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.
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