Saving June, by Hannah Harrington
Reviewed by Isabella, age 15, New Jersey
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Saving June's execution is as lovely as the premise sounds, every word on every page brimming with honest, gritty emotion. Hannah Harrington weaves a story of grief, love, and longing set to a backdrop of a road trip across America, the melancholy sweetness of the narrative strong enough to affect even the most stolid reader. From Harper's quest to deliver her sister to where she's always wanted to go to the budding emotions concerning Jake's secret, this book promises to pull tears.
Although the writing was exceptional, there were some plot devices that felt far too contrived. Everything fit together a little too perfectly and coincidentally to be truly satisfying, and the plot's smoothness was perhaps its largest flaw. Some of these events were rather cliché and a bit too overused to be anything but stale, and the novel could have benefited from a more original take on the road trip romance in this regard.
From a talented author comes a remarkable debut book with a sweet, moving plot and a cast of characters sure to warm the grizzliest of hearts. The storyline bordered on contrived at points and was not wholly original, but it was executed well with emotionally stirring writing. This is a novel for anyone who enjoys young adult contemporary fiction with grieving and road trips. I give Saving June 4 of 5 stars.