A Million Junes by Emily Henry

A Million Junes

Emily Henry

A Million Junes combines folklore and magical realism traditions to deliver a modern story that's as page-turning as it is unique.

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"A beautiful, lyrical, and achingly brilliant story about love, grief, and family. Henry's writing will leave you breathless." —BuzzFeed


Romeo and Juliet
 meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. 

 
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.


Advance Galley Reviews

This is the first book I’ve read by Emily Henry, but will definitely not be my last. I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book in part to the character’s senses of humor. The main character (JUNE) was absolutely hilarious and quick witted. Each character had a great humorous relationship with June and I enjoyed that very much. I almost got a Romeo & Juliet vibe with the two main families feuding. I found the storyline in this book extremely unique. The only part that was predictable was the love storyline, which I found very annoying at times. I thought the flashbacks/visions added so much more to the story than I thought they would. I also loved the way they were introduced. Overall I really enjoyed this book, with it’s amazing characters, and unique story line. I would recommend this if you are looking for something different.

I enjoyed this book. Thank you, First to Read.

I thought I would like this book since I grew up in Michigan and usually hunt down books set there, but I couldn't get past the first fifty pages. Maybe it just felt like another reworking of Romeo and Juliet without enough to distinguish it? It failed to interest me enough to continue.

I very well done story which I enjoyed quite a lot!

I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. This book sucked me in (and I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but when I started reading this book, I wanted to completely ignore my reading responsibilities like proofreading just to read this book. I wanted to ignore books I was being paid to read in order to read this book. I didn't do it, but I wanted to so bad.) So in the beginning, it seems like this is just going to be a story about a simple family feud in a small town. Sure, there are some weird things that happen around June's house, but kids and teenagers can have overactive imaginations and exaggerate stuff. But it turns out this was not coming from June's imagination. There were several layers to this story. There was the mystery about why the O'Donnell's and the Angerts don't like each other. Then there was the budding romance between June and Saul even though they were never supposed to be anywhere near each other. Okay, so there are really two layers to this story, because these two things really seem to influence everything else, but it felt like there were more layers. I couldn't help rooting for June and Saul to triumph in their goals while also worrying that spending so much time together was just going to end up hurting both of them because I absolutely bought into the small town folklore, it was compelling. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of YA paranormal. It will tug your heartstrings and keep you turning the pages until the end. 5 stars.

First of all, stunning cover. My first impression was that the main characters were both super likable which is always nice. I also rejoiced to find a main character who loved both her biological father as well as her step-dad. I’d been searching for such a book and I absolutely loved the relationships that June had with both her father and her step-father. The plot itself was a little abstract and I did find myself confused a time or two, but I was still okay with it. The magical realism aspect of the book was so well done and definitely gave the entire story a dreamy quality. In my opinion, this book was a definite step up from Henry’s last book. I also thought this book was a really great look at grief and grieving in general.

Another beautiful story from Emily Henry that gave me tears of joy!

Darkly magical with a beautiful love story, heartbreaking memories, and a thoughtful look the way families mold and change us as we grow. I could not put this book down.

I actually finished this book a few days ago and I wanted to give myself time to absorb the book and figure out how to put my feelings into logical words. I still can't! This book is just so good and as soon as I started, I couldn't put it down, no matter how hard I tried! Reading this book is like having a spell cast on you and you don't even mind. It was amazing and magical and wonderful and there's no way this review will do it justice, but I highly recommend this book to literally everyone.

I just finished reading A Million Junes and I’m having trouble putting into words just how beautiful and magical it was and how much I loved it. When I started reading A Million Junes, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The story, told through the eyes of June, pulled me in right away. June is a likable character who struggles to keep the memory of her father alive while learning that he may not have been the man she thought he was. Ms. Henry invokes a wonderful use of time travel through magic that allowed June (and the reader) to get glimpses into her past and learn the truth about the O’Donnell family saga and feud with the Angert’s. The story was never forced, but flowed effortlessly between past and present. I found I didn’t want to put the book down, even when I finished it. Ms. Henry had me laughing and loving throughout, and even crying by the time I reached the end. It’s a love story. It’s a father-daughter story. It’s a story about magic. It’s a story about learning who you really are, and not what everyone expects you to be. And it’s beautiful.

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A Million Junes is a beautiful story. It is paranormal, full of ghost and spirits but at the same time it felt a lot like magical realism. You've got two basically star crossed lovers, June and Saul. Forbidden even to speak to each other because of a curse that has been plaguing their families for decades. Of course, teenagers never listen, and when something is forbidden, it's suddenly more curious. June and Saul are drawn to one another, though they know they shouldn't be. The more time they spend with each other, the clearer it becomes that this curse must be broken. Their relationship blossoms slowly and sweetly. This book also goes deep into loss and death. When you lose someone you love, are they really gone forever? Or do their memories live on forever? A Million Junes was sweet, heartbreaking, and hopeful. 3.5 stars

I loved this book. June's character is snarky and sweet, fearless and flawed. Her voice is a joy to read from. The world building is magical! The people that fill out June's world are rich and I would gladly accept them into my life. The story is amazing. Unique and poignant. It's a sentimental fairy tale mashed into every day small town life, a massive metaphor for the changes we experience in life and the things we hold on to. There's so much emotional and thematic meat on these bones that I can't possibly begin to pick through it all at once. If you like coming of age stories and fairy tales please read this book. I'll be thinking about it for a long time.

A Million Junes has a million heartbeats. Both eerie and beautiful, I love the way that Emily Henry mixes contemporary with magical realism and a bit of paranormal. This book was so... so... everything. While it is inspired by Romeo & Juliet, as well as One Hundred Years of Solitude, I feel it stands well on it's own without having to read the inspiration materials (though, understandably, it is enhanced by knowing them!) It is not a full re-telling of either, so use the endorsement of those texts lightly. Blood feuding families, Michigan, and mythology all come together to craft the story of June and Saul. June and Saul--who were born to hate each other. A thing I loved a lot about their relationship is that it is slow moving, building and building until it can be something real and romantic. And at the same time, the likability of relationships like June and her best friend Hannah are so important as well. They are achingly realistic. I think what really draws the whole story together, however, isn't even the relationships of the present characters... but the mystery of the origins of the feud. Henry's writing is like watching someone weave together pieces of a tapestry, the full picture isn't clear until the last threads are placed. It is especially true here where we do not even know the source of the deep burning hatred of these families at first, and why it is such an incredible risk for June and Saul to even try to know each other. If you enjoyed The Love that Split the World, you will no doubt be enthralled by A Million Junes. Henry's tone and storybuilding is a joy to read. Highly recommended for fans of contemporary / magical realism.

Oh. OH. This book was fresh and wonderful, especially after being disappointed by Flame in the Mist. Yes, there's magic. Yes, it's fantasy. But at it's heart, it's a book about family, love, and grief. The writing has such a beautiful, dream-like quality to it, and it does a masterful job with it's source material (Romeo and Juliet). I hope high school teachers pick this up as a companion piece to Shakespeare's play...it's just so fresh and well done. I loved, loved, loved this book!

A fantasy novel with a twist. I enjoyed this book and the impact that it had on June's family. The book had a number of elements that kept it interesting and she did many things to honor her father. I appreciated the opportunity to read this book.

