Saving June - Hannah Harrington ***FAVORITE YA OF 2011***

My heart hurts. So, so badly.

5 Beautiful Things About Saving June:

1. Harper. She is so real. She has a lot of spunk and I have immense respect for her and the way she dealt with June's death and all the other issues in her life. While reading this book, I came to love Harper like I would a best friend. She's an amazing, down-to-earth, and strong heroine. She doesn't whine or complain and isn't reduced to a pile of girly goo when falling in love. Basically, she's mature.

2. Jake. Like Harper, Jake is a very well-developed character with a constant air of mystery. He could be a real jerk at times, but it's completely understandable given the life he's led. I love his passion for music and his belief that all of life's problems can be solved by listening to a good song.

3. Laney. What an amazing best friend! Her loyalty and support for Harper define her character, and I loved reading about the love and understanding between the two friends.

4. Jake and Harper. Could these two be more cute? I think not. They're simply adorable together, constantly bickering and getting on each others' nerves to try to hide the attraction between themselves. I loved watching them fall in love. They're absolutely perfect for each other!


5. The writing. I came this close to crying, and I haven't done that at all since I read Thirteen Reasons Why, around 3 years ago. If that's not an indication of powerful and beautiful writing, I don't know what is.

Favorite Quotes:

I want to stop running away from everything.
I want to find something to run toward.

And she told me when I was suspended in the air for just a moment, I looked like a bird flying out of its cage.
Maybe that was what she wanted all along. To be set free.

There is so much beauty in just existing. In being alive.
I don’t want to miss a second.

Life goes on, I’m going on, even without her. Not every day hurts. Not every breath hurts.
Maybe that’s all we can really ask for.

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