Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.
When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California.
Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.
Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.
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This story does have its sad parts and its happy parts mixed in so this story, for me, was a bit of a roller coaster of emotion.
For me, this story was very much about journeys, the journey of self-discovery (Harper discovering more about her own personality and situation), the journey of friendships (between Harper and her friend, Laney, when Laney decides to come with Harper on her journey to California), the journey of families (mainly between Harper and her mother both before she leaves for California and when she gets back), the obvious journey to California where they are headed to give Harper's sister, June, her final resting place and also the journey of love. Such a beautiful story....
My Review: 9 out of 10