By Emily Henry
Published May 16th 2017
Rating Four/Five Leafs
I like my reviews to be little leaflets of information about the book, a list of things to be prepared for so you can get to reading. I also want reading to be an experience so at the end I’ll list some things I think would pair well with this book.
Synopsis From Goodreads 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.
What To Expect
This book has a strange, dreamy tone that makes the whole book feel like a dream. There are so many tall tales within the story that the whole novel seems to feel unreal, like the time between sleep and dreaming.
Suspension of Disbelief
I would classify this book as magical realism and because of this the reader will need to suspend their disbelief. I did not mind this part of the book (I love magical realism) but included it for those who do not enjoy.
Although some parts of the book are magical, the book definitely discusses the real issue of grief. I like how the author portrays grief as a less of a process and more of a decision. It is not just something that the character surrenders to–when June does, things go very wrong and her grief takes over and pushes her to unhealthy decisions. Surrender will not lead to a natural resolution of grief– it won’t just go away– because there is no resolution. Grief is something that each character must learn to manage as it will live with them in some form forever. Letting go is also a decision, it is not forgetting.
This book had really pretty descriptions that had me sighing.
“I hear him in the creak and groan of the floorboards as the summer nights stretch them, can visualize him sitting at the foot of my bed, saying, Other houses have support beams and foundations. Ours has bones and a heartbeat.” – A Million Junes by Emily Henry
What I Didn’t Like
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I felt like as soon as the characters discovered the memories that they can literally walk into and watch, there wasn’t enough current, “real life” events to move the story forward so it seems to drag at some points.
This book was full of nature and running through Michigan forests so I would recommend taking this book to a trail with a blanket or a bench or a hammock. You’ll be able to smell the trees along with June.
Jack’s Tart Cherries, duh! Actually these Rustic Cherry Tarts from Mallory with Chocolate With Grace would be a wonderful eat for A Million Junes.