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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 lo ...more
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Jun 04, 2012 Emily May rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance, 2012

You know, I really only have myself to blame for this. I knew it was a bad idea to take on a novel that is both a contemporary romance and a road trip story. Normally, I tend to do my best to avoid either, but there was just something in me that hoped this book would be the exception, that I would fall in love with Rusty as most girls undoubtedly will. But I found everything about this overly simplistic and just rather boring.

Honor's brother died in Iraq and she has received a late letter from
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Maggie
My unofficial title for In Honor is 33 Shades of Blue. This isn't mommy porn; this is straight up Maggie porn.

There are a lot of reasons to read In Honor -- likable main character, road trip to California, scuba diving (who knew it could be so hot?), and some really beautiful images of nature. But really, there's ONE main reason:

Tim Riggins.

Before I digress, and I will digress, let's talk plot. In Honor begins with our main character, Honor, at the funeral of her beloved older brother, Finn. 18-
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Ariana
Heartbreakingly beautiful..



Oh, sometimes I think that I’m so done with tragic books.
They break me in a way nothing else does. They tear my heart apart, splitting it into a million pieces for the wind to blow away. I love them and hate them with the power of hurricanes because they get to me in such whay that they are even able to make me cry, but I can seem to be able to stay away from them and it all comes down to me finding another wonderful story to lock into my heart forever.

"There’s a big
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♥Rachel♥
May 13, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: road-trip

Honor has just buried her older brother Finn. He was killed in action while on duty in Iraq. After a long day at the funereal, Honor comes home to find a letter waiting for her from him. She had always been nagging him to write her a "real" letter instead of sending emails. She finally got her wish but ironically, this would be Finn's last communication with Honor. In the letter, he sends a gift of tickets of a favorite singer, Kyra Kelley's farewell concert. The concert is in California, severa
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Pinky
Sep 17, 2015 Pinky rated it really liked it
I am so glad that I read this book, it took me out of my huge reading slump. Do you know how much I hate reading slumps? Anyway, this book was really good, the only problem I had with it was how long it was. I didn't like the ending much either because it was an open ending. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AND I NEED MORE!! This book is really similar to Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, but it does have different characters who are so different from that book.

Honor finds out that her older brothe
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Melannie :)
Someone just steal MY idea of the PERFECT book!
And wrote it and published it.
And it's gonna be in my hands in May next year (or sooner if I manage to get an ARC, I'm ready to sell my kidney!)

All I have to say to this book is:
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Noelle
May 14, 2012 Noelle rated it really liked it
Rusty's last name is Riggins and you can't convince me otherwise. And at first--believe it or not--I wasn't sure if that was a good thing. (Sacrilege, I know!) In the beginning Rusty was so close to Tim Riggins of Friday Night Lights fame that I found myself subconsciously gifting Rusty with all of Tim's backstory and hard-earned character development. About a third into the book I realized that Rusty had hardly any of his own. Let's just say I had a crisis of Rusty faith. Was Rusty just a Tim R ...more
Arlene
During the Summer Luvin' Tour, Kirby read an excerpt of this novel and upon hearing that it involved a road trip I was all sorts of excited. However, I was quickly grounded when I discovered why Honor, the protag, embarks on this road trip in the first place. See, Honor should be planning for the most exciting time of her life… her freshmen year in college; however she is dealt a devastating blow when she learns that her brother is killed while fighting in Iraq. Hours after her brother’s funeral ...more
Keertana
Jun 30, 2012 Keertana rated it it was ok
In Honor is one of those confusing books that you’re not sure whether or not to read simply because of all the mixed reviews. You do know for sure though that you’ll either wind up being one of those people who love it or one of those people who hate it. Unfortunately, I find myself in the latter position. For some reason, I expected In Honor to be very similar to Saving June. Both novels were centered around a road trip and at the core of their stories was a girl who had just lost a sibli ...more
Lisa
Jun 24, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
In Honor sits between a 2 and 3 Star rating for me.

This was a charming story about friendship, loss and grief. Honor, our main protagonist, has just lost her brother who was deployed in Iraq and decides to go on a road trip because of a letter she receives from her brother after his death. Rusty, her brother’s best friend, essentially decides to go along on this trip.