This book was really interesting. I never really put it together that with the family feuds make up the basis of this is similar to a Romeo and Juliet feel except that it is set in a modern day world. I really liked this world. The author slowly turns the book from what I thought was a contemporary to a completely different book filled with paranormal, magical realism. I loved it! The characters are mysterious to say the least. We were given small snip-bits into their backstory which explodes in the end. This book was an enticing read full that had me engrossed until the end. I was a little confused when it came to the side characters. I'm not sure if it was from reading this book fast (which this story was a VERY quick read for me) or if it was from those characters having a back-and-forth, who-do-I-want mindset. Either way, it didn't distract too much from the story. I loved how the mystery behind the two families drives them together. Even the main characters are feeling like there isn't a need for the rival. There are a few typical YA aspects throughout the romance of the story. I could tell right away that something was going to happen, but it took the whole book to form up to the point, so it didn't ruin it for me (because I really can't stand insta-love stories). Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The story, the characters, and the plot really caught my interest within the first few chapters. I highly recommend this book if you are stuck in a reading slump because you will fly through it. The action in the last quarter of the book keeps you turning to the next page and the next.. It is a story about letting the past go and how death can affect those left behind. This was an awesome summer read! **This is posted on my blog Treestand Book Reviews on 5/16/17 at 10:30am CT**

I am such a sucker for Romeo and Juliet retellings. Theres something about the star-crossed forbidden love trope that I cannot get over. So when I saw a modern retelling with magical realism, I knew I had to read it right away. This story feels like a bit of a mix of Romeo and Juliet and Hatfields and McCoys. It feels like a mystery that you unravel layer by layer to figure out what happened between their two feuding families. I love this aspect because each piece of the puzzle is revealed through the magical realism. But the magical realism weaves itself into the story so seamlessly, that it makes it all very believable. The romance is entangled with the magical realism, and there are many parts that are downright cute and swoony. At first, it may seem like a story that is instalove, but I feel like this is a story where they already know so much about each other because of how much history is already between their families. The only complaint that I have about this book was that the romance started waning towards the end. I wanted more interaction between Saul and June. I think it would have made the last half of the book so much stronger. This has quickly become one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I cannot wait to see what Emily Henry has in store for us next. In the meantime, maybe I can finally get around to The Love that Split the World! *I received an ARC of this from Penguin First to Read in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my review*

4.5 stars I found this magical and fascinating. I really enjoyed reading it. I love the Romeo and Juliet aspect to it without the horrible ending. I love the concept of the story. I love how they had to figure out what happened in the past to cause the curse and how to correct it. I like how the ‘Whites’ helped them and where they come from. It helped paint a vivid picture to understand better. I really like the magic of where her house sits to O’ Dang, the coywolves, to the cherry tree. I love June’s funny sassiness. She always had something funny to comeback with. I thought she was adorable too....her name though....why would her parents name her that? I loved her friendship with Hannah. Their friendship was cute and a good one. I liked their greetings and her believing everything June told her. Saul was easy to like. He kinda had an easy going nature. I like that she bounded with Saul because of loss and their family curses. I love their banter together. I found them so endearing. Overall, I thought this was a really good book and I like it more than I the author’s previous book I read.

A Million Junes was a fantastic second novel for Emily Henry. I wasn't a huge fan of her debut, but this one completely blew me away. I fell in love with June and her family right away. I loved their portrayal of a blended family, and that although June missed her father, she still loved her mother, stepfather, and brothers as her family. June and Saul's banter was also really fun and added a lighthearted note to this emotional story. I loved the way that their relationship developed, and how they explored their pasts together. The flashbacks and the ancestor characters were a bit confusing to follow at times, but they helped to understand the characters. I liked how this book had supernatural elements but it also had normal high school issues as well, including June considering new possibilities for her future. Overall this book was an incredibly unique and heartwarming story about family, love, and loss, and I would highly recommend picking it up come release day.

A MILLION JUNES was one of my most anticipated 2017 releases, partly because I enjoyed Emily Henry's debut, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, and partly because I'm in love with that cover. Overall, I was pretty impressed, and I'm surely looking forward to Henry's next work. A MILLION JUNES revolves around Jack/June/Junior O'Donnell IV, and her struggles with falling in love with Saul Angert, very reminiscent of the forbidden romance in the previously mentioned Romeo and Juliet story, as well as her grief over her father's death. These plot points all point towards a greater, more profound tale over the long-lasting feud between the O'Donnells and Angerts from generations previously. I loved June; she was creative, imaginative, and had a support network that isn't usually seen in YA novels—a present family, a best friend, and Saul. The chemistry between June and Saul was tangible, and I loved their conversations—it gave me such raw and touching emotion that I loved. Throughout the novel, as the history between the O'Donnells and Angerts progress, June's character and ambition to unravel the curse behind the two families is incredibly prevalent. My favorite part of the novel was the end of the novel; the writing flows so magically and beautifully, and the eloquence of Henry's words is incredibly profound. My only reservation of this novel is that I originally assumed the incorporation of ghosts was a way for June to tackle her grief, but when it was revealed that the ghosts were actually real and significant in unravelling the history, I was way too confused about the plot to really latch on. Overall, A MILLION JUNES contains beautiful writing and a complex history of a plot. If you're into a forbidden romance, cursed families, and gorgeous covers, be sure to pick this one up!

This book surpassed my expectations! I loved The Love That Split the World but felt it was a bit confusing. This book had the same dreamlike quality to it and I did not feel confused. The story felt like it was unfolding just the way it needed to.

What an interesting story. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I started this. Quickly I became confused by all of the flashbacks and flashforwards and sparsely talked about magic. This felt more like Hatfields vs. McCoys instead of Romeo & Juliet. I wanted Saul & June to get together but kept getting frustrated when they would revert back to, "My parents would be furious. You know our families hate each other". Uh.. can't you make up your own minds? I liked the characters but wish there had been more Hannah. I really liked her. The introduction of all of the past characters did start to muck things up. I stopped trying to keep all of the various Jacks straight. The overall story left me a slightly confused and wanting. This didn't feel like a magical realism story but more like who had the better snarky comment. I felt the trying too hard wit and banter took away from what this story could have been.

Full review can also be found on my blog LairOfBooks: https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com... Rating: ????? (5 Stars) *HUGE thanks to Razorbill and Emily Henry for the ARC copy of A Million Junes. PLOT At first glance, A Million Junes is hands down a Romeo & Juliet re-telling in the country. However, at its core A Million Junes can also read as a open love letter from a father to his daughter. June O’Donell lives with her mom, stepdad, and half brothers in Five Fingers Michigan where the O’Donell’s are sort of famous in their own right. June’s dad who passed away, made sure June knew to stay away from the Angerts aka the other infamous family in Five Fingers. The bad blood has run for 3 generations however, no one can pinpoint the exact moment the feud started or the cause of it. Both the O’Donell’s & the Angerts believe they’ve been cursed so that whenever their paths cross (often they do) bad things happen. June’s dad may no longer be living but this doesn’t stop June’s mom from continuing to keep a healthy distance from the Angerts. This of course all changes when June goes to the fair with her best bestfriend Hannah & bumps into Saul Angert. Saul is a few years older than June & has just returned from a pricey artsy school for writers. No one really knows why he’s back in town other than that he is staying with his dad who was a former top bestselling author. Although Saul has heard all about the curse over both their families, he is a non-believer and crossing paths with June soon changes that. For June is a O’Donell through & through, she believes in the curse and in the magic thrumming in Five Fingers. She sees a spirit with a pink feathery aura & a fox who appears every so often in their backyard waiting for them to give it their shoes. To June, her dad was a hero and a wonderful story teller & she believed each and every last story no matter how outlandish they may have seemed at the time. The more June tries to avoid Saul, the more they are thrown together. The spirits in and around her home are trying to tell her something, they keep transporting her to others memories. Memories of her dad from his recollection when she was just a little girl. Each & every time the “Whites” (aka little puffs of white that can be seen on her windows) come to show her a new memory, June gets to know her dad a little more. Everything she thought she knew to be true may or may not be a fact. To June, these trips to the past through the “whites” offer her so much insight on her father, grandfather, and great grandfather but are they harmless? And can June let go of what she & every O’Donell before her has always believed in & follow her heart?… CHARACTERS Starting with Five Fingers, this town is its own character filled with spirits, ghosts, and forest animals that steal your shoes. I fell in love with this strange little town even though at times it did creep me out just a little bit. Everything from the famous O’Donnell Cherry tree to the haunted lake kept me hooked in Five Fingers. June herself is sarcastic and blunt, making her a fun character to follow. Her best friend Hannah is one of my new fave sidekicks! From their own made up way of greeting eacother to how she has June’s back no matter what, Hannah is an instant fave. This right here was A+ female friendship goals ???? Saul Angert aka the Romeo in this book, wasn’t THE BEST on the interesting meter but he scored some major brownie points towards the end. Now, last but not least is June’s dad. Although deceased, he is definitely a character all throughout this book. We get to know him and his love for June in a way perhaps that wouldn’t have been possible if were alive. He clearly had tons of love for June, enough for it to transcend beyond the veil of the living & dead. It was this relationship in particular that will stay with me for a lifetime. I myself lost my dad, a man who loved to tell stories just like June’s dad & I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked this book up…I’m glad I did though ;) these characters are endearing, strange, and filled with magic. WRITING & FINAL THOUGHTS I’m usually very weary when it comes to Magical Realism & A Million June’s was no exception. I love MR but it’s not always an easy experience to read & enjoy. This book is for those that may even be a little intimidated by Magical Realism. I found the writing style to be easy to digest which only heightened my level of enjoyment. This was a very atmospheric read that will ask you suspend all disbelief which I found myself doing immediately (leave it a Fantasy lover lol) once I entered the town of Five Fingers. I mentioned in the beginning that on the surface this is inspired by Rome & Juliet however, it was so much more than that. By the time I finished the last sentence I found myself in a puddle of tears at the realization that this story is more about a father’s love for his daughter. I’ve never read anything by Henry but now I am absolutely buying her last book The Love That Split The World if only to get a bit more of her unique writing style ;)

Going into this book I was really excited because the synopsis sounded really good. Unfortunately, this wasn't my cup of tea. I got halfway through before I DNF. I don't know if it was the writing of my mood. He I really wish I was able to enjoy this more.

