Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: May 8th OUT NOW!
Synopsis: 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)
Review: I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. All I knew was that the summary lured me in; it had the feel of realistic fiction that I crave and an emotional vibe, so I grabbed a few tissues before I began reading!
First off, let me just say that if Kleenex tissues and Simon & Schuster came together and did a little marketing pairing I think they could really make something work!! Because wow-- yes, I am an emotional reader but I have never opened a book where the very first paragraph had my eyes blurred with tears. And that didn't stop until about halfway through the entire book! And of course started up again later on.
Okay enough with the crying... let's get to how wonderful this book really is.
Author Jessi Kirby writes about a young girl who sets off to fulfill her brother's wishes; he had left her in a letter he sent that arrived to her- several days after his funeral. Finn sends Honor two tickets to see a Kyra Kelley concert on the coast of California and asks Honor to tell her all him. To Honor, the idea seemed silly but this was her recently deceased brother and the only way she knew how to deal with his loss... to accompany her on the trip was her brother's not so welcomed friend Rusty. Honor and Rusty set out on a journey to Texas to California; they both struggling with the loss of Finn- a brother and a friend. Along the way the trip leads them to more than just overcoming their grief-- because lets face it, there are many stages of grief of and every person goes through them at a different pace. Along the way they start to find each other and within that they began to find themselves. Reality is an easy thing to oversee when it's clouded with grief.
A beautiful setting and the writing just blew me away. I could almost taste the desert air. This was my first Jessi Kirby Novel, but I'll be sure to read Moonglass now because I loved how her writing had a graceful flow that stayed consistent- with minor subtleties of life's ups and downs throughout the storyline.
I belief the reason I truly adored this book is because Jessi makes a simple plot and with adorable characters that you want to love right away; well, Honor and Finn at least. Rusty will grow on you! And because death is a familar topic- whether it is personal or someone you know- we all have an experience that is associated with loss; and so we already have a connection with Honor and feel as though as a reader we are on this road trip with her! Every obstacle, every leap, every success, and every emotional breakthrough that Honor goes through... I was there right along with her; In Honor captures a readers heart.
And although I started to believe that this book wasn't going to end the way I had imagined it would... it didn't actually; it was even better!!