Honor was a likable enough character; however, I was unable to truly relate to or empathize with her. I simply felt no real connec
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Cara
Jun 28, 2012 Cara rated it liked it
I fully expected to fall head over heels for this book. I mean a road trip with a crazy destination? Two people who are trying to work out their grief with the background of southwest America? Sounds golden and it was in some aspects. But I'm sorry guys there was some stuff I couldn't ignore.

Ok so what's this book about? Honor's brother has passed away. He enlisted in the Marine Corp fresh out of high school and a year later he dies in the Iraq war. Honor is getting ready to go to the college of
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Tânia
May 16, 2012 Tânia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: road-trip, ebook
Am I the only one who made the connection to the TV Show Supernatural? For starters, the author lets us know about these two inseparable friends that are like brothers who enjoy riding in the shiny black 1967 Chevy Impala that Finn worked so hard to put together, and I couldn’t help but associate them with Sam & Dean. And then around chapter nine, Rusty’s driving the car when he pumps up the radio volume and starts singing Wayward Son by Kansas… I know, right?

But moving on, since the similar
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Laurence
Jan 05, 2016 Laurence rated it really liked it
AHHHH I LOVED THE ENDING!!!
itslucybooks
Apr 29, 2015 itslucybooks rated it it was amazing
super recomendable! ame a Rusty!!!
deben leerlo :)
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Last year was pretty good for Jessi Kirby as far as I could see, because so many of my blogging friends adored her novel Golden. I heard nothing short of amazing about that book and everyone was speechless over her well-crafted characters and character-driven plot. I had high expectations for this author’s work, I’m not going to lie. Luckily, it wasn’t disappointment what was waiting ahead of me.


“I can't promise the universe is gonna tell you what to do with your life up there. But if you can ke
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Mands
In Honor by Jessi Kirby is set in Texas. Honor is seventeen years old and has graduated high school. She's also just buried her older brother, Finn, who was killed while serving as a Marine. Honor and Finn lost their parents when they were young and Honor has always depended on him and he has always been there for her, until now. She's meant to be off to college for orientation week but instead she hits the road with Finn's former best friend, Rusty, after receiving a letter from Finn, mailed be ...more
Kelly
Jun 02, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
This was a sweet story about friendship and about loss and grief, but it took quite a while for me to be fully invested in either Honor or Rusty. Much of the beginning and middle of the journey felt like they took too long, whereas parts of the second half of the book sped by (particularly when they get to California). (view spoiler) ...more
Duanur
Aug 26, 2012 Duanur rated it did not like it
After reading Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and loving every single page of it, I was so excited to read another contemporary romance about a road trip. Then I saw this book on goodreads and I was immediately hooked by the cover. Also I saw that it was about a road trip! I was like, "I.need.this."

I was expecting an adventurous road trip and a cute love story to make me go "awww" But what did I get? A road trip that had NO point what so ever. There was NO cute love at all. I didn't even like the c
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Juhina
Jan 11, 2016 Juhina rated it really liked it
In Honor was one of those books that I've bought and shelved for over a year. I wanted to read it because it was a road trip novel, but it also revolves around a girl who just lost her brother who was a soldier in Iraq. The book was short, and I really like Honor. Her pain was so raw and real, I couldn't help but cry and tear up every time she did. She ends up going on a road trip to a concert her brother sent her two tickets for before he died, thinking it is a message from the universe and she ...more
**Nicole
Nov 10, 2015 **Nicole rated it it was amazing
This was an emotional gut wrenching read for me. Honor has just buried her older brother after being killed in action. After coming home from the funeral she finally decided to open a letter that he had sent her before he died. In it, he included concert tickets and a letter and he told her to have an adventure and to go to the Kyra Kelly concert and tell her about him. Honor is supposed to be leaving for college orientation, and yet all she can think of is honoring her brother, Finn's last wish ...more
Kristina
Feb 23, 2012 Kristina rated it it was amazing
I know that 2012 just started, but I can easily say that In Honor is going to be one of my favorite reads of 2012! This book had everything and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy when it was over. All I want to do is read it again, and then again.

