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 » They had both liked each other for a long time. (eg. She had a huge crush on him in middle and junior high school, he wanted to ask her out in 10th grade but her brother said “no”.) Both these characters liked each other, had liked each other for a long time, and were aware of the fact that they liked each other, but for some reason the thought never occurred to them that it was okay for them to admit they liked each other until the very end of the book. « Hide 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.