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?
Such a sweet book, my heart was almost breaking with Honor's, and then she's given this last message of her brother's with a directive-go to this concert, tell the artist about me-and Honor jumps on it. Then Rusty comes along, and that adds some comic relief, like during the broken car stage, and the whole "it's too hot to breathe" scene, that was hilarious. Also, the name of the car. Paula, not the Pala, named after a stripper. Hilarious!
We had a bit of a mystery, about why Finn enlisted, when he had a full ride to college, just like Rusty, and we did get the answer, right near the end, well, that just was the final crack for Honor. And how Rusty told her? That wasn't exactly the best delivery method.
This book was part road trip, part emotional breakdown over the courses of events, with a few other elements sprinkled in. And that was just a really great combination, which made for a really great! So awesome, and I enjoyed it a lot!
There was a bit of romance between Rusty and Honor, and interesting thoughts about the universe with his step dad, and yeah, that was pretty nice. But the ending, meeting Kyra Kelly (the artist) in the line for the airplane, if it wasn't in a book, but in real life (ie actually happening beyond the imagination of the author and the editors/publishers and the readers) you'd be thinking some pretty big thoughts.
In Honor was a nice, sweet, and marvellous book. It just has to be checked out!
Author: Jessi Kirby
Read: February 8th, 2013
Reason Why: Enjoyed her Debut novel! And it's a JFF Book!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 8th 2012