Overall a magical book focused on innocent love between two teenagers separated by a family feud. The Romeo & Juliet influence is clear here and makes for a familiar story. Unfortunately the story seemed stretched a bit when the hatred between the two families was attributed to genetic memory. I enjoyed this book but this part of the story seemed unrealistic and unnecessary (even for fantasy). While I enjoyed this book, it did not end as satisfactorily as hoped and left a lot for the reader to guess at.

There was so much to love about this book. It was almost a magical experience reading this book. The story just kind of sprang to life for me and I was really swept away by the story. I couldn't get this story out of my head and if I had a moment free I was reading this book. This was a book that I quickly learned to expect the unexpected and just let the beauty of the storytelling take over. Simply put, this was an amazing book. Jack goes by many names. She answers to Jack, Junior, and June but her real identity is wrapped up in the fact that she is an O'Donnell. Her family has a long standing feud with the neighboring family named Angert. Jack doesn't have a whole lot of rules that she has always been told to follow but staying away from the Angerts is one of them. Saul Angert is back in town and it doesn't take him very long to cross paths with Jack. His family has also told him to stay away from the O'Donnells for his entire life. The problem is that they don't want to stay apart and are in fact drawn to each other. They start spending more and more time with each other and strange things begin to happen. The magical realism in this book was wonderfully crafted. There are ghosts and pieces of light that let you see the memories of those that came before. If you leave your shoes unattended, the coywolves will most likely steal them. Jack and Saul both get swept up in the memories of their ancestors and start to unravel the true reason for the long standing feud. I cannot say enough good things about the writing. This is a story that was beautifully told. I loved how easily the author was able to blend the magical elements into our contemporary world. The relationships in the book felt very authentic and I ended up loving all of the characters. I had no idea where this book would end up and to be honest I didn't care since I was having such a good time on the journey. I would highly recommend this book to others. I enjoyed Emily Henry's debut novel, The Love That Split the World, but loved this one even more. I can't wait to read Emily Henry's future works.

I am definitely going to recommend this one to all my friends! What a great novel. June, Hannah, and Saul are very entertaining characters who seem very realistic. I really loved the Romeo & Juliet-esque storyline. Loved this novel!!!

I received a copy from Penguin's First to Read. I used some of my points to secure my copy of this one. I have a weakness for Romeo & Juliet inspired stories, and that plus the promise of magical realism was what caught my eye about this title. A little apprehensive as I tried to read the author’s debut novel and didn’t get very far at all with it, but I fell head over heels in love with this book almost right away. (And now I will have to go back and read that debut novel again). It’s almost impossible to recap the plot because that would be extremely spoilery. The basic premise is Jack “June” O’Donnell has lived in a mysterious little town her whole life, she knows there is a feudal history between her family and their neighbors, the Angerts. Something that has been going on for years and years and years. There’s deep history all connected to the strange little magical wonders that surround June’s house and an infamous tree in her family’s yard. It all start to unravel when hanging out with her best friend Hannah one night, June’s neighbor, Saul Angert appears back in town after being gone for years. June knows that the last thing she should be doing is hanging out with an Angert. However, inevitably, June finds Saul knows one of her friends, and she finds herself hanging out with Saul more and more. The writing is delicious, it’s superb. The novel elicits an incredibly emotional response. It’s so amazingly written. It paints such a vivid picture and really made me feel engaged with the characters, and hooked on the story. The relationship between June and Saul is wonderful, beautifully built, it has ups and downs, trust, friendship and romance. Both face hidden truths about their past and the secrets which caused the falling out between their families all those many years ago. Also – bonus points for female friendship. June’s relationship with her best friend Hannah is everything you want in a BFF friendship. Trust, sticking up for each other, silliness, being there for each other, listening. It was just wonderful to see the dynamics between the two girls not overshadowed by boys or bitchiness. All with a delightful touch of magical realism floating through the novel. A brilliant story going easily from funny to cute to dramatic to romantic to gut-wrenching and back again. (The end made me cry). I absolutely loved everything about this book.

This was a beautifully written book about love, shared grief, family legacy and conditioned hatred. I haven’t read anything by Emily Henry before but after finishing A Million Junes I have added The Love That Split the World to my TBR. This was a magical Romeo and Juliette-esque story that had me occasionally double-checking to make sure I was not in fact reading a Maggie Stiefvater novel. I loved our two MCs Jack (June) O’Donnell and Saul Angert, I could read their bantering all day long. You know how I love a snarky sarcastic character and June was that character. The way she kept teasing Saul about his age just cracked me up. I loved the relationship between June and her best friend Hannah. I never really had a close girlfriend growing up so relationships like that fascinate me. I feel like this is how they should all be like. Hannah inadvertently helped June step way out of her comfort zone. Henry did a great job of developing these characters, especially June. The world building in this book was magical. It’s in a fictional town in Michigan where June lives in a home that generations of O’Donnells’s have lived in. Legend surrounds her home and the land she lives on. From magical healing cherries to coywolves that steal shoes (but ignore chickens) to memories just floating around in the air, the supernatural is just right there. I really enjoyed this book and really appreciate Penguin for providing me an ARC. If you’re a fan of Maggie Stiefvater or Holly Black I would recommend this, even if you haven’t read anything by those authors it would still suggest checking it out!

This has to be a great read I've dealt with in a long time! Maybe it has something to do with experiencing a death recently, but this story felt surreal. This is definitely a title I would both read over and over along with recommend to everyone! It's a must read for anyone wanting to read a modern day Romeo and Juliet??

By the end of this book, I was in full-on tears, barely able to see the pages. Going in, I hadn't expected much of the book. I have never been more happy to be entirely wrong about a book. A Million Junes was a beautiful, heartbreaking, magical story and I would highly recommend it. The author did a wonderful job of setting up the atmosphere of both the town and the O'Donnell house. I could see the places before me when reading. The feud between families allowed the author to explore the idea of memory, heritage, and love. The relationship between Saul and June did seem a little insta-love at first. However, the author emotionally deepened their relationship so much after that I didn't really mind. The magical realism aspect of this novel was done incredibly well, it made me truly believe that magic could be just around every corner. The author did a wonderful job exploring the emotions that come with the loss of those we love. I do wish that Hannah had been a little bit less of a cliche character. Her relationship with June was described in a trope-y way, presumably to be meta and acknowledge that their relationship is cliche. After we're introduced to her, Hannah gains a boyfriend and essentially disappears from June's life (which I personally am not a huge fan of). She convinces June to do dangerous and stupid things to advance her own relationship, which seemed incredibly selfish and not at all like the Hannah we met at the beginning of the book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. The plot was wonderful and beautiful, despite a few small flaws.

Jack (aka June) O'Donnell loves her father more than anything else in the world. Unfortunately, he's dead. The only thing that June can do to keep him alive is to hold on to his memories and follow his ultimate rule: stay away from the Angerts. This isn't hard for June until Saul Angert comes back to town. Sexy, talented, and having experienced a loss of his own, June is instantly attracted to Saul. Town legend says that when the Angerts and the O'Donnells cross paths bad things happen, but Saul and June can only see good things in each other. As they start to explore their shared family histories, they start to realize that some things are worth holding onto and some things can only be lived with by letting go. If I gave half stars, I would give this book a 3.5. This book is beautiful. The small town of Five Fingers is brought to life with grace and art. I instantly fell in love with the O'Donnell place, full of legends and cherries, with wolves that steal shoes right off your lawn but don't bother with the chickens. The setting is the crowning jewel of this novel. This book could be described as magical realism, but it doesn't feel like that. I would describe this book as spiritual in a non-religious sort of way. The story is sweet and classic. Who doesn't have the time to read another Romeo and Juliet inspired book? What's more, this grudge between the families makes sense. There is a history holding it in place and there are ghosts that keep it alive. It's easy to see how June and Saul inherited the hatred that their forefathers passed on. Linking memories, myths, and emotions this novel appeals to the parts of us that know how it feels like to want to hold onto something just because our ancestors have held onto it for so long. I wasn't, however, completely sold on the writing. It wasn't bad-- the author does a good job of establishing atmosphere and I find her writing very emotive. However, sometimes I found it redundant and a little cheesy. There are also some cliches that don't sit well with me, including describing the friendship between June and Hannah as cliché. I also didn't like how the first half of the story is very high-school-love-story and the second half is almost completely paranormal-love-story. It was a little bit disconcerting. Otherwise, this is a very good book. I love the imagery and the characters. The romance is sweet and positive with two characters that are very well developed. It would be worth it to add this book to your TBR pile.

