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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  8,550 ratings  ·  737 reviews
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
May 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, young-adult, 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 fr
Aj the Ravenous Reader

A beautifully written story of grief and loss shared by the main characters, Honor and her brother’s best friend Rusty as they embark on an impromptu road trip (even though the last thing they want is to be around each other’s company) to honor the memory of Finn, Honor’s brother who died while on battle.

I feel like I could see a pattern in Ms. Jessy Kirby’s stories. They’re usually about grief written in a very lyrical but realistic manner without overwhelming the reader with too much emotion
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-
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
Norah Una Sumner
4.5 stars

First of all, Jessi, you cannot just write a book including 67 Chevy Impala and Kansas music and not expect me to picture Rusty like this:


Second of all, thank you for including these things in your book. LOVE YOU!

Now, the review. When I like a book I usually write a short review because I feel like I’m just ruining the beauty of it by analysing it. So, I just wanted to say that Jessi Kirby’s characters are always real and complex – that’s what’s so awesome about them, you can easily rel
Apr 22, 2012 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
Jan 26, 2015 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
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:
Jun 22, 2012 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
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 06, 2012 rated it 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
Jul 21, 2011 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
“And I did—love Rusty. I loved him in a way that had everything to do with how our past and our present had come together over the miles of highway we’d traveled, how our back then and our now had led us here, to this tiny point on the map. I closed the space between us with a single step and reached my arms around him—a small gesture to tell him so, and he pulled me in close and rested his chin on my head. Standing there together like that felt right as rain, and I knew that after everything, ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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 similaritie
Laurence R.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charley Cook
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
There was nothing wrong with this book per se but there was no real 'romance' for a romance book and I just feel like I've read this storyline a thousand times ...more
May 30, 2012 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
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
Jul 27, 2011 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
Jan 23, 2012 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
HOLY CRAP. I love this book. And I was convinced I wouldn't. I'm never believing myself again. ...more
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
Jul 27, 2011 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
Aug 31, 2011 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
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
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First Thoughts:

Wow, I absolutely loved this book; it’s one of those books where you just want to keep on reading till the very last page. It has a lot of the emotions mixed together and I loved how the author was able to take a completely depressing issue and bring life to it; she made it inspirational. I loved reality based stories and this one was no exception, the author’s writing was beautiful, the characters were easy to connect with and the pace was extremely fast…this is one book I won’t
In Honor was a really good summer read that was not only fun and entertaining, but also heartfelt and able to deal with difficult real-life issues in a very honest and straight-forward way. I think my favorite thing about this book was that it was so refreshingly realistic and the characters were very easy to relate to.

Honor has just graduated from high school-- and gone through her brother's funeral after finding out that he was killed in combat while fighting in the Middle East. All of a sudde
"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 h
Jenni Arndt
May 08, 2012 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.

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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.” 10 likes
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