Harper Scott's older sister, June, took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her divorcing parents decide to split up June's ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going—California.
Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession…and an unknown connection to June. When he insists on joining them, Harper's just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what Harper needs. Except…Jake's keeping a secret that has the power to turn her life upside down—again.
This was a very touching read of trying to learn to cope with the suicide of a sibling. I found Harper's tough exterior to be something I can relate to. Never fully wanting the world to know how fragile she feels inside. I felt the same way about Jake and Laney. All very different characters yet they all were very much alike in their own little ways.
I loved all the music in this book. I know next to nothing of the songs in it but it sure made me want to go listen to the mix Cd's and was very happy to have a list of each CD at the end. You can bet I'll listen to at least one of these just to mentally go back to the book.
If you're looking for a book to reach out and make you feel something, this will do it for you. Might want to have a tissue or two handy just in case.