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!