A Million Junes by Emily Henry

A Million Junes

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...

Title:A Million Junes
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ISBN:0448493969
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:350 pages

A Million Junes Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Apr 08, 2017

    Swoon. Emily Henry's writing style is just everything.

  • Emily
    Apr 01, 2016

    This is my fun little book about love, lakes, ghosts, grief, inheritance, magic, Michigan, and the meaning of life and death. it's chill.

  • alexandra
    Apr 07, 2017

    i’ve read many many amazing books these past few months, but never one that made me

    to start reviewing again. but A Million Junes makes me want to share something; it makes me want to feel something deeper and actually talk about it. simply put, A Million Junes is so incredibly special.

    in all honesty, i don't think this is everyone's cup of tea. the concept is a little strange because it's not quite contemporary but also not quite anything

    i’ve read many many amazing books these past few months, but never one that made me

    to start reviewing again. but A Million Junes makes me want to share something; it makes me want to feel something deeper and actually talk about it. simply put, A Million Junes is so incredibly special.

    in all honesty, i don't think this is everyone's cup of tea. the concept is a little strange because it's not quite contemporary but also not quite anything else (which is really similar to Emily Henry’s debut novel, The Love That Split the World). if you keep an open mind and overcome that… weirdness, you’ll come to appreciate everything else this book has to offer – and even love the so-called weirdness along the way.

    one of my favorite aspects of this novel is the writing. this writing(!!!) made me want to cry because it's too beautiful – in a way that combines poetry with casualness, and metaphors with everyday thoughts. Emily Henry took big ideas (like grief, love, and the ~future~) and made them small, but also kept them big (or important). (am i even making SENSE?) also, the writing itself can bring me to tears. there were SO many times i had to stop and underline/highlight a passage because it really made me

    or feel something larger than myself.

    another thing i loved was the characters and relationships. there were some people (or ghosts) i felt existed solely to guide the main character. (and one DID only exist to guide the MC – literally and figuratively) it reminded me that it's

     to ask for help, and it's

     to allow others to guide you. also, i just want to mention that the friendship is seriously #GOALS and it makes me feel :’’’).

    the plot was wonderfully balanced between the BIG BAD conflict our characters are facing and something lighthearted. although there's a “forbidden romance” and that screams CLICHÉ, A Million Junes was nothing typical. i felt like the pacing towards the end got slow but it picked up really well and don't have much to complain about.

    anyway, i just wanted to say i’m feeling a lot of emotions and contemplating a lot of ideas and I LOVE THIS BOOK. it holds a real and dear place in my heart with all its metaphors, ideas, and emotions bursting at the seams.

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  • Nastassja
    Apr 13, 2017
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Jul 10, 2017

    Wow. This was like a mix of I'll Give You the Sun and Holes. Such a beautifully strange story. I already want to re-read this. I loved it SO much. *sobs forever*

  • Jeff Zentner
    Oct 29, 2016

    This book is utterly spellbinding in every way. The language, the descriptions, the mythology. Emily Henry is just a brilliant writer. That's all there is to it. This book is impossibly full of magic.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Apr 12, 2017

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    There was so much to love about this book. It was almost a magical experience reading this book. The story just kind of sprang to life for me and I was really swept away by the story. I couldn't get this story out of my head and if I had a moment free I was reading this book. This was a book that I quickly learned to expect the unexpected and just let the beauty of the storytelling take over. Simply put, this was an amazing book.

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    There was so much to love about this book. It was almost a magical experience reading this book. The story just kind of sprang to life for me and I was really swept away by the story. I couldn't get this story out of my head and if I had a moment free I was reading this book. This was a book that I quickly learned to expect the unexpected and just let the beauty of the storytelling take over. Simply put, this was an amazing book.

    Jack goes by many names. She answers to Jack, Junior, and June but her real identity is wrapped up in the fact that she is an O'Donnell. Her family has a long standing feud with the neighboring family named Angert. Jack doesn't have a whole lot of rules that she has always been told to follow but staying away from the Angerts is one of them.

    Saul Angert is back in town and it doesn't take him very long to cross paths with Jack. His family has also told him to stay away from the O'Donnells for his entire life. The problem is that they don't want to stay apart and are in fact drawn to each other. They start spending more and more time with each other and strange things begin to happen.

    The magical realism in this book was wonderfully crafted. There are ghosts and pieces of light that let you see the memories of those that came before. If you leave your shoes unattended, the coywolves will most likely steal them. Jack and Saul both get swept up in the memories of their ancestors and start to unravel the true reason for the long standing feud.

    I cannot say enough good things about the writing. This is a story that was beautifully told. I loved how easily the author was able to blend the magical elements into our contemporary world. The relationships in the book felt very authentic and I ended up loving all of the characters. I had no idea where this book would end up and to be honest I didn't care since I was having such a good time on the journey.

    I would highly recommend this book to others. I enjoyed Emily Henry's debut novel, The Love That Split the World, but loved this one even more. I can't wait to read Emily Henry's future works.

