By Jessi Kirby
Three days after learning of her brother Finn’s death, Honor receives his last letter from Iraq. Devastated, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously sets off to California to fulfill it. At the last minute, she’s joined by Rusty, Finn’s former best friend. Rusty is the last person Honor wants to be with—he’s cocky and obnoxious, just like Honor remembers, and she hasn’t forgiven him for turning his back on Finn when he enlisted. But as they cover the dusty miles together in Finn’s beloved 1967 Chevy Impala, long-held resentments begin to fade, and Honor and Rusty struggle to come to terms with the loss they share. As their memories of Finn merge to create a new portrait, Honor’s eyes are opened to a side of her brother she never knew—a side that shows her the true meaning of love and sacrifice.
So, as I'm sure my readers have noticed (are you still out there??), I've been on a hiatus. I got really sick and then married! So, good and bad in there lol Now, let's get back to being active on this blog of mine!
In Honor is a road trip and tearjerker all in one. I tend to stay away from stories that are military related (I don't know why, not my cup of tea?), but I remember hearing off of a book tuber that this was a good book.
And it most definitely was.
The story takes place in a matter of days, but Honor experiences a lifetime of sadness, anger, understanding and finally some sort of acceptance during those days. I wasn't expecting to fall for the story like I did. Honor is a likable character whose POV relates to that of a real teenager (in my opinion). The story is a quick read and a worthy one at that. The story had its poignant moments that made me tear up and other moments of reflection that I can see helping some readers that have gone through or are going through grief. The story in itself works as a symbolic visit through the different stages of grief. Don't get me wrong, there is humor in the story - but it's the sad parts that stick with you.