In Honor: Book Review

Novel: In Honor by Jessi Kirby | Goodreads
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: ARC
Source: BookPeople Teen Reviewing
Challenge: None

A devastating loss leads to an unexpected road trip in this novel from the author of Moonglass, whose voice Sarah Dessen says “is fresh and wise, all at once.”

Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

(Synopsis and Image from Goodreads)

Willa’s Rambles:

I didn’t read Moonglass, Jessi Kirby’s debut novel, but I’m so glad I got around to reading this one! In Honor  is thought provoking, sweet, hilarious, and addicting – I loved this book!

Honor has to be one of my favorite characters. She’s dealing with her brother’s death, and so she goes on a long road trip without telling anyone (which is something I think we all dream of doing – just blasting to the road) instead of going to orientation at UTA. When her brother’s best friend passes out flat drunk in the car she’s taking, she has no choice but to bring him along. It turns out that this will bring some hilarious, heartfelt, and eye opening moments, but Honor doesn’t realize that yet.

Rusty is one of those character you immediately hate. He’s drunk when you first meet him in the novel, and in the first half of the book, he’s making these rude comments the majority of the time, but as you move along and see a different side of him, I learned why Finn liked him so much. He’s hilarious, first of all, and also knows how to make people feel better.

Jessi Kirby wrote a novel that made me think about life, loss, regret, and all the things we love about people but don’t realize until they’re gone. And also how we have to trust people know what they’re doing, even if we don’t understand. I highly recommend this book. Thunderous applause for In Honor!