I read SOOOO many blogs that picked this as their top of 2011...ummmm me not so much. That is not to say I hated it but it wasn't my top. I couldn't fully fall in love with any of the characters...Harper was just tooo angsty (ya, ya I know she just lost her sister but I really did want to slap her half the time) and Jake was just too bad boy cool, albeit with great taste in music...and don't even get me started about the adults. I realize this is a book written to a young adult audience but I thougth the adults were so not believable that it made the whole story not believable. I thought Amy & Roger's Epic Detour did a *much* better cross country, road tripy, getting over losing some one you love, love story (if that makes *any* sense). Just my two cents :)
Book Description via Amazon.com
Everyone's sorry. But no one can explain why.
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.