that I couldn’t understand most of it but this book is different. In fact, it reads more like a contemporary. It’s emotional, funny and engrossing and not hard to read at all.

The characters seem really real, and well-developed. The plot is also very interesting. Basical
this book was special. it felt like reading a tiny part of the universe, drinking warm hot chocolate, being hugged, running under the rain, and sobbing uncontrollably. all of this at once. it was incredible.
Beautiful writing, witty & realistic dialogue, a bad-ass heroine, a swoony love interest, a unique and magical plot - I loved every minute of this book!
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

i just cant connect with this book at all.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need to gather my thoughts but just know that this is now one of my favorite books of all time. I hate myself for putting off reading this for so long. It’s an incredible, beautifully written story about grief and loss but told in a unique and fantastical way. Even with magic houses and ghosts and curses, the emotion is grounded in a genuine real way that at points made me think there was a magical hill where you really could see the people you love and lost again. This book is easily one of m ...more
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Once in a blue forever, you come across a book that features so many of your favorite elements that you can’t help but wonder if it was written specifically for you. A Million Junes felt that way to me: part Shakespearean retelling and part Alice Hoffman-style magical realism, the novel teems with luminous, evocative language and characters so alive I half-expected them to climb off the page and walk around my house. Throw in a forbidden roman
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jack McDonnell IV aka June is the latest Jack in her lineage to carry on the family name, and with that comes the dark history and the family Angert that she is supposed to stay far away from.

You know the age old story- forbidden romance only makes the heart want it more and Saul Angert and June McDonnell can stay away only so long before they start to realize the connection they have and the twisted history of their family's past. Death and broken hearts, cherry trees and magical coywolves. I f
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I really enjoyed this one.

It was quite far into the magical realism genre, which I loved, and I adored the story itself. The book is about reexamining what you think you know about the people you love, about grief and loss, and learning to let go of the past and move forward. The romance and friendship between June and Saul was balanced and didn't feel overwrought, so in that sense there was a mature and lasting feel to their relationship.

This was my first book by Emily Henry, and I found her wr
Starry-Eyed Jen
Magical realism is quickly becoming my go-to sub-genre. It lends itself to the here and now while also being a bit mired in fantasy elements. Add to that the star-crossed lovers aspect and I am sold. The O'Donnells and the Angerts have generations-long feud that rivals that of the Hatfields and McCoys and A Million Junes is basically the unraveling of that tale, of how the feud started and how it will end. There is banter. There are flashbacks. And there is magic. And it all culminates into a gl ...more
Grace A.
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Growing up, June was given two rules, as easy as that sounds, she managed to break them despite trying very hard to keep them.
June was a fourth-generation O'Donnell. Their strip of land in Michigan sat on a magical land, an entrance into an other-worldly place.
One of her family's rules was to avoid the Angerts, and if you guessed that she could not keep that rule, you would be right. The rules, a generational curse, and even grief could not keep these two love birds apart.
It was an enjoyable re
Tara ☽
4 Stars

The synopsis of this book tricks you into thinking it is a love story.

I suppose that descriptor isn’t wholly inaccurate - there is a romance, after all, but it’s only one element of this very heartfelt and emotional book. I would say it is less a love story, and more just a story about love. Love in all its different shapes and sizes: love that takes the form of grief, love of friends and family, and the true love of another soul that not everybody finds in life.

Magical realism has always
My Thoughts:
THIS. WAS. AMAZING. period, done. What more can I say? okay fine. seriously though, I’m gonna own this book.

This is a story of multiple complex relationships with magical realism. This story is compared with Romeo and Juliet which it had that vibe but it is NOT romeo and Juliet, I promise. The story unfolds in multiple timelines while maintaining a consistent current timeline. It’s so different than other books I’ve read like it! With each of the timelines, the time period can be pre
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Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation, and Beach Read, as well as the forthcoming Happy Place. She lives and writes in Cincinnati and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.

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