Wed, April 25, 2012

In Honor by Jessi Kirby Book Review

In Honor by Jessi Kirby book cover

In Honor
By Jessi Kirby
Publication date: May 8, 2012
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 240 pages
Source: Borrowed from Ginger

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*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.

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  1. Lori said:

    I LOVED this book so much!! I think I repeat Tim Riggins in my review at least 8 times. 😉 The book was good all on its own but add my love of FNL to it and that made it pretty amazing! Texas Forever. 🙂
    I agree with you about the end…I wish there could have been more.

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  2. Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve said:

    Ha! My boyfriend grew up on a farm and calls them shit kickers as well!

    This book looks super cute! I didn’t read Moonglass, but I definitely will try to find In Honor!

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  3. Meg @ A Bookish Affair said:

    Oh this sounds really, really good. I’m on the look out for good summer reads. I love to read a little lighter when the weather gets hot.

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  4. Tara said:

    Review twins! (sort of)

    Oh Rusty and the FNL similarities…SWOON.

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  5. jen said:

    this book was amazing. TIM RIGGINS. honestly, tim riggins.

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  6. Anita said:

    Ok, I was kind of undecided whether or not to add this to my “To-read” shelf (an ever-growing, never-diminishing list) but after your reference to FNL I am SOLD. I only discovered this show (I know, I KNOW!) recently enough but I am completely hooked! Studying for finals has gone out the window… woops!

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  7. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    Yap, yap, yap. That’s how I felt reading your review. I did want a bit more at the end, too. I like endings that aren’t always perfectly wrapped up for us, but I KINDA WANNA KNOW how Honor’s story moves forward. There’s more to be told here.

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  8. capillya said:

    I own me a pair of SK’s! Heh. That nickname cracks me up. Although mine are pretty dull compared to hers on the cover! 😉

    Any reference to FNL makes me automatically interested. Is there Saracen-alike? Because he was my absolute FAVORITE.

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  9. April Books & Wine said:

    Sigh. I need to actually sit down and watch FNL soooooon. Like all the cool kids are into it!

    Also? Drinking and dancing, I am down for that.

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  10. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    RUSTY! and balls. – good lord that scene made me laugh so hard.

    You already know how much I adore this book & the woman who wrote it. So glad you loved it, too!

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  11. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    Saving this one for a bright sunny spring day when I can put on my red cowboy boots! 🙂 Can’t wait to read it.

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  12. elena said:

    You had me at Friday Night Lights! I like that it’s equal parts sweet and sad, a perfect combo.

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  13. Emilie said:

    Hi Anna! The book sound great! Think I’ll save it for the summer though, so I get that whole roadtrip feeling 🙂
    Just a little btw down here:
    I’ve always loved your blog and now I’ve started my own 🙂 It’s not much and I really have no idea what I’m doing 😛 Please check it out 🙂 ? Just did a review of the Selection.

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  14. Abigail said:

    oh goodness. i need to add this to my list. sigh. i love road trips. and if i could falling in love (i’m assuming that happens) on a road trip!

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