A few days after Honor finds out that her brother Finn has died, she receives a letter from him telling her to live her life. The first thing he wants her to do is go to Kyra Kelley's last concert, which somehow, from a war zone, he was able to score he
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Mesa
May 20, 2012 Mesa rated it it was ok
I remember seeing/reading exalting reviews for this book from other bloggers, and wanting to read it so badly. So when I finally got my own copy I was static to read it, I even stopped what I was reading to read it. But I’m sad to say, In Honor was a big disappointment for me. Instead of doing review, I thought I’d just list the reasons why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as other bloggers seems to do.

1. I wasn’t able to connect with both characters, Honor and Rusty. I felt for both for losing
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Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at Y.A. Love

Have you ever started reading a book and knew right away that you were going to love every single page? That’s how I felt when I started reading In Honor by Jessi Kirby. I can’t explain what about a book wins me over when I have this experience, but I’m happy about it nonetheless. I felt similarly when I read Jessi Kirby’s debut Moonglass as well. Her writing draws me in and doesn’t let go until I’ve finished her book.

I love that In Honor starts with Honor de
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Mei
"We were a constellation put in the sky-- two people holding hands, floating peacefully above everything else, in a beautiful, perfect moment."

Honor's brother Finn died in Iraq, so now she is consumed with grief. Their parents died in a car accident when she was just a baby, and her aunt takes care of her and Finn ever since. So when a late letter from Finn arrives with two concert tickets from Kyra Kelley, her favourite singer, she decides to go to California to see her and tell her about her
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Emily
HOLY CRAP. I love this book. And I was convinced I wouldn't. I'm never believing myself again.
Kari
I loved Jessi's debut, Moonglass, and let me say, In Honor does not disappoint. Once again, she's got absolutely stellar characters that you will fall in love with. With the perfect blend of grief and fun, this book is one of those that is emotional without being a constant kick in the gut, yet gets all the points across. I loved Honor's character, from the rough truths she has to face to watching her try to figure out what to do now that her brother, and the main person to really be there for a ...more
Justin
May 09, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing
In Honor is such a beautiful book. It's probably one of the more touching books I have ever read. It's just such a well written book, that has so much heart. Jessi did a fantastic job with this book, it's the first of hers that I have read but after reading In Honor I am definitely going to be checking out her other book whenever I get the chance.

This story really surprised me though. I knew it was going to be a really deep and touching story just from reading the description. I just didn't expe
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Kelly Hager
May 11, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
Honor's brother Finn was killed in action and, on the day of his funeral, she opens his last letter to her. Inside is a note full of all the things you'd want to hear in someone's last message to you, a surprise and a request. The surprise: two tickets to see her favorite singer in concert. The request: tell said singer about her (Honor's) "handsome older brother."

Honor decides spur of the moment to do it. The only hitch? The extra ticket ends up going to Rusty, Finn's best friend...well, before
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Jenni Arndt
Aug 06, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

I've been hearing a lot of good things about road trip novels, and when I told anyone that I had never read one I always got a very suprised response and was told to read on ASAP. Well I read my first road trip novel, it was In Honor and it was so much fun! This was a super quick read at just over 200 pages and I loved every page. There are a lot of details in this novel that weren't exactly original such as Rusty resembling Tim Riggins so much an
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Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day.

You can contact Jessi at jessi@jessikirby.com
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“Suspended as we were, with no horizon line or landscape or anything else to draw a separation between the water and the sky, I pictured us up there with the stars. Another story written in tiny lights. We were a constellation put in the sky-- two people holding hands, floating peacefully above everything else, in a beautiful, perfect moment.” 31 likes
“After a minute I leaned back, elbows on the table, and looked up for the twinkle of the first star in the evening sky. When we were little, it was a ritual Finn and I did on the front porch. He'd make his wish silently, and I would too, but I never could keep a secret; and I'd tell him what I wished every time. He'd always tell me it wouldn't come true, but I didn't believe him. I'd had plenty of them come true, from a new box of crayons showing up out of nowhere to a bag of candy left on my bed. It had been a while, though, and the only thing I'd wish for now was impossible. I found the first star in a patch of burnt-orange sky, above the crinkly purple mountains in the distance, and then I wished my brother back anyway.” 11 likes
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