I loved Jessi Kirby’s debut novel Moonglass, so when I heard she was coming out with In Honor, I got seriously excited :) The premise of the novel seemed amazing, too. When I started it, I wasn’t able to put it down until I finished it.
In Honor is about a girl, Honor, who’s brother died in service in Iraq. In his last letter to her, he jokingly asks her to tell one of her favorite pop-stars about “her handsome older brother”. She decides to take a road trip to California to do just that. Along the way, her brother’s ex-best friend, Rusty, comes along and some drama definitely ensues.
During In Honor, Honor uses the road trip as a chance to finally say good-bye to her brother and part ways with him, completely. This book definitely helps show the power of healing from loss and forgiveness. She also becomes closer to Rusty and figures out along the way what happened between her brother and him.
She does a lot of really cool things, too. She goes scuba-diving and gets to go to one of the most peaceful places on the Earth. Also, she starts to really like Rusty. The characters are all so realistic and shown to be healing from the big loss in all different ways.
In Honor has a bittersweet ending, but a realistic one. This book is an amazing book! It’s captivating and shows how humans get over loss. Honor and Rusty were two amazing characters that have so many depths to their emotion. I’d give this book four out of five stars.
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?