Saturday, July 15, 2017

*Review* A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 16, 2017
Pages: 350


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.


I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. 

This book sucked me in (and I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but when I started reading this book, I wanted to completely ignore my reading responsibilities like proofreading just to read this book. I wanted to ignore books I was being paid to read in order to read this book. I didn't do it, but I wanted to so bad.) 

So in the beginning, it seems like this is just going to be a story about a simple family feud in a small town. Sure, there are some weird things that happen around June's house, but kids and teenagers can have overactive imaginations and exaggerate stuff. But it turns out this was not coming from June's imagination. 

There were several layers to this story. There was the mystery about why the O'Donnell's and the Angerts don't like each other. Then there was the budding romance between June and Saul even though they were never supposed to be anywhere near each other. Okay, so there are really two layers to this story, because these two things really seem to influence everything else, but it felt like there were more layers. 

I couldn't help rooting for June and Saul to triumph in their goals while also worrying that spending so much time together was just going to end up hurting both of them because I absolutely bought into the small town folklore, it was compelling. 

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of YA paranormal. It will tug your heartstrings and keep you turning the pages until the end. 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Emily Henry is full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.


  1. I don't often YA but this sounds intriguing

  2. The romance element seemed so focused in on, that I almost skipped over the part of it that involved magic. I am adding this to my massive TBR pile. It sounds good!

  3. This does sound intriguing. Will look into it.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  4. Going to share this with a friend. Thanks for sharing.