Published by Razorbill on May 16th 2017
Genres: Magical Realism, Romance, Young Adult
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.
Oh my gosh Emily Henry you have done it again.
Now for those of you who’ve been following my blog for a very long time now, I was very obsessed with Emily’s other book The Love That Split the World last year. It was one of my favorite 2016 reads and now that I have read A Million June’s Jesus, this has officially become one of my favorite fantasies of 2017 so far. I don’t know why, don’t ask me why, but I’ve been procrastinating on reading this book based on nothing. Don’t tell me I already know I’m insane. But my gosh I love this book I love this book I love this book I love it so freaking much. I am an obsessor of anything magical realism. I haven’t read that many magical realism books but every single time I do read one I end up being in love with it, and this book was no exception.
Let’s start off with the characters because honestly they were my favorite part of this entire book. Starting with our main protagonist Jack “June” O’Donnell. She is one of the best protagonist I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading from. She’s hilarious, she cares so much about people, and she has a knack for writing, something that I absolutely adore. And again I love her sense of humor, I love her relationship with her famil, her two brothers, and with her stepdad, her best friend, and her dad. Even though he’s not around anymore it seems like there is still a connection there and it still feels like he is there with the way that she talks about him. Of course there is the Whites that help that connection but we’ll get into that part later.
So Saul let’s talk about him shall we. He has officially made it to my fictional boyfriend list. It’s been a while since I added someone onto this list and I love him. I mean I’m going to keep saying that word a lot because there’s a lot that I loved about this book especially him. I love his love for writing. That’s probably my favorite part about him to be honest. I love how much his relationship with June grows I love how he knew she was trying to avoid him but he kept pulling her back in and I love it I love it so much.
Hannah Hannah Hannah June’s best friend. There are so many cool best friends in books but she is really making it to the top of the list. I find it so admiring that June trusts her so much that she’s able to tell the secrets that she can’t even tell her own mother. And I love how Hannah really does believe in June when not anybody else does and how she can help you with it. I’m sorry I just finished his book like 10 minutes ago so my writing right now is a little iffy because of how much I really love this book.
The plot let’s talk about the plot so for those of you who haven’t read the book I’m going to keep it a spoiler free as I possibly can but basically there is these ghost that are coming back to June and Saul and bringing them these memories of their ancestors and these memories all connect in a way to a big curse that both of their families are living in. It’s a very Romeo and Juliet sort of relationship between Saul and June but these memories in a way shape why they became that way and why do these two families hate each other and I love the ghosts. I know I shouldn’t but I love how the plot was. It was amazing and these ghosts bring memories that you wouldn’t know if it weren’t for them.
I do not know what else to say. I just finished the book 10 minutes ago and I have so much to say but nothing’s coming out of my fingers. All you need to know guys is that this was a wonderful and amazing book and I really do recommend it to every single person out there. If you have not yet picked up this book please do, if it’s at your library, if you need to order it on Amazon, or if you need to borrow it somebody please get it. It is amazing it is wonderful and if you haven’t even read Emily’s other book The Love That Split the World SHAME ON YOU and please pick it up 🙂
“Letting go is not forgetting. It’s opening your eyes to the good that grew from the bad, the life that blooms from decay.”
― Emily Henry,
“Maybe for some people, falling in love is an explosion, fireworks against a black sky and tremors rumbling through the earth. One blazing moment. For me, it’s been happening for months, as quietly as a seed sprouting. Love sneaked through me, spreading roots around my heart, until, in the blink of an eye, the green of it broke the dirt: hidden one moment, there the next.”
― Emily Henry,
“Grief is an unfillable hole in your body. It should be weightless, but it’s heavy. Should be cold, but it burns. Should, over time, close up, but instead it deepens.”
― Emily Henry,
“I promise you. I promise you the stars. I promise you the lake and falls, coywolves and robins. I promise earth and heaven: I will love you long after the last human has taken his last breath. When the stars burn out and the oceans freeze over and the whole world is ash and dust and ice, our names will still be carved into this tree of life, side by side, and I’ll still be loving you.”
― Emily Henry,
“(W)rite the things you have the most to say about and the things you’re afraid of messing up.”
― Emily Henry,