Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby
In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Genres: Young Adult
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 8th 2012
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
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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?

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This book was cute. The relationship between Rusty and Honor is what I enjoyed the most. When the book begins, Honor’s brother and Rusty’s best friend, Finn has just died. Right before he died, Finn sent Honor some tickets to see one of her favorite singers in concert. So of course Honor decides the best way to honor his memory is by ditching her college orientation and high tailing it across country in Finn’s car so she can go to the concert. Rusty tags along on this road trip because he can’t let his friend’s little sister go across country all by her lonesome, and then BAM! We have ourselves a road trip novel.

Rusty and Honor have an antagonistic relationship that stems from their mutual attraction and mutual agreement to deny said attraction. Even though Rusty is only a few years older than Honor, this is still his best friends little sister we are talking about, and there are just some things a fella can’t do. (I don’t agree with this opinion, but this is Rusty’s mindset).

They both obviously had feelings for one another, but it wasn’t the angsty and passionate relationship I was expecting. View Spoiler »

The personal growth that Honor experienced during the trip she took with Rusty was very beautiful. It never felt selfish or self-indulgent like some novels in this genre can feel at times. Honor felt like she was being selfish by dropping everything and going on a road trip right after her brother’s funeral, but I never felt that way. She was grieving and trying to do it in a healthy way. Her brother was the only family that she really had left and considering that, I was just proud of her for moving forward and living life. This book wasn’t really a romance, but the relationship between Honor and Rusty was very enjoyable to read about, and had romantic elements. I had a really good time going on this road trip with the two of them, and I would suggest this book to anyone in  the mood for a nice road trip adventure novel.

The ending of this book left a little to be desired. I wanted more of a profession of love, but the ending also made me smile and suited Rusty and Honor perfectly.

Because of language, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.

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Author Biography

About Jessi Kirby

Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day.

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