Wow it has been actual AGES since I’ve posted! I am the actual worst and ALL of the sorry for posting so sporadically. I am so thankful to all of you that have stuck with my little blog despite how spotty my presence can be sometimes. I LOVE YOU ALL, MY BEAUTIFUL BOOKWORMS! I swear I will have an October Wrap-up and November TBR post coming at you soon! I figured I’d grace you with the presence of a review of an October read for me first! Without further adieu, I bring you a ranty review of A Million Junes by Emily Henry. I am #sorrynotsorry for the ranting you’re about to feast your eyes upon. I think you’ll enjoy it 😉
Genre: YA Fantasy/Magical Realism/Romance
Pages: 398 (Kindle edition)
Publication Date: 16 May 2017
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️
*sigh* Where to begin with this book? I suppose I’ll start with the positives (since there aren’t that many for me). The writing was beautiful and whimsical and I immediately fell head over heels for this book from the moment I began reading it. The plot sounded promising; there was love on the horizon and a bit of a paranormal aspect to it and I was here for it. And then things got WEIRD. I was SO CONFUSED because literally everyone was named Jack. Jack the first, Jack II, Jack the 5 millionth. I didn’t know what was going on half the time because there were TOO MANY JACKS. A better name for this book would be A Million WTFs because I ended that book with more questions than I started with.
The story centres around Jack “June” O’Donnell IV and Saul Angert and their families’ generations-long rivalry. Of course, like any good story, the rivals turn into ~lovers~ and then somehow that leads to one “seeing morning” in the other and they all lived happily ever after. Or not. I’m not entirely sure because this book confused the living daylights out of me. There’s a curse on the family too, because why not, and while I thought that was interesting in the beginning, I did not ever get the satisfaction of understanding of why the curse was there. I mean, there was a whole thing that “explained” it, but did it make any sense at all? NOPE.
And to think I was ready to give Saul Angert a coveted spot on my book boyfriend’s list! NOT HAPPENING NOW! The ending of this book was filled with so much cheese, my lactose intolerance started acting up*. The things Saul and June said to each other *gags*. No one talks like they do! It was terribly unrealistic and just plain irritating.
When I’d first started reading the book, I recommended it to my friend because I thought she’d love it because I was loving it and then, sadly, I had to retract my recommendation because this book was just *insert face palm here* It was a struggle getting through the last half of the book and that actually saddens because I wanted SO BADLY to love this book. Unfortunately, it just didn’t do it for me. I suppose I can see why people might like it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Have you ever had a book start off great but just ended up disappointing you? Have you read A Million Junes? I have a feeling I’m in the minority with my ranty feelings on this book!
Tell me your thoughts, my book beans!
Until next time,