I didn't really understand what the magical realism genre was until reading this book. Now I understand it completely and it makes perfect sense. I enjoyed the magical aspects of it while staying grounded in a present-day world. I liked Saul a lot. Like a lot a lot. I fancied his character. haha. This was a very enjoyable book with some really breathtaking scenes. I'm dying to get my hands on The Love That Split the World now!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I really liked this book! This was a new twist on Romeo & Juliet, throw in a lot of ghosts, some supernatural stuff, and you have this wonderful new book! The two families that hate each other have hated each other for generations. The latest two, however fall in love. Together they must unravel the mystery of why they see ghosts and their families hate each other so that they can be together. I had a really hard time putting this one down!

I did and didn't like it. More did than didn't so I probably shouldn't even mention it; but it was just a few minor details that left me wondering what the point was since they had nothing to do with the overall story. The overall story was great. It was a perfect blend of magical realism, romance and a bit of mystery. I loved the world it created and the descriptions that made me feel like I was there along side them. The romance was very sweet there was never not a moment where I wasn't thinking "You two NEED to be together!" Other than the world it created I also like where it took me mentally. It had me stopping every once in awhile to just think. It was a personal mind frame, but I guess everyone has thoughts about losing a love one in the overall sense. While I think I have my picky list of things towards the book that left me wanting a bit more, I did enjoy reading it very much and am sure a lot of people will love it.

I'll start with a disclaimer. I am a total grump when it comes to YA love stories and they have to be really quite good for me to actually enjoy them. Otherwise I'll just flip through the pages grumbling and ignoring the plot. A Million Junes surprised me. There were a few grumble moments, but really only a few. I was drawn into the story from the first page, curious about the ghost lingering on June's property and the shadow of a family feud. The novel had a folksy enchantment to it, a simmering sort of narrative that blurs the lines between the world we live in and one that could be. I loved the details of the book- the coywolves, the O'Dang!, the feel of passing through Feathers, and the translucent will-o'-the-wisp Whites. The dialogue was especially smart and believable. I especially enjoyed the sarcastic banter between June and Saul, as well as the friendship that was developed between June and Hannah. While some characters could have been developed a bit more, most were intriguing and well-formed. All in all, this book is definitely worth a read.

This is the first book I've read by Emily Henry, but it certainly won't be the last. It's charming and magical, with a cast of characters you won't soon forget. She manages to combine themes of love, life after death, ghosts, coming of age, magic and curses into a beautiful mix that made it nearly impossible for me to put down. In addition, her writing style is descriptive and lyrical which just added to the pure pleasure of reading this novel. I honestly cannot recommend A Million Junes enough to teens and adults. It's a lovely escape from the stresses of real life.

Emily Henry did an amazing job developine the characters, and sething the scene for this story. It was kind of predictable, but I think it needed to be to some degree as it is Romeo and Juliet-esque. I'm definitely looking forward to more from this author.

Engaging and beautiful from start to finish. Like Henry's debut, the story was unique, fresh, realistic, and amazing. I loved June and her voice--her narration was part of the reason I really found myself enjoying this book. The relationships in this novel were also amazing and I applaud Henry for being able to write such authentic and genuine friendships and familial relationships. The other part of this book, the magic... it was new. It was a bit confusing, trying to grasp everything, but it truly unique in a way Henry has proved once before with her debut. I liked it after some time. It definitely added some intrigue to the book! Overall, I really loved this follow-up novel by Emily Henry. I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us!

The writing in A Million Junes is fantastic. It perfectly catches the whimsical feeling of a dream and the quiet thoughts in a small town. The tales that June tells are larger than life, just as they should be. The characters were excellently crafted as well, each with clear desires, goals, and personality. I particularly appreciate the relationship between June and her best friend, which felt like such a genuine friendship. Overall the plot didn't quite hit the twists and turns that I was hoping (which is to say I kind of felt it coming), but with writing and characters this good it really didn't bother me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend others to do the same.

This book has so many strengths -- the refresh of Romeo and Juliet, the characters, the dialog, the friendship between June and Hannah, Emily Henry's lilting style, the ghosts, the cherries. One of my favorite characters was the town itself -- Five Fingers, Michigan. I am a new Emily Henry fan, and am looking forward to revisiting this novel in the audio version.

A Million Junes was a beautiful story that brought magic realism to Romeo and Juliet. I enjoyed seeing Five Fingers and the magic at the O'Donnell home with Jack "June" O'Donnell IV. It was very sweet to see Her budding relationship with Saul Angert from her families mortal enemies. I enjoyed their sarcastic banter and how much they were able to relate to each other because of they both experienced a great loss. I enjoyed the memories and how they allowed June and Saul the opportunity to work through their grief and see the truth of the family feud. Emily Henry did an excellent job exploring her relationship with her father, Jack III, and how that shaped her. I would have loved to see more development with other people, since I did feel like her friendship with Hannah and relationship with her family could have been explored more. I was really annoyed by the teacher, because I felt like she was highly inappropriate with her interactions with June. This was a very sweet book that made me want to check out her other book - The Love That Split the World.

I really wanted to like this book. Romeo & Juliet is, sure, a book about idiot children and has a terrible ending, but re-tellings have the potential to make things better and iron out the actions of kids who knew each other for a matter of days before committing suicide because of "love". I started reading the book somewhat because I thought that aspect would be interesting but also because I remember thinking The Love That Split the World, Emily Henry's previous book, was an interesting contribution to the magical realism genre. This, another foray into the same, could have been very good but it felt very disappointing and made me sad that I had wasted time on a story that had so much potential that went unfulfilled. June was a confusing character in regards to her relations with Saul. Obviously there was supposed to be the family animosity, but if we're going with the R&J set-up, then of course she's going to fall in love with him. Even taking that inevitability into account, I couldn't figure out why June thought Saul was cute or attractive or anything, really. In the beginning she had these strong emotional reactions to him, but there didn't seem to be a reason. Not a physical "he's super hot I feel attracted" or something similar; the initiation of their "relationship" felt very off and baseless. The secondary characters, Hannah and Nate, were equal parts okay friends and annoying. Nate was barely there and we didn't get a good feel for his friendship with Saul, though we do find out they are cousins, but that doesn't mean much because cousins can be anything from super close to complete strangers. Hannah, on the other hand, was set up to be June's number one best friend. If this were another kind of story, I think she would have been June's love interest and I did get that vibe sometimes. However, her actions were conflicting at times and it was those times that annoyed me beyond reason. Hannah has grown up with June and believes in ghosts. She believes in the stories of Five Fingers, their hometown, and all the magical things that go on there. However, toward the end of the book, she refuses to believe in June and Saul being forbidden from going to the Falls, a waterfall over a lake. June has told her how this has been a long standing rule, the rule in fact aside from never going near anyone from Saul's family, but Hannah chooses this to be the one thing she doesn't believe in. I couldn't comprehend how she could flip flop between believing in the supernatural and then disregarding the importance of following long held rules. There were also the multiple times throughout the novel when Hannah, colluding with Nate, tricked and forced June and Saul together. They would lie and send forwarded misleading text messages, that kind of thing. If Hannah were my friend pulling this, she'd be getting a stern talking to about how that kind of thing is NOT OKAY. Saul, the other half of the main love story, felt like he could have been quite interesting, but he felt really flat. I never connected with him or his story, which might have had something to do with the story being told from June's perspective. However, if this is being set up as a huge love story that is breaking the family tradition of hating each other's families, then I would think that it'd be quite important to learn more about and be able to feel Saul. We learned facts about him, but that's all they were: facts. This actually brings up a point I had about many of the characters: we got facts about them. I never felt like there was that spark that makes them come alive and feel like real people. I found myself not really caring what happened to them more than once throughout the book and that's a dangerous thing to happen when the book is mostly character driven. I think I would have preferred this book if it were about June finding out about Five Fingers and her family's past and no romance whatsoever because it never felt like a good love story. The traveling into the past through memories was much more interesting that whatever forced relationship was being written between June and Saul. There was one final thing that bothered me and felt really extraneous: the "conflict" between June and her creative writing teacher Ms. deGeest & then June, Saul, and Ms. deGeest (apparently a high school classmate of Saul's). Before we even find out that Saul and Ms. deGeest know each other, there are the interactions at June's creative writing classes. Whatever it is about June that is making her teacher bend over backwards and make all kinds of allowances based on minimal evidence, I wasn't seeing it. It didn't come through in the text, either through poor characterization or because we didn't get to read any of June's stories, only hear about tidbits. The whole future writing career that seemed to be offered as potential for June felt like it was shoehorned in for...what? Conflict? Word count? Whatever it was, it didn't feel necessary and even when it continued to be a thing, it never really got resolved. Then, after June and Saul begin researching the thin places (what is causing them to relive memories and journey to the past), they bump into Ms. deGeest at the library and it's revealed she was a high school friend/3 time hookup of Saul's. This felt like a soap opera plot device that never went anywhere and ultimately meant nothing. It falls under the same heading as the creative writing bit: conflict? Word count? I'm not really sure, but either way, unsatisfactory and taking up time that it didn't really need to. Ms. deGeest didn't strike me as the best teacher, either, because one of the things she said when talking to Jack was: "Junior, your work is too good to grade generously. An inflated mark and words of praise are not what you need." This quote bugged me because sounds like she is inflating the grades and being disingenuous with the other students. That's pretty bad behavior for a teacher if you're meant to be teaching them something. To sum up: I really wanted to like this novel because Emily Henry has the ability to write beautifully, but her story in this book felt like it got waylaid too many times by trying to be too many things at once. Her ideas of magical realism are interesting and have the potential to be really good, really classic adventures into the genre, but the execution of the ideas needs a lot of work on cohesion and the shedding of extraneous details before they can really explode into the awesome form I think they can become.

