Friday, April 1, 2016

Novel Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 2012
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only 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 him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn--but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

The Cover:

I really like the cover for this book. I think it's pretty, and very true to the book. It shows the road trip part, which is important, the model for her is wearing what she does in the book (or at least very close) which I really appreciate, and on the back is Rusty, looking how I imagine he would.


When Honor’s brother dies, she decides to take his last letter as a request and goes on a road trip. Her brother’s best friend Rusty tags along, pretty much forcing her to take him with her. And thus starts an adventure, where she takes some chances, and where she learns something about her brother and herself.
I think the journey that these two go on is good for them. Honor needed to get away, and she needed to figure herself out just as much as learn about her brother. She goes on a couple unique experiences on her trip, but she also goes through her car breaking down and being towed away. I will admit, though, that the way Honor just angsts while letting others take care of stuff for her bothered me at the end, especially when she acknowledged it and then kept moping on the beach. I did believe her grief over her brother, though, and liked that she wasn't numb like most people in books like this are.
I like the journey she was on, and how it ended, though. I like how things ended between her and Rusty, how there were possible romantic feelings, but they ended things as friends, because that’s what they needed to be. I think she did the right thing for herself at the end of the book.
This was a fun book, and I enjoyed it, though there were parts near the end that were upsetting, when Honor had to face reality. But I liked it, and will be reading her next one.

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