Title: In Honor
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
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Summary: 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?
Review: In Honor is a fantastic read. There's almost no words that will even do it justice. Kirby has total control over your emotions. I was crying one minute, smiling the next, and then rooting for things to go okay for Honor and Rusty. In Honor is a whirlwind of a read, and despite being short will capture you until the very last page.
Can I just say how much I absolutely love road trips!? And the road trip in In Honor is just how I like them. This road trip is filled with tension, complications and, of course, maybe some romance. The characters were what really made this an amazing read for me but the road trip brought it up a couple of levels into something better and even more unique.
There was not a moment during this book where I didn't feel for Honor. She's a funny girl that tries to be brave but she has many moments of vulnerability. I loved how she was willing to break out of her shell a bit and try things she never did before. It was absolutely amazing seeing Honor change and grow. I'm not sure how you couldn't love Honor. Honor does have a road-tripping partner, of course. Rusty is not exactly a nice guy when we first meet him. But he did grow on me. He was there for Honor when it mattered and I think readers will be able to admire him for that. I know that I certainly did.
I loved Kirby's writing ever since I read Moonglass last summer. I'm very happy to report that it is even better in her second book. Honor's voice is gorgeous, well-written and heart-breaking.
In Honor is a sweet book that tackles road trips, grief and most importantly moving on from that grief. I just loved it.