~Little thoughts on a bundle of books Ive read~
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
May 1, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Paperback, 336 Pages
Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California. Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.
That synopsis basically sums up Saving June in a nutshell. A messed up gal who travels to California with her best friend and guy interest to scatter her dead sisters ashes over the ocean. During the trip Harper tries to figure out why her sister committed suicide and with the help of music, love and healthy grieving, she can finally move on.
I loved this story on a lot of levels...first off the music in the story was a character itself. I loved the theme that music played from Jake's connections to songs from 70's classic music to today and that each song represented emotion or healing or what have you. The music gave the book its ups and downs and centered the story into a very hip, groovy, sad or punk rock atmosphere. I loved Harper's voice in the story and how I saw her from angry teen, confused teen, emotional teen....to adjusting and growing teen, she was a very endearing character who wormed her way into my heart.
Despite a few things that rubbed me the wrong way like the homophobic hating Christian that holds God hates F signs or the overbearing religious relative that force feeds Jesus saves (seriously authors get some new material on your modern day Christians) and the rather meaningless reasons for overachiever, perfect June's suicide....I really wound up loving the book. All together, Saving June was a moving coming of age road trip, high on music and first time romance.
Recommended to mature teens (16-Up) and contains: Strong language, sexuality-including teen sex, teen drinking, suicide, dealing with grief and depression.
Thanks to Harlequin for review copy
The Glass Case by Kristin Hannah
Freebie for Nook
Kristin Hannah is one of my top five authors, so obviously I read her books like candy. This is a short e-novella available for free on Kindle or Nook and tells the tale of a young mom who married her highschool sweetheart due to becoming pregnant. While dreams die young and aspirations get carried away with the wind, April and Ryan marry have more children and love each other more today than yesterday. April deals with the loss of her mother and the struggle of thinking shes not enough, that somehow she missed out on the big career, the big life she was suppose to have and the life Ryan was suppose to have.....but an incident revolving around her youngest son stops everything.....and April will finally see what she really has...........
Even though this was short and sweet, its classic Hannah- it brings an entire range of emotion and surprises you with its depth for an ordinary story. I can see the entire marriage, family and dynamics all played out, its my story, the next door neighbors story, the couples of reality....their story. I loved it!
4/5- Novella- Contemporary
Free on Nook