A Million Junes By:Emily Henry
In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts 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, except to say it began with a cherry tree. But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe. Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, 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 of the O’Donnells before her to let go.
I have literally been avoiding this book for the longest time, I kept saying I’ll read it later, then later came and I just really did not want to read with book it just seemed so boring when I started it. A book that takes place in a small town with two fighting families just seems like a ton of drama and ANOTHER remake of Romeo and Juliet and I think there are enough of those. Now I started with book like someone was forcing me to eat a food I hate, there was a step dad and mother with half brother, the best friend who has a crush on the guy June is not supposed to be around and the same guy who she runs into as fate would have it. Then things start to take a twist and I start to hate it less and less as the story starts to expand and you are introduced to a new world of lies and love all mixed in together.
The character are some that I think we see very often a misunderstood, a sweet shy girl, and two loud best friends, and normal parents and siblings to wrap it all together. So far I think the best friends I way way to cliche with them being loud, funny, and forcing the main character to be dragged along by them, but always there to back you up. I think I have a small connection to June but at the same time I think half the things that run through her mind are total crap. So far it looks promising.
This book started out in a way where I never wanted to read it but as the story develops the tone goes from one of a storyteller talking about two families drama into a voice of eire passion lace with sadness and love. The Author takes a step into the pages and pours her soul into it and we get to see it to feel everything the characters feel, the characters become so much more than just a shy girl and a troubled boy, they become a broken girl who is trying to find out what she wants in life and if everything she ever believed in was a lie, like her heart that was full of black and white has been shown color but the color is all red with blood and lies. The boy is just a boy who was on the wrong side of a bad decision and fate took its place and left him with the remains of the damage it had caused. These two characters I have wrapped my heart around and fell in love with both of them because I am like both of them in a way and I cannot help but to feel for both of them.
The ending of this book and the power of the story it holds in itself is one I think many can relate to and the truth about memories and the lies they hold within them, how things from the different point of views can be so completely different from the truth and how such hate can thrive from such sweet sorrow. I know the struggle of sweet June trying to hold onto someone you have lost and wishing with all your heart you can go back to them or bring them back to you but you also know they wouldn’t want that for you and you must try to be strong and more on. This book has brought me such much pain and love, in this one book, I found my Million Junes, and I think that you will too.