In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Borrowed
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Buy: Barnes & NobleAmazon

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? (Goodreads)

In Honor is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story about a girl that decides to take a road trip to full-fill her brother’s last request after his funeral, before heading off to college. The morning she sets out to drive from Texas to California, her brother’s estranged long time best friend Rusty shows up and insists on going too. What follows is more than just a road trip for Honor, it’s a journey of self-discovery — dealing with her grief, trying new things, having an adventure, living through all the mishaps along the way, and learning some difficult truths.

Before the road trip, Honor hadn’t seen or talked to Rusty in a long time, and then their relationship was around her brother Finn. So while they make the trip to California they get to know each other in an entirely new way. These characters immediately gripped me, and I practically read this book in one sitting! I have to mention that Rusty is very much like a literary version of Tim Riggins, the hot, frustrating yet tantalizing character from one of my favorite TV shows of all time – Friday Night Lights! If you’re a FNL fan, you will love In Honor!

I feel that I should warn that this story has an open ending… I won’t lie; I was a bit frustrated with how it ended. I actually yelled NOOOOO once I finished! I wanted more of these characters; I wanted to know what happened next. So I spent quite a bit of time afterwards imagining how their lives turned out ☺.

In Honor is a fantastic YA contemporary – smooth writing, amazing characters, and a story that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon. I can’t wait to read Jessi Kirby’s first novel, Moonglass and anything else she writes! This is a must read for spring/summer, so add it to your to-be-read list or pick it up today!

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10 Responses to Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

  1. kimba88
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    This sounds good, and open ends don’t scare lets me create my own ending! Awesome review!
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  2. sarabara081 says:

    I am really curious to how this one ends! Can’t wait to read this! 🙂
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  3. fakesteph
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    I’m really looking forward to reading this one. It sounds so great. And I do that, too… imagine lives for the characters after the end of the story. Sometimes, I just need to know that everything worked out okay for them.

  4. Diana says:

    I have this book and can’t wait to read it! I LOVE Friday Night Lights and Tim Riggins (who doesn’t?), so I can’t wait to meet Rusty! I didn’t know this book has an open ending. I’m nervous about that. I like to know that the characters are happy together at the end of a book. Sigh.

  5. Loved this one too and reviewed it today!!
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