Last year, Emily Henry’s debut novel, The Love That Split the World, won me over. It was beautifully written, the story was intense and intriguing, and honestly that book still sits well in my heart. And you guys, Henry’s new novel, A Million Junes, is just as impeccable. The novel is a meshing of generational curses, smart and quick-witted dialogue, and eccentric magic. In A Million Junes, Emily Henry’s words are lyrical. She writes at such an elegant and wistful pace that I often forgot I was reading a book. Not only do her words melodically carry you through a world that merges reality and fantasy, but her writing transcends you into alternate worlds where memories exist by the seed of a dandelion. Henry’s storytelling took me on a collision course of in-between worlds that carry the reminisced emotions of comfort, laughter, heartache, and sorrow. A Million Junes is mesmerizing and thought-provoking and truly a gem to read. In reference to the main character, Jack “June” O’Donnell IV often wears her heart on her sleeve. Her sarcasm and wit have no filter, which carries well-needed humor in a story that is filled with grief and haunting despair. June’s attitude and opinions change as the story progresses, and I like that her growth is driven by both emotion and reason. And when this sassy, passionate teenager meets Saul, an enemy to her family, I love that June’s world is set into a whirlwind of challenges and transformation. The friendship that develops between June and Saul is beautifully weaved through white lies, snarky jokes, and good rapport. Their chemistry and fast-paced repartee are both heartwarming and hilarious. After their first encounter with one another, I wanted every page dedicated to their conversations. EVERY! SINGLE! PAGE! After reading A Million Junes, I hugged the book to my heart. I am 100% sure that this book will be one of those novels that I reread, because I will forever want that enchanting feeling back in my soul. I truly think A Million Junes will be my cure for future reading slumps. I love that this book exists and I love what it stands for. A Million Junes carefully situates two characters in a familial feud that darkens the pages with curses and haunting memories, but, in the end, it manifests that sorrow into experiences of forgiveness and moving forward.

There was so much to love about this book. It was almost a magical experience reading this book. The story just kind of sprang to life for me and I was really swept away by the story. I couldn't get this story out of my head and if I had a moment free I was reading this book. This was a book that I quickly learned to expect the unexpected and just let the beauty of the storytelling take over. Simply put, this was an amazing book. Jack goes by many names. She answers to Jack, Junior, and June but her real identity is wrapped up in the fact that she is an O'Donnell. Her family has a long standing feud with the neighboring family named Angert. Jack doesn't have a whole lot of rules that she has always been told to follow but staying away from the Angerts is one of them. Saul Angert is back in town and it doesn't take him very long to cross paths with Jack. His family has also told him to stay away from the O'Donnells for his entire life. The problem is that they don't want to stay apart and are in fact drawn to each other. They start spending more and more time with each other and strange things begin to happen. The magical realism in this book was wonderfully crafted. There are ghosts and pieces of light that let you see the memories of those that came before. If you leave your shoes unattended, the coywolves will most likely steal them. Jack and Saul both get swept up in the memories of their ancestors and start to unravel the true reason for the long standing feud. I cannot say enough good things about the writing. This is a story that was beautifully told. I loved how easily the author was able to blend the magical elements into our contemporary world. The relationships in the book felt very authentic and I ended up loving all of the characters. I had no idea where this book would end up and to be honest I didn't care since I was having such a good time on the journey. I would highly recommend this book to others. I enjoyed Emily Henry's debut novel, The Love That Split the World, but loved this one even more. I can't wait to read Emily Henry's future works. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - Razorbill via First to Read.

Unfortunately, this novel wasn't my cup of tea. I found the novel to be dull and it took too long to explain the "magical" elements of the story. However, with this being said, I know of quite a few young women who would enjoy the story. If I was rating this in stars, I would give it a 3 start rating. The book was well written and the characters were fleshed out but the overall plot drug along slowly.

I really enjoyed this book! It took me a little while to really get into it, but once I got past the first hesitations, I couldn't put it down. Now I wish I had read the first book, The Love That Split The World. When I started to read, I didn't realize there had been a previous book. However, I loved how Henry built the folklore of the small town of Five Fingers. I also appreciated that the problems that June and Saul were experiencing were generational and completely linked to the feud between their families. The characters were well written and believable and the story was fairly easy to follow once you realized that the characters were experiencing flashbacks from the past. All in all I enjoyed the book, even though it isn't one I would have normally picked up on my own. It was well-written and Henry created this believable world where hire characters could step in and out of the past using these floating fluff portals. I would recommend it to students that like a feuding family love story.

I usually don't enjoy books written in this style, but this one surprised me. I entered because I love Romeo & Juliet so much and any retelling or version is something I want to read. I feel that it was a great way to tell a much-loved story in a new way. I think the characters were really well developed and I cared about them very much and more importantly, I felt like they were real. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story with a magical twist and digging deep into loss and grief as well. This one will really pull at your heart in all the best ways.

