Publication Date: May 8, 2012Review: I wanted to love this book SO BADLY. Seriously. I was pining for this book so hard, and I was so excited when I first started reading. But I soon found that I was not losing myself into the book. I kept feeling disconnected or not fully invested. That should've been a warning.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 240
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?
I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy the book. I did enjoy it! I liked it quite a lot. Just not as much as I'd hoped. Honor bothered me. She was very naive and impulsive. Usually, I enjoy impulsive characters, as long as they can accept and comprehend the consequences. However, Honor didn't seem to do that. And by the end of the book, I was hoping for more growth in her character than what was shown. Again, don't get me wrong, she did develop into a more mature young lady. Yet, she still wasn't quite mature enough.
Jessi Kirby is a fabulous writer, though. Her prose is so wonderful. If I weren't so lazy, I would get out my nook to quote some passages, but alas, I am that lazy. Some phrases stuck with me throughout my whole reading experience. Jessi Kirby's writing is not poetic, but it's still very beautiful. She especially depicts grief and freedom extremely well.
I'm very glad there wasn't a huge romantic plot in this book. If there was a big romance in it, I would think that it's out of place. Luckily, Jessi Kirby manages to drop just a few doses of love. But Honor does say that she loves Rusty by the end, which irked me quite a lot. Mostly because I never fell for Rusty while reading.
I feel like I'm just complaining. I'm sorry! I don't mean to come across that way! I actually did like this book a lot. It was just a tad disappointing and I couldn't fully invest myself into the book. In Honor is a heartwarming story about grief, love, and uncovering who you are along with what you want to do. I would definitely recommend it to contemporary readers, especially fans of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
3.5 keys. Almost a 4, but not quite.