In Honor by Jessi Kirby | Book ReviewIn Honor by Jessi Kirby
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 8th 2012
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 235

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?

What I thought

I went shopping with my sister yesterday and on our way back she told me about In Honor. As I am a pretty big sucker for road trip stories (which I blame on the fact that it’s summer, and summer just calls for a good road trip), I immediately started reading this book when we arrived back home. Surprise surprise, I’ve already finished it.

I’ve been stuck in this huge reading funk for the past month. I haven’t read a lot, at all, but In Honor was just the kind of read I was looking for. It’s a good story, with solid characters and an engaging plot. It’s the kind of book that you just fly through. You reach the end before you even realize it. There’s no excessive descriptions, the writing is short and to the point and this adds to the short but powerful journey the characters are making.

I really liked how this story came together. It tackles friendship, loss, and self-discovery beautifully. For a relatively short story it packs a punch, I laughed, but also shed a little tear here and there. It’s extremely light on romance, which I am grateful about, because a big romance would have ruined the story for me. Instead, at the end, we’re left with just the possibility of a little more. Something for the reader to fill in for themselves.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!In Honor is a short, but very enjoyable story. Jessi Kirby’s writing has a quiet strength to it that just makes you want to keep reading. You’ve reached the end of the story before you know it.  Perfect read to kick off the summer with!