A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Genre: Young adult fiction, fantasy
Publishing date: May 16, 2017
My rating: 4/5 stars
*NOTE: THIS REVIEW DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS AS ONLY BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF FEW INSTANCES ARE GIVEN. OVERALL SITUATIONS ARE DESCRIBED. ALL OPINIONS ARE SOLELY MINE.
I absolutely love the crux of this book and the writing is great, too! The whole story is filled with mystery and wonderful descriptions of natural elements so yes, I was captivated by this book!
The book is written in first person so we follow the perspectives and actions of Jack ‘June’ O’Donnell IV- the protagonist. The story basically revolves around the hatred between two families- O’Donnell and Angert. While the O’Donnells have a strict rule that says ‘Stay away from the Angerts’, the Angerts have a rule that says ‘Stay away from the O’Donnells’. The hatred is mutual. It is believed that when an O’ Donnell meets an Angert, bad things happen. However, when our protagonist June O’Donnell meets Saul Angert, ‘different’ things happen. You need to read the book to know what exactly happens when they meet and how they are actually able to meet despite the strict rules of their families!
As a nature enthusiast, I loved this book. It deals with the concept of ‘thin places’ (boundaries between heaven and Earth) which is so amazing! This book also deals with grief, friendship, and a lot of internal conflict.
I must say my favourite character from the book isn’t June but, her best friend Hannah. Hannah is a very chirpy and geeky girl who knows how to make the environment gleeful and when to be serious. I like Toddy, too because he treats June like he would treat his own daughter.
At times, I did feel a few parts of the book to be similar to those of ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell even though its story is entirely different from that of Fangirl. I won’t be telling exactly which parts because I think I’d be giving you spoilers then. But yeah, I did enjoy reading A Million Junes more than Fangirl.
I have so many favourite quotes from this wonderful book! There are many beautiful lines in the book!
Two of my favourite quotes from A Million Junes:
“I think life is about learning to dance even when you’re sitting still. You learn to dance when you cook and clean, when you bite into cherries, and when you lie in clean sheets. It’s easy to believe that if you could do it all over, you’d do everything different.”
(From chapter 14)
“Can’t get into heaven with your shoes on, June-bug. If we wanna break through the veil in this thin place, we gotta go the way we came into this world: barefoot.”
(From chapter 16)
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