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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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

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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