If you are a fan of the original Romeo and Juliet story, this one will make you fall in love with it as it breaks everything within you. This book was so different from anything I have ever read and although it did loose me a little I still enjoyed it. I loved all the magic and the world building and the timelines. As I said that the story did loose me just a bit about the timelines but it brought me back. I blame my loss on this cold I have and not the book as a whole. The characters were wonderful I fell in love with everyone and I really cant wait to get this one when it comes out. I have yet to read her first book The Love that Split the World but it is now been moved to the top of my reading list. This was a magical story about loss, magic, and more! http://www.crossroadreviews.com/2017/05/bookreview-million-junes-by.html

Bad things happen when the Angerts and O’Donnells cross paths. Broken bones, angry hornets, and worse. Malevolent and benevolent spirits create havoc, and a generations-old curse lingers on. A Million Junes is a tale of star crossed lovers involved in a prolonged family feud akin to the Hatfields and McCoys. Yet the story is fresh. The June in this story is actually Jack O’Donnell IV, who despite being a girl carries the family heirs’ name. She is also heir to a magical house, a legendary cherry tree, and bad blood. As she has been learned from experience and family, whenever the Angerts and O’Donnells interact, no matter how innocently, someone gets hurt, and it goes tit for tat. If an O’Donnell is injured, an Angert comes to harm. Some force seems to be carrying the feud far beyond human tempers. June has her everyday life, best friend, and a post high school plan to hit the open road, but she leaves everyday life behind to step into the thin place, where the temporal and spatial atmosphere is so slender that something else is visible-- a wedge of multiple existences and omniscient vision. In the thin place, she can experience the historical past, the emotional past, the present, and the presence of greater truths. Transcendence comes through white moths that flutter into the skin and mind. June’s mind is filled with memories of events, sometimes comforting, sometimes disturbing, but all pointing to a warning to stay away from Saul Angert, her forbidden fruit. The problem is June and Saul seem to be soul mates. Will they live long enough to love each other, or will the nameless thing destroy them, as it has done to the past three generations? This is a better than average coming of age novel. Typical adolescent willfulness causes June to butt heads with her mom, but maternal love and respect are very present. What might have been a facile, worn plot takes new life through some creative twists. The thin place is a beautiful means of bringing harsh truth to bear. Honesty, letting go of hate, and healing wounds are hard earned lessons that not everyone learns. The novel makes dual use of showing versus telling both as an element of writing and through the visions that clarify June’s understanding of herself and her family. There is a particularly lovely vision of a coyote and wolf wrapped yin yang with a robin resting atop them that ultimately brings the truth home. With an engrossing plot that keeps you wondering what will happen, A Million Junes satisfies an array of readers.

A Million Junes is a creative and mesmerizing twist on Romeo and Juliet. While everyone knows the plot of Shakespeare's famous play, Emily Henry does a wonderful job updating it and filling it with magical surprises and suspense. Though predictable, I loved how the story came together and found myself wanting more. Additionally, I loved Emilie Henry's prose, there were so many lines that took my breathe away.

This was truly a beautiful story! The magical elements incorporated into this Romeo and Juliet retelling gave new life to the story. The writing was completely engrossing and the characters were nuanced and overall quite likeable. Loved this book!

A Million Junes by Emily Henry was a magical story of two star-crossed lovers in feuding families trying to break the curse of what happened generations ago. June, or Jack O'Donnell IV, has always been told by her father to stay away from the Angerts. That bad things happen when you cross paths with an Angert. Then, boom, Saul Angert has come back to town and they, literally, run into each other and begin a tentative friendship. Strange things always happen around June's home, a thin place, but when Saul starts coming over as her tutor, they begin walking through the memories of their families. They start to understand what has happened between the two families and want to try to break the curse. This is the first novel by Henry that I've had the pleasure of reading and I definitely enjoyed the magic and tenderness of first love throughout this novel. I felt like the ending was a little rushed but, overall, very well-written. Definitely will recommend.

I'm DNFing this. I know I've only read 43 pages, but I am incredibly bored and it's entirely not what I thought it would be. I love magical realism, but this is too focused on the romance. I was expecting more of a creepy thing going on and that's not what it is, sadly.

I really liked Emily Henry's latest novel. A Million Junes is a young adult fantasy that has a Romeo and Juliet vibe to it. The main character, Jack (June) O'Donnell, lives in a house where magical, other-worldly things happen. There are spirits lurking about, some good and some evil. June's family has been in a feud with a neighboring family for decades and she ends up falling for Saul, the boy from the rival family. June does not know why her family is at odds with the neighboring family and she sets out to uncover the secrets that her family has been hiding for generations. This is the first book from Emily Henry that I've read and I found this story to be very interesting and touching. I loved the relationship between June and Saul, and I loved the fantasy elements of the book. Also, that book cover is gorgeous! This book has magic, romance, and mystery; and you should definitely read this if you love young adult fantasies with appealing characters.

A new take on Romeo and Juliet with a lot of magic and a touch of the afterlife thrown in. Saul and June are from feuding families. They have grown up being told to stay away from each other, that their families are cursed. One night at the local carnival changes their?lives forever. They start falling in love and become determined to end the curse on their families. With the help of magic, memories and ghosts, they travel through the past to discover the truth. I really enjoyed 90%of this book. Towards the end I had difficulty following and believing the magic and the sequence of events. Overall, a pretty decent cursed love story.

If you were a fan of Emily Henry’s debut, The Love that Split the World , you will love A Million Junes, a story that exists in the same magical realistic world that will likely become the thread that weaves all of Henry’s works together. When I began this novel, I was struck by the tale as old as time: Montague vs. Capulet; Hatfield vs. McCoy; Coopers vs. Blossoms (yes, I’m Riverdale trash); two families that have hated each other for generations finds the current youthful generation having ~feelings~ for the forbidden other. While this is the basis for the love story, there is SO much more than the romance in this little novel that I adored and quickly consumed! Henry’s first novel received some critique for featuring an instalove storyline, which also occurs in this novel… but isn’t that how some teenagers, and even certain adults, feel sometimes? Henry cleverly has her narrator refer to her blooming affection as an “insta-crush”, which perhaps acknowledges and circumvents the critique from before. While the love story is foregrounded in this novel, this is primarily a story about grief and losing someone who was instrumental in making you who you are as a being. Losing that person causes a tangible feeling of missing a piece of yourself when the loved one passes. I will always be partial to these stories since my mother died when I was young, but this book felt like a solace for my little, grief-mangled heart. I would have loved to have this book as a teen. Grief can fill your every thought mentally, but can also overtake you physically. This novel did a great job of exploring that and illuminating the many sources of support that you need to depend upon to lift yourself through your grief and the mistakes you might make and harm you might cause as you struggle with your loss. I loved it. Have I said that yet? I LOVED it. Also full of love? The best friendship featured in this novel. The two best friends frequently worked on putting each other back together and being a major pillar of support to each other, a side of friendship that I’m not sure everyone even opens themselves up enough to experience. The best friendship here built a base of support like a pseudo family for someone who can’t depend on actual family, either by choice or necessity, for that support. My best friends have always been the ones to help put me back together and remind me who I am when I feel lost. I loved that June, the main character, turns to her best friend in especially trying, emotionally charged situations when June is trying to uncover how she really feels. Stylistically, Henry writes so beautifully that I think I would probably be in love with how she writes a grocery list. I want to be best friends with the author and talk about life and Big Things like loss and mourning and love, whilst sipping delicious warm beverages in the coziest coffee shop. Is that too much to ask for?? Probably, but that’s how this book makes me feel. Some of my favorite quotes are below: “This is how grief works. It watches; it waits; it hollows you out, again and again.” (p. 201) "Talking about all this has stirred up memories I do my best to leave settled on the floor of my mind." (p. 47) “I wanted to forget this feeling forever. The feeling of being ripped into two people: the you of before and the one you’ll always be once you know what it is to lose something.” (p. 161) “They don’t know that, the more time passes, the more you forget, and the more you forget, the more it hurts — less often, sure, but worse. You want to dig your fingernails and teeth into the ghost that’s slipping through your fingers.” (p. 114) “But she always said what she loved best about dad was that, to him, she wasn't a mystery at all." (p. 54) “You know life’s not like this. Even when it’s good, it’s hard and terrible and you lose things you can’t ever replace.” (p. 109) For more reviews, check out www.girlwithabookblog.com!

A Million Junes is magic realism crossed with Romeo and Juliet, set in Michigan where the town is a character itself. I read the author's debut novel and loved it. Her writing has a dreamy quality that you will either love or struggle to connect with and clearly I love it. Jack the IV/ Junior/ June grew up in a magic house on a hill located in a thin space where you can cross to the either side. A cherry tree grew overnight and bore fruit. June, as O'Donnell's before her can see ghosts and hate the Angbert's and is forbidden from going to the falls. Then June starts hanging out with Saul Angbert and they learn more about the curse that haunts both families. I really enjoyed this magical, dreamy book.

Reading this book felt to me the way chocolate tastes. It was delicious from the very first page. The story was not my favorite I've ever read but that didn't stop me from enjoying it all the way through. I found a lot of similarities between this book and the movie Big Fish (possibly my favorite movie of all time) but they were similar in a way that makes me suspect the author also likes the film and not in a way that made me feel like I was reading a rip-off of another story. All that is to say, this review is a little biased. Specifically, I loved the language of this book. The dialogue, the descriptions, the word choices were all beautiful without being over-the-top flowery. I found myself re-reading lines to savor the way the words fit together. The story moved a little slowly at times and I did get a bit lost in the final sequence of events, but as a complete piece I loved this book. It had just the right amount of magic for it to feel real and fantastic at the same time. This was my first book by Emily Henry so I can't say whether it's her best work but I look forward to reading more by her to find out.

