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Quick Bio: I was intrigued by this book because of it’s cover, and by it’s long title that seemed overly complicated. This is the story of Hadley, who’s father is getting remarried only a short while after leaving her and her mother. She’s never met his bride to be because her future step mother and father live in London, and she lives in Connecticut. She is traveling to the wedding and misses her plane by four minutes. She meets a boy named Oliver, and there is an instant connection. The story progresses and in a 24 hour time period you find out all about what happens after the two board the plane, and what happens once they land in London.
My Rating: 6/10
My Thoughts: I found the concept of this book intriguing because of the time constraints the characters would be facing. I thought that multiple themes in the book like her connection with Oliver and family problems would make it interesting because so many things would be happening at once. I loved Hadley and Oliver’s relationship from the first encounter. Something that initially I liked was the 24 hour time period, but while reading I started to dislike this, because I wanted to read more about Oliver and Hadley. I normally like books that discuss marital problems or split families, but I was much more interested in the Oliver / Hadley aspect, that every time the other half of the story was being explored, I was annoyed, and I only wanted to read more about Oliver and Hadley. I loved Hadley, I found her to be a very interesting protagonist, and Oliver was equally charming. Maybe there will be a sequel because I felt like it was an abrupt ending, and I wanted to know more about what happened between the two.
Would I recommend this book? Maybe. I know there are a lot of people who love books with multiple themes at once, I just found this too distracting for such a short time period the book takes place during.
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Quick Bio: Saving June grabbed my interest as soon as I read the description. Harper Scott’s older sister June kills herself right before her high school graduation. She leaves behind her younger sister, her mother, and other less important family members wondering why she went to such drastic measures, without leaving a note to explain why. June had always dreamed of moving to California, so Harper decides to steal June’s ashes and run away to California with her best friend Laney and a friend of June’s, Jake. The trio makes numerous stops on the way and meets a lot of interesting people on the way to California.
My Rating: 3/10
My Thoughts: I really, REALLY wanted to love this book. I was very intrigued that June didn’t leave a note, and I was curious to know her reasons. I found the main character to be seriously annoying. I tried to feel sorry for her because of her loss, but she was just so obnoxious. There were times in the story that it really dragged, and parts I seriously rolled my eyes. The ending was not to my liking at all. Between Jake’s secret and Laney’s big surprise, I felt like the author was trying to add in a shock value to make the reader enjoy the book more. I will admit I did cry a little bit towards the end, I won’t spoil what made this happen, but if you do choose to read it, you’ll probably know when. All in all, I think I had very high expectations, and I was not really impressed.
Would I recommend this book? No. If you do want to read it I’d say you should be 15+, because there are a lot of mature themes like drugs, drinking, suicide, sex, violence, ect.
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