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This book is so different than almost any other book I've read up to this point, but I really enjoyed it. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed and annoyed with it in the beginning. However, I'm really glad I forced myself to finish it! Worth your time :)
Feel really let down by this story? I really enjoyed about 60% of this book. But that ending? It was awful. It made me wish I had never read it to begin with.
This was my first book of the month that I've read and I had no clue what to expect. Starting the book, I was extremely confused with all the magic and the connections, but reading it I slowly understood. I didn't even know the town was called Five Fingers until half way through. But as I kept reading it, the writing starting bringing up emotions that I didn't think was possible to feel while reading. I felt myself tearing up, blushing, and swooning over the characters and the romance. Although I think June & Saul just randomly got together, should've been more development, I thought they still worked really well together. I liked how the family curse played out and that it wasn't just some creepy ghost haunting them, they had a purpose, development as well, both of the ghosts did. The ending made me cry, shocker. But overall it was a really good book. 8/10 for sure and I hope there will be a sequel to continue on these beloved characters. Comment below if you have any insight or anything new to say regarding the book, I love talking about them.
I thought that the writing was good in this, but it's way more of a teenage love story than a story about breaking a family curse. Of the 360 ish pages that the book is the word "curse" doesn't seem to come up until about page 200 or so. There is a lot of talk of "butterflies" and "fire in the stomach" and "internal burning". Was anyone else really hoping for a story that focused more on the family history and not so much on the drama of being a teenager navigating high school? The characters were better than most that would have been in their shoes, but the fantasy element wasn't really woven into the story in a way that was "cool" or even necessarily integral. The author could have gotten us to the end with journal entries and told much the same story. Considering the last few BOTM books that I've read have been really depressing and about awful people who are cheating on their spouses, this one is a bit of a bright spot. The fantasy nerd in me was a bit bummed out.
I have so many BOTM's to catch up on & CANNOT decide what to read next. Right now I am 2/3 of the way through "Dark Places" by Gillan Flynn but there doesn't seem to be a discussion board for it. Kind of a slow moving book but still keeps me captivated. The Possessions was another one I am reading but I feel like it moves slow. Is it worth the follow through? Also, I LOVE supernatural-esq / sci-fi) books, if anyone has any recommendations to buy on here.I have about 25 BOTMs right now but can't seem to decide what to read next; The Love Interest, A million Junes, Behind her Eyes...etc. Anyone have any recommendations? It can be outside the ones I just listed. I will take ANY feedback!! This is my first post so I apologize if it doesn't fit the mold or criteria. Thank you all <3 xo // Tayler
MEANWHILE* Anyone have any ides about how they feel about Dark Places? (For those that choice to bought it) NO SPOLIERS PLEASE (;
Thank you all <3 xo // Tayler
I'm page 34 and annoyed. Do I need to give it more pages? I've never not finished a book.
This novel has torn me apart. The ending was happy but it also made me sad. I love the characters so much. I do think that the ending was a bit long or drawn out, but I love this book so much. I also had a little crush on Saul Angert. This is not the first book that I have gotten from BOTM, but this is definitely one of the best.
First off, I agree with everyone's comments below. Great book, great writing, great dialogue and a longer, drawn out ending, but I can easily get over it because I didn't want the book to end.
As we were learning about Isa and Abe, I kept flipping back to the front of the book to find them on the family tree. Their names weren't there, unless I missed them. Which I thought was a good way to make it more of a surprise for the reader but also really confused me as I was reading. Another theory is they could have been left off the family tree because they died so tragically and no one ever wanted to talk about them? Not sure. Just found it odd.
The end scene (apart from the letter) with all of the main characters sitting side to side on the front porch was absolutely beautiful! I'm not typically a YA fan but I think the wit of these characters (with minimal teenage angst) made this the perfect summer read. I immediately ordered the author's first book The Love That Split the World after reading this. Great job BOTM, this was an excellent choice!! My first month with BOTM I chose All The Ugly and Wonderful Things (last summer). That book ripped me apart (and I LOVED IT) but unfortunately no other BOTM selections have come close to how I felt about ATUAWT, until A Million Junes. Keep them coming!
It's a beautifully written story, almost poetic at times. The author did a remarkable job exploring the topics of grief, family, and love. I loved her descriptions - to the point where I was also grieving with the main character. Although the dialogue wasn't realistic for teenagers, I felt like that was intentional to add to the aura of the book (and intertwined with the magic embedded in the story). Loved the dialogue and the magical aspects!! I do feel that the ending carried on too much, but overall I enjoyed this book. :)
I found this book very well written, and I felt like I was living through June. I felt her grief, happiness, frustrations, all of it. This book made me feel like I was in Five Fingers, experiencing the magic of it all. The ending left me feeling complete and satisfied, which rarely happens for me in books. I am so glad that I made this my book of the month choice.
I read this book in 3 sittings, less than 24 hours from start to finish. I'm beginning to realize how much of a YA fan I am... but nonetheless I think this book would be intriguing regardless of the age bracket it was written for. June's development in particular was amazing to live through as I read, and I loved the many hints at Shakespeare throughout. I'm not usually a re-reader, but I could definitely see myself reading this again.
I haven't even read through this halfway, I'm taking my time and just enjoying the nice summer read. Does anyone else feel like this is a comfort read? A good-for-the-soul kind of magic. I'm really not a YA kind of person, at all. So I'm really surprised how much I enjoy this.
EDIT + SPOILERS - So I just finished this and I really enjoyed it. The ending could have been shortened a little, but overall it was good. I think the most clever thing the author did was what we discover when Abe has to stop carving the names in the vanishing tree. That was the biggest shocker in the whole book to me because the wordplay was there the whole time. I loved that. Finding out that the red hair girl was Feathers was foreseeable. There some other predictable things in the plot, but I didn't mind so much.
Overall! I loved this book! June was very relatable throughout the book, and I loved that her friendship with Hannah felt as strong, if not moreso, than her relationship with Saul. It was a book on self-discovery, as well as a mysterious past. I loved the two coinciding stories of past and present, and how they linked together.
I would love a novella of this book, where we see June write down all of the legends and stories. Especially since we can assume she graduates, but that storyline never really officially wrapped up? What would her final story be? I would love to read, from her point of view, all the stories and memories we read glimpses of throughout the book.
Definitely recommending to other readers!
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. June/Jack/Junior was an engaging and interesting character. I loved her friendship with Hannah. Even the romance with Saul was great despite the pace of it being a bit unrealistic. My only problem with the first half was the dialogue which was overly quippy. No person has a good retort every single time. But, whatever. I enjoyed the magical realism and the setting. The ending had some rough landings though. I think the back half of the book could have been edited down by 50-100 pages. Even so, the resolution to the curse felt underdeveloped. There were some serious logical inconsistencies (like if June's mom/step-dad don't believe in/see the ghosts/Whites why do they care if she sees the Angerts?). The style was strong and I can understand why so many people seem to love this book. I wasn't quite there but I definitely enjoyed it.
This book was totally and completely beautiful. It started off fairly simplistic, just a modern Romeo & Juliet-esque teen love story -- except that there were ghosts and magic surrounding June from the very first sentence. And it doesn't take long for the story to push beyond the basic love story into something much deeper. The story becomes much more about memory and family, and the power that past can still have, while June's romance with Saul is an anchor to the present and reminds June that she still has her own life to lead beyond where her family's legacy has tried to guide her. I found June to be an easy character to love. She's got a great sense of humor, remarkable loyalty to family and friends, and this beautiful imagination and love for the fantastical.
I just finished the book, and I read all of it today. It was too hard to put down. I'm definitely glad I selected this for my BOTM.