What a sweet story. Romeo and Juliet never get old. I loved reading this retelling with a magical twist. I think you will too!

I really loved this book! It is a very well done retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I loved the focus on family history, family, friendship, and love. The characters were well developed and the writing was beautiful. A Million Junes is a perfect blend of contemporary and fantasy. I definitely recommend this book to people who love magic, curses and forbidden love!

A Million Junes takes place in Michigan in modern times. However, the past is of great importance to June’s story. June O’Donnell and the O’Donnell family have grown up being told to stay away from the Angert family. For reasons unknown, there has been a long standing feud between O’Donnell and Angert family. At first, the story reveals a simpler reason for this feud, but as you read on, the reason behind this feud becomes a true mystery that runs through many generations. Despite warnings from her father (dead for 10 years), June finds herself reluctantly associating with an Angert–particularly Saul who is 2 years older than her who has come back home for unknown reasons. This reluctance quickly fades into a budding forbidden romance. Unlike a lot of YA contemporaries, this is not an insta-love story. While it is an instant-crush, I’d best describe the romance as slow burning for a while. What makes this story really unique, however, is the magical realism within the story. Much like Henry’s first novel, A Million Junes takes place among the “thin places,” places where magic aspects and the real world exist. For a person who does not like almost any fantasy, I liked the aspects in this novel because it always remained grounded in the real world as well. With ghosts (both a protective ghost and an ominous ghost) and fluttering Whites that take on true significance as the story progresses, I was hooked. Henry’s writing is also absolutely lyrical. She has a true way with phrasing words while also still creating a work that is absolutely readable. Most authors that I have read that write lyrically struggle with compelling story craft. Henry does NOT have this issue at all. While I won’t talk much about the end to avoid spoilers, the ending is absolutely phenomenal and full of deep meaning for all readers, especially teens (or anyone really) that have faced unspeakable tragedies in their lives. Final rating: 4.5/5

Romeo and Juliet but in this case Saul and June come from feuding families that go back several generations. June O'Donnell has always been told to steer clear of the Angert family which hasn't been a problem since Saul left their hometown but his return to care for his ailing father brings on the myths and legends that have haunted their families for years. I'm not the biggest fan of magical realism but I enjoyed this story. For the most part the book was balanced between a budding love story and the magic that brings about the myths. Towards the end it was somewhat of an overload the closer June got to knowing the truth. I knew what was going on in the magical world but was constantly wondering what was happening to them in the real world. 4/5

I was absolutely enchanted with this story. I loved June and Saul so much. Their star crossed status added to the story and I loved the history of the two families. The magical realism was just perfect in this book. It added just enough to sweep me away into this magical little spot of the world but not so much that it took away from the story or made it feel like a full on fantasy novel. I couldn't stop reading this which is always a sign I am loving a book. This was easily a 5 star read for me.

I didn't realize this was a sequel when I requested a copy and I'm happy to report it read like a standalone. There's nothing worse than coming into a story halfway through, believe me. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. The beginning felt a little slow but I'm a sucker for romance so once I met Saul I was hooked. I found myself getting frustrated as the story was pulled together and it definitely kept my interest. I would recommend for anyone who loves YA and/or fantasy.

I was picked to write an honest review of A Million June's by Emily Henry. I think I will give this book a 5star rating. The writing kept me intrigued and I really enjoyed the banter she had her characters doing. It made it an easy read. The story itself was pretty good. I found myself wanting to find out what happened and how to lift the curse off the family. I also found my self guessing what happened to cause the curse. There were parts of the love story that I didn't care about, as I really didn't understand how they fell in love so quickly. It was Iike they met and they were in love. But whatever it didn't bother me enough to not want to read it. I enjoyed how The author built up this like other world full of memories that not everyone could see. I don't want to get too into that since I thought it was really beautiful sounding I want others to come to their own conclusion. I would recommend this book to others as it was a very enjoyable read!

I think that A Million Junes will be a perfect choice for fans of Emily Henry's previous book The Love That Split the World and for fans of Romeo and Juliet with magic realism. Also, this story reflects family relationships and the impact it has on a younger generation. This is a story of love, friendship, hate and memory. Recommended to fans of contemporary young adult genre!

This was a beautiful story. I loved the mystical element! A great "retelling" of Romeo and Juliet..

This book was everything I want from young adult fiction. There was magic, romance, moments of supernatural, betrayal and forgiveness, all tied into this coming of age story. June grows up in Michigan living on what was once a successful cherry farm. From a very young age she has been warned about crossing paths with the Angert family, but as June nears her 18th birthday she runs into the youngest member of the Angert family, Saul. June begins to question the stories so has been told and searches for the truth of the Angert/O'Donnell family feud. Still suffering from the never-ending grief of losing her father, and developing a friendship with her family's sworn enemy, June continues to learn and discover about herself. This immersive read was incredibly written and beautifully put. Truly mesmerizing magic.

Imagine a Sarah Dessen novel—filled with serious questions and teenage vulnerabilities—paired with a collection of American tall tales. Now mix it all up into the Romeo and Juliet story, and the result is A Million Junes by Emily Henry. This book was wonderful—both magical and thoughtful. It had all the right elements: a good story, a great father/daughter relationship, deep characters and even a little romance. While I suppose the book could be classified as fantasy, it's really magical realism. Magical realism is similar to tall tales—regular people in the real world who experience extraordinary circumstances. Emily Henry uses these elements well, seamlessly blending the contemporary world with magic. The original synopsis I read on Goodreads only talked about the Romeo and Juliet aspects of the story—a feud and forbidden love. But the book has so much more depth than the small synopsis portrayed. In fact, the climax of the story centered around the father/daughter relationship of June and her father, rather than the romance between her and Saul. It also didn't take the romance too far, which is appropriate for a teen-aged main character. The other main topic in the book is grief, and how to live after tragedy. The topic is so worth thinking about, and Emily Henry gave it enough space rather than syphoning off its importance with more fantasy elements. It's this kind of depth that's often missing in YA fantasy novels, and I really appreciated that she gave it enough room for me to continue thinking about after I finished the novel.

5/5 and now one of my favorite books of all time. I wanna start by saying I hadn't really heard too much about it, but I really liked the cover and I hadn't read too many Romeo and Juliet retellings recently, so I thought hey let's give it a try. Boy, this book took me by storm, grabbed my heart and squeezed and squeezed up til the end. The main reason for this being that June's story wasn't a whole lot different from my own. My dad died when I was sixteen, my mom remarried to my dad's friend, and I felt really lost without him for a long time. I still do. The moments where June points out how randomly grief can hit you. It's been 10 years for June and it'll be 8 years for me this summer. Grief still finds me now, during big events in my life and even in the most mundane things that remind me of him and the fact that he's gone. It was a very realistic portrayal of the way this happens. The writing was beautiful and I'm glad we got to see a good amount of at least June's family and friends, not just focusing on Saul and June, because this wasn't just a book about romance as some Romeo and Juliet retellings can be. Because the original was a tragedy and this one held on to that aspect well. The only thing I didn't quite like was the heavy-handedness at the beginning with making sure we knew this was Romeo and Juliet and the characters shown were named, but never mentioned again. Kinda odd, but doesn't do much to detract from the rest of the journey that follows. I would recommend this book to everyone, because it's story about generations and family and finding out who you are. Absolutely beautiful.

What a beautiful story of magic, love, and grief.

Some books just have to read in one sitting. A Million Junes is one of those books. It is also the kind of book that I may read again if or when I need to, and will still love and appreciate it. Not only was the language beautiful, the characters dynamic, and the plot engaging, but the book was a beautiful exploration of what grief can do to a person, and also a brilliant reminder that no matter what we lose, we can find something to make life worth living again. Despite the heavy emotion and sad topic, this was a novel about hope, and the end left optimistic, not depressed like other books have. It also helped that there was magic involved – the kind of subtle, beautiful, earthy magic I expect when reading something by Neil Gaimen. I’d recommend this story to anyone who enjoys literary fiction, romance, magical realism, fantasy or just an engaging, emotional story.

I lovely and heart-wrenching book. I had to finish it in one day because I thought the story really drew you in and made you feel for the characters in the book. It is a great take on real life issues like love and loss but making it different by adding some fantasy/paranormal takes to the story. Loved it so much!

