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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is:

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult

When model student June Scott kills herself on the brink of high school graduation, no one is more shocked than her sixteen-year-old sister Harper. Things go from bad to worse after her nosy evangelical aunt moves in to take care of her mom, and when her estranged parents decide to split June’s ashes between them, it’s the last straw. Harper knows she has to take serious action— action that takes form in plotting with her best friend to spread the ashes in the one place June always wanted to live: the California coast.

Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a classic rock obsession, a bad attitude, and nothing in common with straight-laced June. But after he crashes June’s wake, Harper is sure he knows more about her sister than he’s letting on. Her suspicions only deepen when he discovers the plan to steal the urn and decides he wants in, for reasons he’s none too forthcoming to explain.

Of course, once they’re on the road, things don’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped. First there’s a brush with the law during an anti-war protest gone bad. And if it’s not trying to avoid arrest, it’s dealing with angry threats from parents, public brawls in underground punk clubs, and more accidental detours than Harper can count.

Complicating things even more is her growing attraction to Jake; she’s drawn to his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor, and his unwavering faith in the idea that music can see you through anything. It might be exactly what she needs.

What Harper doesn’t know is that he has a secret with the power to turn her life upside-down— again.

Wow, that’s a long summary but my interest in this book has piqued, I want to know what the secret Jake has that could turn June’s life upside down. I know it sounds like Saving June could turn into a very predictable book, you know quiet shy girl falls for the bad boy, but I do like the whole dealing with grief aspect of the novel so hopefully Saving June won’t be too predictable and contrived, as it’s my WOW pick I’m confident I won’t be disappointed. I’m pretty sure I’ve mention this before but what the heck I’ll mention it again I’ve got this love of books dealing with death and grief, I don’t know what it is I just love reading about how characters deal with their grief, there are so many ways in which it can be expressed and it never fails to astound me how authors can talk about it so eloquently whilst also keeping it very real. Saving June is also a Contemps Challenge book, so get ready to read this all you challenge readers!

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