Title: A Million Junes
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Romance
Publication date: May 16th, 2017
For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.
Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may 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.
As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now 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 the O’Donnells before her—to let go.
"When you've been as lost as I have," he once said, "you get good at finding your way home, June-bug."
I'm so mad at myself right now because IT TOOK ME SO FREAKING MUCH TO PICK UP THIS BOOK AND IT WAS UTTERLY AND ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I don't have words to describe how much I adored it and broke my heart into pieces. It was so beautifully done and everything was so whimsical and eery that I couldn't help but fall in love as well.
I've been meaning to pick a book by Emily Henry for a while. No joke, I own both of her novels but somehow I never did. Until now. And I'm so glad I did it because I need MORE. I don't know why but I really enjoy magical realism. All the books I've read of that genre, loved them. But somehow you just need to be in the mood for that, you know what I mean? Usually when I pick up a magical realism novel is because I'm in the mood for them. BUT I DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS PLACED IN THAT CATEGORY, I'M SO DUMB. Okay, blame me for forgetting the synopsis a couple of days after reading them.
"Grief is an unfillable hole in your body. It should be weightless, but it's heavy. It should be cold, but it burns. Should, over time, close up, but instead it deepens."
As I said before, magical realism makes everything better and more magical, in my opinion. And it definitely did that to this story. It was so intricate and it showed both family roots in a very different way that I was completely hooked. It kind of reminded me of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender in some kind of way, even though both stories have nothing in common but the way the explored family relationships, but tell that to my brain.
I love both main characters, but June specially. She's a very strong and witty teenager. She also loves to write, so that's something I immediatly connected with and loved seeing portrayed in a novel. Throughout the whole story she was trying to discover the curse both her family and the Angerts had and why it happened.
Now let me tell you I don't like Romeo and Juliet so I was a bit aprehensive when I started reading the book and seeing the similarities between both stories, BUT I loved that love story, and thank god it had nothing in common with Shakespeare's. Even though the romance was so cute, I feel the novel focused more in family relationships and how each of the characters dealt with grief, and basically what grief could cause. I really don't want to get more in depth because I feel with these types of stories it's better if you go knowing as less as possible.
"For the first time, I'm starting to really know him. To understand who he was, the good and the bad. And I guess I'm just realizing that hurting someone doesn't mean you don't love them, and being at someone doesn't mean you stop loving them."
The writing was so beautiful as well. I don't usually pay attention to the writing; most of the times I just focus on the characters and the story itself but I couldn't help but think that it matched so well the story and added a little bit of something extra to it.
The story alternated between past and present, which if you've been lately reading my reviews you may know I LOVE. It's set in the present but both main characters started to get to know their families and their situation thanks to the whites.
The ending was so unexpected, let me add. I sobbed like a little girl, it was super emotional, sad and beautiful at the same time. And I KNOW, I KNOW I'm a cry baby and I basically cry with every book I read (I have so many emotions, guys) but this one made me SOB. I totally recommend this book, because it's so worth it and deserves more recognition!
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