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The unexpected death of a teenager is tragic. You think they have their whole lives ahead of them. A bright future. Then the unexplainable happens. When the teen is someone you know and they take their own life you question why? Especially if they’re a family member that you thought had everything. Where did her life go wrong? Why didn’t you see the signs? Questions. Questions. Few or no answers.
Author Hannah Harrington’s novel, Saving June, deals with suicide and it’s effect on the surviving family. Nine days before high school graduation, June ends her life. Her younger sister, Harper, finds the body. Guilt consumes Harper, since the last time she talked to June, they argued. When Harper discovers a postcard of a beach that has “California, I’m coming home,” scribbled on it in June’s handwriting, she thinks, or hopes, the answer to her sister’s unhappiness lies in California. A strange boy who is at the house after June’s funeral and who acts angry about something, though Harper doesn’t even know him, prompts Harper to find out who the boy is and what his relationship was to her sister. Soon, Harper, her best friend Laney, and the boy, who’s name is Jake, are soon on their way to California in hopes they’ll find a clue to June’s message on the postcard. Will Harper find peace and not blame herself for her sister’s death? Will the love/hate relationship she develops with Jake change to something more substantial? And how does the letter Jake gives her, from June, help her come to an understanding of her sister’s life? Again, many questions, but I think you’ll enjoy discovering the answers along with Harper.
Ms. Harrington has written a novel that should make young readers more aware that sometimes friends and/or family members are not always what they seem to be on the outside. Inside, they may have doubts and worries and problems they do not share with others. Saving June is a story that will touch your heart and make you want to hug those you love and tell them how much you care for them, before it’s too late. There are no second chances. So pick up a copy today. You’ll be glad you did.