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