From Goodreads: 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?
So In Honor is one of those books that I had heard really amazing things about and Rachel had been begging me to read it for ages, but I just didn't get around to it. Then I finally did, and I loved it, but I'm a complete fail of a blogger so I haven't written the review until now.
Anyway, on to the awesome road trip that is this book! It isn't exactly a secret that I love road trip books. The long drives and more than one instance when things go wrong make for a really interesting read. This road trip wasn't any different. If anything, more goes wrong than in other books I've read. Honor's trip wasn't planned, or thought out. When she sees the last letter her brother sent her, she packs quickly and jumps in the car, bringing Rusty along as a last minute decision.
I'm definitely glad she decided to bring Rusty, because I absolutely LOVED him. In the beginning, he is kind of a jerk and Honor hates him because of a fight he had with her brother years before. But he was her brother's best friend, and he's hurting just as much as she his. Plus, he helped Finn build the car that they are both driving in, and Honor knows absolutely nothing about cars. So along the way, they start to have the realization that they can help each other. I loved watching the relationship between the two of them change. And maybe, maybe there is some kissing that happens. Maybe.
This book wasn't all light and fluffy. Honor and Rusty were both struggling with the difficult death of her brother and the story focused on that instead of being really romancy or anything. I also liked the way Jessi Kirby chose to end the book. There was just the right amount of happiness mixed in with a bit of frustration. It's the kind of ending that doesn't give you all of the answers, but gives you enough to have hope for the characters.
So if you like road trip books and you liked Moonglass, then I suggest you pick up In Honor. They're both really good reads, and I am officially committed to reading anything Jessi Kirby writes.