Following her parents’ divorce and sister, June’s, suicide, Harper finds herself lost in an emotional storm of anger, betrayal, and confusion. June was the “perfect” daughter and student – no one can understand why she would take her own life, least of all Harper. Accompanied by her best friend, Laney, and mysterious semi-delinquent, Jake, Harper flees her catatonic mother and absent father in a quest to spread June’s ashes in the one place June believed she’d find happiness: California
This one is extremely sad, but deals with many important issues that aren’t always talked about. It’s hard to deal with losing someone close to you, especially to suicide, and this book does a great job of capturing that struggle. The characters are funny and believable, and Harper is an excellent narrator. It thought it was easy to relate to her feelings of not being good enough, and, even after June’s death, she still feels like her parents are comparing them. Harper’s best friend, Laney, is hilarious and the perfect road trip companion, and Jake is equally as entertaining. There’s even a twist at the end — you won’t want to put this one down!
Also, the music mentioned in the book is awesome! The soundtracks are listed at the end, so be sure to check out the songs.
*VOYA’s Perfect Tens List, 2011
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