Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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?
I fell in love with Jessi Kirby's debut Moonglass so I was looking forward to reading In Honor. I love all things about road trips: the people you meet, the places you go, and the conversations that you have that are bound to reveal something about you and the others you're with. In Honor was a quick, heart warming read that I did have some issues with but otherwise,it was a great read!
So. Honor, our main character has lost her brother so she's pretty upset. Sometimes she kinda acts like a b but that's kinda given don't you think? Maybe that's why I gave her a lot of leeway. The constant hot and cold banter between Rusty and Honor got on my nerves and I was basically like: WILL YOU TWO KISS ALREADY?! But I had to remember that both had lost someone they loved and therefore, this behavior was kinda expected. It still annoyed me and sadly that took away some of my enjoyment of the story. Honestly, there just didn't seem to be a lot of development in Honor or Rusty's character which didn't work much anyways.
As for the plot, I liked it. There were definitely interesting moments, like the caves and the swimming but other than that, it wasn't much different. I was hoping that they'd meet more people along the way to California but that didn't turn out to be the case. In Honor's a pretty short book so that didn't leave room for much development. I wish it had been longer and I really want Jessi Kibry to delve more into Rusty and Honor's past.
Overall, I enjoyed reading In Honor even if I did have some issues. Jessi Kirby's writing is just as wonderful and might I say, more developed which was great. She just has this way of getting me lost in her stories (I read this one in about 1 hours tops) and time flies! While I wanted more from the characters and plot, it's easy to get invested in Honor and Rusty's pain and their overall acceptance of what happened. Rusty reminded me of Tim Riggins (for those of you who don't know him, GO WATCH FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS RIGHT NOW) which was pretty awesome!
I really like it! Even if it is totally stereotypical Texan thing I like it a lot!
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