I received this book for free from Penguin Random House, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Published by Penguin on May 16th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, General, Social Themes, Death & Dying, Fantasy
Source: Penguin Random House, Publisher
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In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.
Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.
But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.
Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.
i’ve read many many amazing books these past few months, but never one that made me want to start reviewing again. but A Million Junes makes me want to share something; it makes me want to feel something deeper and actually talk about it. simply put, A Million Junes is so incredibly special.
in all honesty, i don’t think this is everyone’s cup of tea. the concept is a little strange because it’s not quite contemporary but also not quite anything else (which is really similar to Emily Henry’s debut novel, The Love That Split the World). if you keep an open mind and overcome that… weirdness, you’ll come to appreciate everything else this book has to offer – and even love the so-called weirdness along the way.
one of my favorite aspects of this novel is the writing. this writing(!!!) made me want to cry because it’s too beautiful – in a way that combines poetry with casualness, and metaphors with everyday thoughts. Emily Henry took big ideas (like grief, love, and the ~future~) and made them small, but also kept them big (or important). (am i even making SENSE?) also, the writing itself can bring me to tears. there were SO many times i had to stop and underline/highlight a passage because it really made me think or feel something larger than myself.
another thing i loved was the characters and relationships. there were some people (or ghosts) i felt existed solely to guide the main character. (and one DID only exist to guide the MC – literally and figuratively) it reminded me that it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to allow others to guide you. also, i just want to mention that the friendship is seriously #GOALS and it makes me feel :’’’).
the plot was wonderfully balanced between the BIG BAD conflict our characters are facing and something lighthearted. although there’s a “forbidden romance” and that screams CLICHÉ, A Million Junes was nothing typical. i felt like the pacing towards the end got slow but it picked up really well and don’t have much to complain about.
anyway, i just wanted to say i’m feeling a lot of emotions and contemplating a lot of ideas and I LOVE THIS BOOK. it holds a real and dear place in my heart with all its metaphors, ideas, and emotions bursting at the seams.
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