For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.
Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may 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.
As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now 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 the O’Donnells before her—to let go.
Title: A Million Junes
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 350
Publishing Date: May 16th, 2017
The classic saying is, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And, metaphorically, that’s obviously true. We should never judge something’s core by its outer appearance. But when it comes to actual books… we all do it at one point or another. That’s exactly what I used to do when I was trying to figure out which book to read next. Whether or not it was right for me to pick my next read based on its cover, I used to just pick the prettiest book and hope it would amaze me. Through trial and error I came to the conclusion that my method of reading had no real pattern; some books proved to be just as gorgeous as their outer layers while others just… didn’t. Around that time was when I discovered the magic of Goodreads and book reviews, so I decided to stick with picking the books that I wanted to read next based on the information I knew about them rather than how much I fell in love with their covers.
A Million Junes is an exception to the rule that I made for myself.
I’m going to be honest — I bought this novel not only because I really enjoyed Henry’s previous novel, The Love That Split the World, but also because the cover of A Million Junes is absolutely, gorgeously stunning and it caught my eye as soon as I saw it whilst online book shopping. And, soon enough, I had ordered a copy and it arrived at my doorstep soon after. I knew nothing about the story except for the fact that this book was inspired by Romeo and Juliet and that was enough for me (I’m always yearning for young adult books inspired by Shakespeare). One of the challenges for BooktubeAThon a couple of weeks ago was to read a book that you bought because of the cover, so, naturally, I chose A Million Junes for the readathon and hoped that the inner textual contents would emulate its cover by being beautiful, magical, and whimsical. Needless to say, this novel is all of those things and more.
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.