Hannah Harrington; Paperback, 322 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin
When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister’s urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.
Well, judging by how my reading year has started, 2012 will probably the best bookish year in my personal history!! I loved this book a ridiculous bunch!!
It was a rare case of dramatic moment as a starter and grinning like crazy ending, and I was crying around page 20, totally thrown off track by the amount of sadness and pain in Harper’s life, and at the same time totally identifying with her, something that basically has never happened to me while reading a YA novel, and rarely when reading any in fact. But I completely saw myself in Harper and recognized the Harper inside me after reading that beginning. I was irremediably in love with the novel already, regardless of how it may have proceeded, I decided.
And yet as I read along I was surprised to see I did fall in love with it again, over and over again, all over the place and all the time, I mean I was shocked, sad, happy and all over the place, and sort of emotionally drained when I was done reading it – the first thing that crossed my mind was “Omg, this was SO good! Again!! I want an encore, a few of them in fact!!”.
Yes, I am thoroughly and most assuredly fangirling all over this review, deal with my enthusiastic declarations of wove!
The characters were simply adorable, and Harper was my absolute favorite, yet again a rare occurrence. She was just totally and awesomely vivid, real, there was no leap of imagination I had to make to be in the zone with her, to be by her side and feel and think alongside her, I was right there on the road to California as easy as a blink of an eye.
Laney was totally fun, though randomly clueless and yet surprisingly perceptive, the kind of friend that drags you out of your shell and knows when to take your hand without being pushy about it, I just loved her.
Jake was really fun too, I was sure I’d love him ever since he made his entrance, I mean I don’t know I could have not loved him, seeing through Harper’s eyes and picturing him with her thoughts in mind, Jake was the dude I’d love to hate and hate to love but I’d want by my side regardless, and after getting to know him better I was rooting for the couple like some obsessed cheerleader on a mission!
One element that really made this a 5 star (well, butterflies in my particular case) experience was the writing; the writing was just brilliant, rich and suggestive and unrepentant, with a beautiful flow to it, painting incredibly vivid pictures and drawing memorable lines. I just loved it, I loved how Hannah Harrington approached Harper’s loss and her dealing with it, I loved her perspective on things, everything. I loved everything. There isn’t one thing that I would have liked different in any way or degree about this book, this was just perfect. My book-soulmate.
I strongly encourage you to read this if you haven’t already, it’s a truly beautiful YA contemporary novel.