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?
— Goodreads.com description
Such a cute read! In Honor by Jessi Kirby is the perfect book to bring along on summer road trips.
I mean it: This book made me want to put on my cowboy boots (or “shit-kickers” as my husband so affectionately refers to them) and go for a drive. It made me want to go drinking and dancing too.
The vibe of In Honor is definitely Friday Night Lights-esque, and if I’m to believe everything on the interwebs, that may have been part of the inspiration. And how great is that?! Who doesn’t love FNL?*
Part of that comparison means there’s some definite grittiness, lightheartedness and heartfelt moments, all mixed together perfectly. I said it’s a cute read – and it is – but much of In Honor is about grief. It’s equal parts sweet and sad.
My only complaint might be that it went too fast! At the end, I sort of felt unsettled, like I needed MORE. But, I suppose that means I really loved the characters and wanted to spend more time with them.
There’s some truly beautiful scenes that took my breath away. Contemporary fans, you’ll eat this one up.
*If you don’t, you should. Clear eye full hearts can’t lose! I love Matt Saracen. I could do multiple additional posts so I’ll stop myself here.