    I really enjoyed this book. The writing was brilliant and the story was one I couldn't quit thinking about.

  • emma
    Jun 20, 2017

    UGH. YES.

    Those of you who have followed me for a hot second know about my complex relationship with magical realism. Me and magical realism’s Facebook relationship status: it’s complicated. If the feelings between me and magical realism were a math equation, they’d be a super long one.

    To sum up my relationship with magical realism: When it’s done right, I LOVE IT. Like, more than any other genre. My perfect book is probably really good magical realism. (Ex

    UGH. YES.

    Those of you who have followed me for a hot second know about my complex relationship with magical realism. Me and magical realism’s Facebook relationship status: it’s complicated. If the feelings between me and magical realism were a math equation, they’d be a super long one.

    To sum up my relationship with magical realism: When it’s done right, I LOVE IT. Like, more than any other genre. My perfect book is probably really good magical realism. (Examples of lit magical realism:

    (!),

    ) But that’s almost never what happens. I don’t know what it is, but I’m rarely content with the sh*t in this genre. And I tend to get way angrier when it’s bad. Like, YOU WERE SO CLOSE! You could have been so good. (Examples of magical realism that made me want to light a trash can on fire:

    ,

    ,

    ,

    , the first two Dorothy Must Die books...I could go on, but this paragraph is hella long.)

    I think I’ve boiled down my equation for a good magical realism book to two things: first, it has to make you wonder if maybe there could be magic in our dumb, boring old reality, and second, it has to make you hope that there is, and that it’s the particular breed of magic outlined in the book.

    I’m thrilled to inform you that

    , for the most part, checks those boxes.

    So, in this book, we follow June, who lives in a magic house and is the heir apparent to one half of a small town Minnesota war between families. She’s still reeling from the decade-ago death of her dad, who she super loved, when the heir apparent to the OTHER family shows up in town. And is a total flippin’ babe. And then stuff gets very weird, and very magical, AND I CAN’T DO THIS BOOK JUSTICE BUT TRUST ME, IT’S WORTH READING.

    I mean...this book wasn’t perfect. When is it ever? But let’s stick with the good stuff for now. In fact, let’s talk characters.

    Ah, these characters. Well, specifically June, Saul, and Hannah. June is our protagonist, our narrator, the light of my life and joy of my soul. She’s shockingly funny (when are characters ever truly

    ) and so fun to follow. She makes not like other girls jokes! I was in love with her by the twenty page mark. She’s so not the typical YA narrator, for so many reasons. (And no, that wasn’t a not like other girls joke. Or was it?)

    Saul is June’s perfect complement. Their banter is so great. He’s a lil cutie and I like him a lot. That’s all I have to say.

    Also, the female friendship in this is AMAZING. June’s BFF Hannah is so wonderful and a tiny angel and I want the absolute best for her. My God. Just...the characters and relationships in this book, man! It gives me

    vibes in terms of how totally fab both of those things are.

    The setting is total magic. I don’t even want to talk about it - I want it to take you all blindly and by storm like it did me. It begins just reasonably enough and becomes perfectly wild (for a little while). In other words, the formula for MAKING YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC.

    And maybe most importantly, this book is sososo gorgeously written. I feel like in a lot of YA, the quality of writing after a certain point is sorta left by the wayside, but that's so untrue of this book. Emily Henry's style is achingly lovely, and I may have to pick up everything she ever writes forever for that reason.

    But...now, unfortunately, we have to delve into the kinda-bad and the straight-up bad. This book starts off confusing, and it does NOT wait for you to get up and get your head on straight. Your shoes on the right feet. Your pants on not-backwards. It just

    Eventually you catch up, and you have the first half of the book to enjoy before everything gets increasingly f*cked up and confusing until the last quarter, when, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be holding onto your hat and BEGGING FOR AN EXPLANATION. It’s like becoming the math lady, from that one meme. You know. This one:

    Anyways. That explanation does not come.

    I consider myself a

    decently smart person, but I had no clue what was going on at some points. It doesn’t ruin the book or anything, since it’s supposed to be kinda magical and mysterious, but still. It loses the grounding in reality that magical realism has, or should have, and I was left with a metric f*ck ton of questions.

    And it feels like the characters lose themselves in the second half, and that just

    . First 200 pages: June-Saul-Hannah central. Remaining chunk: dismally characterization-free.

    What I’m saying is the first half was better. The second half wasn’t

    , but I just fondly reminisced on the beginning and thought:

    The only other negative was that most other characters fell by the wayside, but WHO CARES? I probably would’ve just wanted more JuneSaulHannah if anyone else got characterization time anyway.

    Honestly, I feel like this book could have been 100 or 200 pages longer. And I NEVER say that. (But I’m not asking for a sequel. I’ll shout it from the rooftops: NO SEQUEL FOR THIS BOOK!!! Trust me on that.)

    Bottom line: Ohmygod, read this. We only get so many good magical realism books.


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