Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bookanitsas: In Honor

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 knew I would love this book when Jessi Kirby read from it at the Summer Lovin' tour with Morgan Mattson and Jenny Han and I started crying right there in Barnes & Noble. There was just something about the idea of Honor getting this letter from her dead brother and feeling this need to carry out his final request that just got me right there, you know? 

And I was right, I did love this book. I read through the whole thing in one Lazy Sunday sitting. I loved Honor's journey...not only the physical journey from Texas to California but also the journey of grief, acceptance, and understanding that she takes with Rusty in tow. She is going through so much with the death of her brother and we see her slowly transform with each stop on their trip and each encounter with someone on their journey.

Her rocky relationship with Rusty is very natural. It's obvious they have a past, and they start off in a very hostile place with one another. Slowly they open up about Finn and share their memories and feelings and they soften toward one another. I liked how natural this was. (However, I feel like I am really missing on some of the Rusty love because I have never seen an episode of FNL.) And, without any spoilers, I really love how the story between Rusty and Honor wrapped up. And that's all I will say. 

In Honor is a perfect summer read. It's all about saying goodbye and new beginnings, and it's perfect for a summer afternoon by the pool.

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today:


LiLa Roecker interviews an Actual Young Adult
Shannon Messenger celebrates SURRENDER – with arc giveaway
Stasia Ward Kehoe unearths “shadowy” YA titles
Jessica Love is all about IN HONOR
Christine Fonseca interviews author Jo Ramsey

21 comments:

  1. Gah! You keep posting about books I own but haven't had a chance to start yet! (Well, Gadsby is basically ridiculous bc I've had it for years...)

    I can't wait to read In Honor! Especially because I already know Jessi's a phenomenal writer. Plus she's pretty awesome all around!

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    1. Yes, Jessi is awesome and this book is so much fun!

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  2. I keep hearing great things about this. Plus, that dress is super-cute!

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    1. It is, isn't it? Especially with those boots :-)

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  3. This book has so many elements that make it feel perfect for my tastes... The day I'm off my book-buying-ban, this one's going in my cart (along with The Great Gatsby!). Thanks for another fantastic review, Jess!

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    1. This one is RIGHT up your alley, Katy! I know you'll love it.

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  4. I think I need to buy this one...I've heard nothing but good things!

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  5. This one sounds so good. And I love the cover: old car, cool dress, dusty road--sign me up!

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    1. I know, and it's all straight out of the book, too. I love that.

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  6. This sounds great. I'm putting it on the list. :)

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  7. This sounds like a lovely book! I'm gonna need books like this after my exams.

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  8. Sounds like a great read and PERFECT for summer. Probably won't do much to cure me of this summertime wanderlust thing I have going on, but that's okay.

    The cover does make me want to buy a gingham dress, though. :)

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    1. Yeah, it really does make you want to get in the car and go somewhere...in boots and a dress.

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  9. Ah, so a physical and mental road trip if you will. Cool. I am headed over to Amazon to scope out the reviews.

    Pssst, don't cry in Barnes and Nobles, they may think you're EMO. lol

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  10. Oh, the people at B&N KNOW I'm emo! ;-)

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  11. I like the sound of this book - I haven't read many road trip novels, so I'd like to try this one. Random musing: If this gets reprinted in the UK, will they change the title to 'In Honour'? lol.

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