A Million Junes
By Emily Henry
Summary: 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.
Source: I received a hardcover as part of my Book of the Month Club subscription
I heard great things about A Million Junes, but it sat on my TBR shelf for quite some time. I picked it up to complete a category in the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (book with a month in the title), but I didn’t have high expectations. I didn’t enjoy The Love That Split The World and magical realism is hit or miss for me. I have my go to authors for it and I definitely have to be in the mood, but I was so disappointed by her other book that I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this one. I almost didn’t choose it for my BotM Club pick, but the reviews were so great that I knew I should try it out.
A Million Junes was dazzling.
I enjoyed the story so much and immediately grew to care about all of the characters. I enjoyed the legends about the O’Donnells and the family feud with the Angerts. I wanted to unravel the mystery for June, especially as she found herself constantly around Saul Angert and realized maybe it wasn’t as simple as she thought.
I felt like the author really captured a wonderful story about growing up, falling in love, family, friendship, and letting go of the past all in one magical story. I loved that the magical elements were there, but not overpowering. It was just a taste of the supernatural in an otherwise regular world. It was brilliantly executed and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I cannot gush about it enough. I felt completely immersed in the book from page one and I couldn’t wait to see how it all unfolded.
I highly recommend A Million Junes. It was so much better than I’d expected! It actually makes me want to reread The Love That Split the World because maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for it at the time? I’m not sure. But I preferred the actual plot in A Million Junes, too.