AUTHOR Jessie Kirby
PUBLICATION May 8, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
READ July 23, 2012
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.I've been hearing a lot of good things about road trip novels, and when I told anyone that I had never read one I always got a very suprised response and was told to read on ASAP. Well I read my first road trip novel, it was In Honor and it was so much fun! This was a super quick read at just over 200 pages and I loved every page. There are a lot of details in this novel that weren't exactly original such as Rusty resembling Tim Riggins so much and Kyra Kelley is quite obviously the books version of Taylor Swift, "...it was perfect that Kyra was singing a song about a no-good, small-town guy who was just plain mean.", "... And with Kyra Kelley who was singing about wishing she'd never had to grow up." Taylor Swifts "Mean" and "Never Grow Up", anyone? So, while it's not the most original story I've ever read all the components are there for a fun engrossing read.
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?
Honor was a great main character, and seeing the story through her eyes was great. She had been through a lot, lost both of her parents at a young age and became quite attached to her brother Finn. When Finn dies in the line of duty she takes his first and only handwritten letter that she receives as a sort of last wish for him that she must fulfill. She takes the two concert tickets that he sends and sets out on a mission to tell Kyra Kelley about how great her brother is. I felt her pain at losing the most important person in the world to her, and I understood her need to completely one last thing in his honor. Of course the trip doesn't go exactly as planned and when Finn's old best friend Rusty joins the trip things get interesting.
Rusty's hot, that's all there is to it. As someone who was addicted to Friday Night Lights the parallels to the hottie that is Tim Riggins are quite obvious. He's a down-home country footballer who has his demons in his past and finds refuge in a bottle of booze. But underneath that exterior you just know that he cares more than you can ever know, and the little glimpses he gives to his sweet side make you weak in the knees. There's something about the taming of the typical bad boy that is so enticing. Every girl wants to be the one to tame him, the one he finally settles down for. As Rusty's true intentions become clear in the novel you can't help but actually "awww" out loud.
Honor and Rusty's trip is an adventure that anyone would love to go on. They get opportunities to do things they never thought they would, and they deal with their grief as a pair. In Honor has the perfect balance of sadness, romance and fun. It is a novel that can easily be read in a single sitting and takes you through its own array of emotions, so if you are heading for a day at the beach this summer I definitely think you should pack this in your beach bag.