Review: A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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Synopsis: 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.

Date Started: 6/24/18

Date Finished: 6/28/18

Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first picked this novel up. It seemed like a blend of Romeo and Juliet and some Beloved-esque magical realism. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book that dealt with grief, life, and death in a beautiful way.

From the very start of the book, there are things to get used to, such as the strange pink ghost and June’s magical house, but Emily Henry managed to carefully spin the supernatural elements together with the realistic elements to craft the fabric of June’s world in Five Fingers. If you allow yourself to lose yourself in the world, you’ll have no trouble following June and Saul through their adventures to discover the truth. However, some scenes, particularly toward the end, felt a bit dizzying and hard to follow. A good portion of the novel involves exploring memories, which is definitely interesting and necessary, but occasionally I felt a bit lost. Aside from that, it was still a thrilling ride.

The pacing of the book was pretty good. A lot happens, specifically in terms of supernaturally exploring memories. Some sections of the book felt a bit slow to me, such as June’s creative writing class in school, but I do realize their importance in June’s overall development as a character, as well as to the plot to some degree.

The relationship between Saul and June didn’t feel exactly natural to me. There was some insta-love to it, which I’m not a big fan of, but at least it wasn’t immediately acted upon for a variety of factors. In fact, June tries to downplay her attraction to him for a while. Perhaps its due to their curse, or their history or loss, but to me their attraction didn’t feel very real, especially due to everything they were going through.

Despite it’s issues, I still really enjoyed this book. I read it relatively quickly and found myself staying up at night to finish it. The cover is gorgeous, which is fitting for the gorgeous, magical world within. If you enjoyed Toni Morrison’s Beloved, which is another magical realism that deals with grief, you might like this book as a YA option.

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Buying Books on a Budget – Part 1

I love books, probably a bit more than the next person. However, anyone who loves books as much as I do knows that they can get costly. Many paperbacks can cost around 10 dollars, and hardcovers are almost always more expensive. One of my most expensive books on my shelf is my copy of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, which cost twenty dollars! (Of course, I did buy it at Book Con and got it signed, so I don’t mind as much!)

I’m a college student, so money isn’t exactly something that I have a lot of. Because of this, I’ve learned how to find books for cheap or reduced prices. Here are some of my favorite places to find books!


1. Dollar Stores

Specifically, I’m talking about Dollar Tree. Many Dollar Trees have book sections, where you can find books for… one dollar! While you might think that the books will be low quality, religious, or for young children, you’d be surprised! I’ve found gorgeous hardcovers such as Spindle by E.K. Johnson and Fated by Alyson Noel, as well as many others. To let my Publishing Geek out for a moment, these books are “Remainders,” which are books that weren’t selling very well, and were bought by Dollar Tree to sell to us for a seriously reduced price.

One problem with shopping at Dollar Tree is that sometimes you’ll pick up an interesting book, only to find that it’s the second or third in a series. This can be a bummer, but if you’re really interested in the book, you should buy it anyway! Depending on how popular your store is, the next time you go, there could be completely different books! I recommend shopping around at multiple stores in your area to see what’s available.

2. Thrift Stores

Ahhh, who doesn’t love thrifting! It’s totally fun to explore the aisles of a nice thrift store to see what treasures you can find there for discounted prices. I usually bee line to the book section and spend a decent chunk of time scouring the shelves for a new read. I’ve actually found full series at thrift stores. If you get lucky, someone will have donated their full collection, and you’ll find it all at once (As I did with the Evermore series by Alyson Noel!) but usually you’ll have to piece it together book by book, which is actually quite rewarding! A good majority of my bookshelf is actually from various thrift stores!

Price can vary depending on what shop you go to, but usually you’ll find books for as low as 50 cents, ranging up to around 2-5 dollars, which isn’t bad at all, especially when you consider the original prices.

While I love small thrift shops (which are often connected to a local charity or foundation) I’ve found that major chain ones, such as Goodwill and Savers, are the best for finding books, especially young adult ones. Usually they’re better organized based on genre as well.

3. Your Local Library

I’m not talking about checking out books here! (Although that’s another great way to find new books to read without spending a dime!) I’m talking about library sales!

Many libraries host annual book sales, where they have a room full of books that they’re selling for cheap. I once picked up five books for about 8 dollars, which was a great deal!

If your library doesn’t have a big book sale, don’t fret! Many also have smaller sales. Usually you’ll find a shelf full of books, CDs, and DVDs that they’re getting rid of. While the book might have the library dust jacket and label on it, it’s easy to remove, and then you’ll have a book that looks good as new! Ask a librarian if your library has something like this. Usually the proceeds go back to the library, which helps it provide services and programs to your community!


That’s it for now! I actually have a few more trusty places to buy books from, so consider this a part 1! I also want to post a book haul of the things I’ve found at Dollar Tree this month!

Thanks for reading, Starlight-Readers!

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Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts So Far: Last night, I checked out the A Million Junes from my library’s ebook service. The cover drew me in with it’s pretty gold text and artwork. I’d love to own a physical copy of this book, as I think it would look stunning on my bookshelf!

It’s not every day that I find a good magical realism book, so I’m really enjoying this one. Emily Henry has done a nice job so far of building up the strange world within the town of Five Fingers. Also, it has Romeo and Juliet vibes, but it doesn’t come off as a retelling of the story. It’s uniquely its own.

According to my Kindle, I’m about 15% through the book. Hopefully I’ll finish it very soon and will have a review up by the end of the week!