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In Honor by Jessi Kirby
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Aug 14, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, summer-reads, 5-star-reads

Review originally posted on my blog:

I first fell in love with Jessi Kirby's writing in her debut novel, Moonglass. Her ability to create a story centered around a character's personal growth really hit home with me. In both novels, grief plays a heavy role. What I adore so much about Jessi Kirby's story-telling is that she does not focus on the death per-say, but rather the life that still needs to be lived.

The main character Honor has just be given the news that her brother has been killed while serving the military in Iraq. What we soon learn is that her brother is (was) the closest living relative to Honor. The brother-sister duo have grown up relying on each other ever since their parents passed away when they were young children. Honor has always looked up to her brother for guidance and reassurance. She never quite understood his reasons for joining the military and leaving her behind. In the wake of his death, Honor discovers a letter that he had written to her months before. In this letter are tickets to a concert 3 states away and one last request of fulfilling a dream. With her college plans about to unfold, Honor makes a split decision to road trip it to California, per her dead brother's request. On the day her journey is to begin, she runs in to Rusty - her brother's best friend, who's been absent from their lives for quite some time.

As these two characters agree to drive out of Texas and in to the barren desert together, it's obvious this journey is much more than just complying with her brother's letter, and more about self discovery and moving on. Immediately I was drawn in to the physical landscape of where this road took them. Jessi Kirby does an amazing job of describing scenery in her stories, so much that I can feel the hot sun beating down on me, and the dry sand circling around in my hair. There is a particular scene in this book that takes place at a majestic watering hole in the middle of the desert. I was in awe of the beauty being described, but it was the emotion of that particular scene which left me breathless. Hand over my heart, sighing a heavy sigh of, wow that is some damn good writing.

This review would not be complete without the mention of the unbearable, yet so so satisfying tension between Honor and Rusty. It's obvious these two characters have a past as childhood friends. Now that they've matured and have become seasoned souls, it's their experiences through laughter, wit, sarcasm, and the joint love for Honor's brother for which pull them together and facilitate this story forward. As the final chapter ended my initial thought was: MORE! I want more! When a book leaves you wanting more from the characters, the story, the adventure, that is always a good sign. I adore Jessi Kirby, as she is now becoming one of my favorite YA contemporary writers. I will pretty much read anything with her name on it :)

I realize I have written this review insanely early from it's publication date, but it's THAT good I had to share my thoughts immediately about it. In the mean time, if you have not already, check out Jessi Kirby's debut novel, Moonglass.

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Reading Progress

August 14, 2011 – Shelved
January 23, 2012 – Shelved as: own
January 24, 2012 –
page 58
January 24, 2012 –
page 140
Started Reading
January 25, 2012 – Finished Reading
February 7, 2013 – Shelved as: summer-reads
September 14, 2014 – Shelved as: 5-star-reads

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message 1: by Sasha (new) - added it

Sasha yeeaaa-uhhh. :)

message 2: by Jen (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jen Halligan I'm so jealous! Once I got up the courage to ask for it at ALAMW, they were out of copies...

Yani of course you read this already lol :)

message 4: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Gerardo I want to read it now.

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