Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 7:00 AM

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 235

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Buy This Book: Amazon

From Goodreads:

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 could tell from reading the first chapter in this book that In Honor was going to be an emotional read.  We start off at a funeral for Honor’s brother Finn.  Finn had enlisted in the Marine Corps less than a year ago and was recently killed in action.  But before he died he wrote a letter to Honor, a letter that she doesn’t open until after his funeral, a letter that could change the rest of her life.

In Finn’s last letter to Honor, one that came three days after his death, he enclosed concert tickets for Kyra Kelley’s last show in California and asked that Honor tell Kyra all about her older brother.  Since this was his last request, Honor feels like this is something she needs to do before she can move on with her life.  So she packs up and hits the road to California.  But she’s doesn’t go alone like she had planned, Finn’s best friend Rusty tags along. 

Honor is a lot stronger than she thinks she is.  She lost her parents when she was a young girl and now she lost her brother.  Rusty is the kind of guy that you don’t like at first because he’s a jerk but then he grows on you.  I’m glad that he ended up on the journey with Honor; this was something that they needed to do together, even if they didn’t realize it at first.

In Honor is a quick but incredibly emotional read.  This book had me in tears by the end of the first chapter; it’s about learning to deal with the loss of a loved one and figuring out how to move on with life, and the ending was absolutely perfect.  This is definitely one of the best contemporaries that I’ve read so far this year.  



‘I hated him.  I hated him for the way he showed up yesterday, for showing up here today, for being a mess and making fun of me, and for not being Finn when I needed him most.  My brother was everything he wasn’t’

“My apologies, then.  For trying to get your dolls naked and then ditching you for your brother.”





1 comment:

  1. I'm not the biggest contemp fan, although I've been thinking about reading this one! I've heard many great things about Jessi Kirby and her novels. I've been meaning to read Moonglass for a while! I'm glad that you really liked this one. :) I may just have to pick it up!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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