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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Harper's voice rings true, and readers looking for a mildly steamy romance (with more than a splash of alcohol, smoking and sex) won't be disappointed..." – Kirkus Book Reviews

Harper Scott's older sister, June, commits suicide two weeks shy of her high school graduation. So Harper, at sixteen, defiantly finds herself an only child while mourning her sister's death and is not kind to her divorced and grief-stricken parents. To make matters worse, Harper is the one who finds her deceased sister. But a huge unanswered question for Harper is why? June does not even leave behind a goodbye note. Meanwhile, Tyler hangs around during the wake at Harper's house. Harper ponders his connection to her late sister and investigates clues regarding June's unfulfilled dreams. This takes her on a road trip to California with her best friend, Laney, and Tyler to scatter her sister's ashes into the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, they encounter adventure among their far-flung friends and acquaintances. Just when you discover Tyler's connection to Harper's sister, the climax takes the reader on a gigantic twist. This is a work of realistic fiction. The author portrays the life of wayward teens who seek independence. Although the language may be a bit salty, it is realistic. The story also includes the theme of budding romance, with some sexual expression. SAVING JUNE should become a movie some day – it even includes a soundtrack. -- VOYA

About the Author

Hannah Harrington resides in Michigan with one dog and too many cats. When she isn’t busy writing like a crazy person, she enjoys arguing about politics, watching documentaries, playing guitar (very badly), and speaking about herself in the third person. You can find her online at, and on Twitter @hharrington_.

Customer Reviews

I loved the writing, characters, story, all of it!
I had a hard time connecting with Harper at some instances, but overall I still really did like her character and the strength she held throughout the book.
With her best friend Laney's support and the willingness of June's friend Jake, Harper sets out to make June's dream of seeing California a reality.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The First 50 Pages: The first 50 pages were not terribly exciting for me. I came to know the characters, have basic understanding of who they are, what they were about, and see the initial circumstances of the plotline. Overall, the first 50 helped to set the stage perfectly. As a reader, I knew what was going down and what was about to happen. To often nowadays books leave no solid base for the story at the beginning of the book. Saving June manages to set the groundwork early on and does it well.

I can't say it was too exciting for me though. As it did set the stage perfectly, I found myself bored. The only interesting bit was this mysterious boy. I was more inclined to keep reading to find out who he was than I was about the main character's journey.

My Review: Saving June is one of those books that come around every so often that you end up devouring like a rabid chipmunk. Sure, at first the book bored me. But as it progressed, the story seemed to reflect so much of my life as a teenager. It made Saving June more fun and personal for me. I didn't deal with the whole death and delivery thing, but the random road trips and unforeseen romances and fun was all part of my life.

I want to touch on the two primary characters. There is a third. But I want to leave something for the story. The third is kind of mysterious. He would be that mysterious stranger I mentioned above. I'll leave him for the story.

The main character is Harper. She is my kind of girl. She is sassy, she speaks her mind, she knows what she wants. Harper is also a little insecure. She is who she is because of her sister, who also happened to commit suicide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By O. Lisa on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
In the past year, at least for me, all the rage in YA contemporary fiction can be condensed in one word: Australia. Marchetta, Buzo, Cath Crawley, Eagar were definitely my favorite reads this year.

Hannah Harrington is the exception that proves the rule. This lady is American and what is more, Saving June is her debut novel.

Harper's life is in pieces. Her sister June unexplainably committed suicide a few weeks before graduating and her family is, quite understandably, a wreck. There's no rhyme nor reason to what June did and while Harper's mother is having a breakdown and her father blissfully ignores them, too busy with his own new life, Harper is the one left to pick up the pieces and try to cope with her terrible, profound grief. The only person that supports her 100% is her best friend Laney. When a mysterious and unbearably annoying guy appears at June's funeral wake, things start to unravel in an unexpected way: with Jake's help, the two girls embark on a road trip through America, on a symbolical mission to June's final salvation, which eventually will turn into an experience that will change each and every one of them to their very core.

As for everyone else, some books strike me more than others. Sometimes it's even without a concrete or logical reason, I just get involved in the plot more. And then, sometimes, rarely, there are books that fit me like a glove. I become so engrossed in the story and identify so much with the characters that I realize that I would have uttered the same words in the same situations.
It happened with me and Harper.
Harper is not what you would call a really likable character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cinnamon on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I feel really tired.

But it's a good kind of tired. Like after you run a marathon. Or after you finally finish taking all your finals. You're exhausted but content and your heart is just a teensy bit heavy.

"Saving June" details Harper's life after her older sister June commits suicide. Unable to bear it all anymore -- the hurt, her mother's tears, the unfamiliar pats on the back by random strangers -- Harper escapes to California with her best friend Laney, her sister's apparent acquaintance Jake, and June's urn. California was June's dream, and fulfilling it for her seems like the only way Harper can come to terms with what happened. But a place is just a place. Mostly. And the journey there is only a road trip. Sort of.

Man, I cannot stop myself from pausing every once in a while, picking up "Saving June" again, and re-reading some of the standout passages. I'll probably be willing to shout the title of this book from the rooftops, and it's coming out in paperback. Seriously? "Saving June" deserves a hardcover edition and a few weeks in a comfy spot on the NYT Best Sellers List.

Why all the enthusiasm? Our protagonist Harper has backbone and doesn't take crap from anyone. Puke on her, and she'll puke on you. Jake is a sweetheart with a music obsession and a spiny exterior. Laney is fun and flirty and fiery and I'm running out of adjectives that start with "f" to describe her. This is what all fictional characters should strive to become. They should have a life and a heart and a soul and a personality. Physical attraction isn't a bad trait, either.

Really, this book was about healing and maturity and dealing with death. I feel like reading it has made me a different person (that's what all great novels should do, in my opinion).
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