Loved it! From the beginning this story was an easy read, and drew me in. I loved the characters from the start, and loved seeing the story unfold before them. Taking me through a wide range of emotions, from joy and sensuality, to fear and dread, this book had it all! At one point I was terrified about what would happen next, and at others I couldn't get enough. So good! Can't wait to read more by Emily Henry, she definitely made a new fan! I loved this one! It kept me guessing, and I adored all the characters! I highly recommend this one for mystery, romance, fantasy/paranormal fans! This is one of the few contemporary romance novels I've read, but I have to say, this one really surprised me! I even went out and got Emily Henry's first book since I love her writing, and can't wait to read more of her work!

I found this surprisingly good. Two families who hate each other and have passed down from generation to generation that they should not have anything to do with the other family but the younger generation has different stories why. A magical land where coywolves come and take shoes you leave in the yard and white floaty fluffy balls soak into your skin and show you a memory, not necessarily yours, and cherry trees that grow overnight. This is a magical story about a young couple who should hate each other, according to their families, but can't stop falling in love. I really enjoyed this story. I found this to be beautifully written and it captivated me from the start. I liked the concept of how family history can change over time and things aren't what you think they are. It's a great take on the Hatfield and Mccoy type of feud and that sometimes things are not what they seem and sometimes old grudges should be forgiven.

What an amazing story, and so very well told. I was captivated from the first pages and could not put it down. Not only did I learn the moments of Junior and Saul, but I learned something of myself that I can take away and keep. Beautifully told and a perfect ending. Thanks to Emily Henry for sharing this piece of herself.

A Million Junes is captivating and enchanting story of grief, love, and supernatural intervention between two families, the O’Donnells and the Angerts. June O’Donnell‘s late father had always told her to stay away from the Angerts. When Saul Angert moves back to town, June tries to keep her distance. She’s haunted by visions of past family member’s memories that lead her to the truth of the dispute. She’s torn between her feelings for Saul and the events from her father’s past between the Angerts’. This book was hard for me to put down because I couldn’t wait to see what unfolds between June and Saul or learn what caused the feud between the two families. I highly recommend this book.

Started strong and then lulled...way too muddled by the families' histories of hatred towards each other. Pacing's slow. Had promise, but I came too close to "dnf".

This book is FANTASTIC. I honestly could not put it down. The characters are real, flawed and funny, but they live in a world where magic and ghosts are just as "real"; the setting and plot are full of unique details, and the mystery keeps the story moving. This is one of my favorite books of 2017 so far.

Family histories can be patched together from the memories of family members, but it might not be an entirely accurate account. A Million Junes by Emily Henry delves into the memories and tales of the O'Donnells and Angerts, which had started a long-standing family feud. June O'Donnell, legally named Jack after all the men in her family before her, has been raised in the Michigan town her family helped to found with the Angert family. But a feud between the families keep them apart, at least until Saul Angert, son of her father's enemy, comes back to town and June can't seem to avoid him - thanks in large part to her best friend's romantic escapades. After spending some time together, magical things start happening that show June and Saul the truth about their families' history, which leaves them reconsidering the tales they were told growing up and whether to cling to the historic fight or move forward. With the core of this story pulling largely from Romeo and Juliet with a sprinkling of Hatfield-McCoy, the elements of magical realism that were interwoven through the Whites that showed glimpses of memories to June, the ghosts, and coywolves helped this narrative to stand apart from the familiar arc of forbidden love. The relationships between characters felt natural and changing dynamics developed realistically over some time and contemplation; however, the creative writing teacher was the one exception that felt a bit forced, both in her character and role in moving pushing the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the snarky and witty remarks that June and Saul made, despite how it wasn't entirely believable (although a personal ideal for conversation). Overall, I'd give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but the blurb on the back intrigued me. From the very beginning, I could tell I was going to love it, and I did! The story is fresh and magical, and the characters have a depth to them that you don't often find. There is a bit of romance, a bit of magic, and a deep, dark mystery that kept me turning pages long after bedtime. This book was un-put-downable!

What I Loved: A Million Junes is one of those books that in its own way, unfolds in multiple timelines while maintaining a consistent current timeline. It's different than other books like it, because even on those multiple timelines, the time period can be pretty fluid. You jump in and out of the story at a variety of points. I’m hoping this isn’t considered a ‘spoiler’ because I wanted to bring it up to point out that there was not one point throughout this story where I was confused. I find this pretty much amazing! There is so much to really enjoy about this book, the friendship between June and her best friend Hannah for starters. Their friendship seemed so real, and exactly how you would expect a senior in high school friendship to be. It wasn’t too over-the-top teenagery, but they also behaved in a way that seemed appropriate for their age. Again, I think that this is something that many authors struggle with, the characters tend to end up feeling too over the top in the rebellious teenage direction or way too mature for their age. I enjoyed June and Saul’s relationship – the way it unfolded naturally, it wasn’t all heat and passion, but a slow moving thing that they felt around and pushed, pulled and formed it into something real. It was perfect, specifically because of its forbidden element. The blurb sort of compares it to Romeo and Juliet, but it’s not a retelling at all. I loved that do not rush headlong into something, but really take time to evaluate each other and make the best decisions they can on their own. So while all of those things are good, the best part of this book is the mystery, the curse, and the unwinding of information. The flow of the words coming off the pages is intoxicating in itself. This was a most excellently written piece of art! Not So Much: Some of the minor characters – specifically the creative writing teacher - and their motives I didn’t quite get, honestly. I can understand, I suppose, needing another antithesis/pushing point, but at the same time I think that goal could easily have been accomplished without the additional character, or attempting to play up her importance. She was a bit oxymoron-ish as a character as well, she seemed to serve a dual – almost conflicting – purpose in my opinion. Anyhow, this is about the only kind of/sort of not wonderful thing I can say about this book. I’d say that’s pretty good! The Verdict: I am in love with this book. It was fantastic…if you couldn’t tell that's what I thought already. It’s a YA, very clean and tidy, and yet, nothing more was needed to make it…more. If you like a lyrical style of writing, and settings that are kind of blurry in nature, very fluid and changing – this book is definitely for you, and if you don't, I still implore you to give it a chance! **This book was an Advanced Reader Copy from FirstToRead.com; other than the joy of reading – I was granted no compensation to review this book.**

I did not to expect to like this book so much but I did! It was so hard to put it down. The characters are explored in every way and you can feel all of June's struggles and emotions. It's a story you can relate to with a magical twist that makes it more interesting.

A book about families, love, and magic that is captivating and leaves the reader feeling that they have experienced something special. In order to break the curse that has torn two families apart for generations, a teenage girl must follow the clues that ghosts of the past reveal to her. This should appeal to anyone who enjoys fantasy and mysteries and family history.

I don't know if I can think of the words to describe how much I love this book. I read and enjoyed Emily Henry's debut, but this book completely blew me away. It's about family and grief and love and hope. It is heartbreaking and beautiful, and Emily Henry's writing transcends. Every character we are introduced to feels real and complex, and the main characters are practically jumping off the page. The friendships, the relationships, the family dynamics are all created and characterized with such care that you can't help but feel for each and every character. The world that Emily Henry weaves together with our own is intricate and detailed, and every part of this story is stunning. I can't say enough good things about this book, and nothing I say can do it justice. A Million Junes feeds the part of me that craves things more beautiful than real life.

This was better than Henry's "The Love that Split the World." Much more appealing protagonist and story arc. Overall, A Million Junes is a charming coming-of-age look at preconceptions and prejudices.

This book was hard to put down. I turned every page in anticipation of the next, and I could not wait to finish it while simultaneously hoping it would never end. There are a lot of young adult novels that do one thing amazingly. A love story, or one about friendship, someone dealing with death, or dealing with trying to find their place in the world, but this book does all of the amazing things at once. The romance aspect is a big part of the story, but it is so beautifully tied in with all the other aspects that it isn't the only thing you focus on. It is proof that you can have a story about love taking place in something other than a love story. June is now one of my all-time-favorite characters. Her dedication to her friends and family is overwhelmingly powerful, and her sarcasm and realness is easy to relate to. Her grief, although sad, is familiar to me and many others, and her aching for the past is something we can all find ourselves understanding. This book is wonderful, fantastical, heartbreaking, and inspiring. The story is something different and rare. Everyone should read it, because you will be missing out on something magical if you don't.

 


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