SAVING JUNE/Hannah Harrington

Saving June

Most reviews I’ve read say that Saving June is a somewhat sob story so I had hesitations before reading it. Not that I don’t like sob stories, in fact, one of my fave reads for 2012 is The Fault In Our Stars, which literally had me sobbing in the wee hours of the morning. Only that I want to be in the mood for a sob-fest if ever Saving June is really that. So I have to wait for a little while before I decided to bump it off my TBR and read it.

For a softie like me, Saving June really calls for some tears. It’s about Harper Scott, 16-years old, whose sister June dies of suicide before her high school graduation. Harper, of course, was devastated and she’s got a lot of questions why June, who is the perfect daughter and model student, killed herself.

I can feel Harper’s pain in the story. Any death, especially that of a close family member, is certainly devastating. And I can understand Harper’s questions. Suicide is a definitely uncertain subject and only the dead can fully explain why he or she decides to commit it. How do we really comfort the grieving? I know that there is no perfect formula for that and somehow I understand Harper’s anger towards her well-meaning, religious aunt.

Saving June is a story about living, and loving, and a journey towards self-discovery. The plot and the character development are not that new to me, though, which is why I am not that too affected with Harper’s realizations. I can relater with her but sometimes her angst annoys me. Ah, but maybe I have just outgrown my own angsty, immature-ish, tendencies.

At least the love story isn’t that forced. It is carefully weaved into the plot. Jake Tolan is portrayed as a rebellious, bad guy, but with an air of mystery. If I were a little younger, I might have swooned over his angst and dark side, be the girl to ease his anger away, be the lady love of his life, but sadly, one’s preferences does change as one gets a little older.

And oh, a confession. Rock songs play a vital part in the story, but most of them I really can’t relate with. Most I heard for the first time. See? Jake Tolan and I don’t have anything in common, haha!

Saving June is a sob story, yes. But it did not just affect me as much as The Fault In Our Stars did. It’s a pretty good story and I would recommend it to teenagers who need a little nudge about just how it is to really live.  Only that I just felt that maybe I am a little too old for it now.

3/5 stars.

My copy: ebook from

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