Friday, February 22, 2013

Jen's Thoughts: In Honor by Jessi Kirby


Published: May 5, 2012
Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 235pgs
Source: Shanyn
Goodreads Summary: 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?

I'm all about "coming of age" books. Not to mention "overcoming struggles" books. Jessi Kirby excels in these, from what I've experienced with Moonglass and expected no different from In Honor.

Except that In Honor features a Tim Riggins-esque character to help along the way. I'm not kidding you. This entire novel, I pictured a drunken, unshowered (but still appealing, duh) Taylor Kitsch with his plaid shirt and scrubby jeans and cowboy books, reclined, lazy, and making every single comment that Rusty made.

Honor made me cry. She was just SO SAD. And who could blame her, really? Her brother died. And sends her tickets to go see her favorite pop star across the country. This gesture was so incredibly sweet and moving that my heart really had no other choice than to break for her. So um, road trip? ROAD TRIP. Except a-hole Rusty is going, who maybe might turn out to be not such an a-hole.

I can't even describe the romance, other than it's a good one. It's slow like molasses but SEXY molasses. And don't think Kirby doesn't throw you a bone every now and again. She's not without mercy. There are MOMENTS. And they're so good, they hurt.

This is one of those books where I'm grasping tightly onto every single word written. Very much like Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, Jessi Kirby's book has an overbearing sadness to it. But there is a sliver of hope and SO MUCH GOOD in there, too. Heavy emphasis placed on the little moments: a look, a touch, a breath. Things you'd think wouldn't have much of an impact unless you experience them yourself. WRONG. Kirby has this ability to speak things into existence and I swear you can feel it.

19 comments:

  1. Loved this one. Wait til you experience Golden, Kirby went ABOVE & BEYOND with that one!!

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  2. I love FNL but I never got the Riggins love. I was a Coach and Zach fan-bad boys just don't really do it for me. I didn't really like this book (I think I dislike road trip books) but I'm hoping that Golden will be a good experience for me since I did mostly like Moonglass.

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    1. Honestly, I was a Coach & Saracen fan, too. I usually like the broken ones, but Riggins wasn't my #1 in FNL.

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  3. Sigh. I don't know if this book suffered from such high expectation for me, or what but I just didn't love it as much as everyone else. I'm a huge fan of Moonglass, and I am overjoyed to hear how amazing Golden is... I think it was the ending. It just didn't work for me. But I did love the margarita chapter and all the imagery with the stars. So beautiful. I think, down the line, I am going to have to read it again.

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    1. The margarita chapter was my favorite, Honor cracked me up it was like listening in on a friend's drunken thoughts.

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  4. You know, I've kind of ignored this book even though I've heard good things about it, but that little comparison to Something Like Normal now has me totally sold. I never would have picked up Something Like Normal if it wasn't for your review of it and you didn't steer me wrong there, so CLEARLY I need to give this one a shot :)

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  5. I read this last year and really liked it. I love your Tim Riggins comparison, totally appropriate.

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  6. I actually wasn't a huge fan of this book. Mainly because I didn't really like Honor all that much. And I hated the part toward the end where Rusty is arrested. I can't tell you how frustrated that made me.

    But I know so many people that loved this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. I'm not much for road-trip books (they don't seem to love me the way they love everyone else), but I do love the way you describe this one. I'm all for slow-burn romance as opposed to instalove, and characters that I can feel an emotional connection for are even better. Honor sounds like my kind of girl!

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  8. Yes! I very much agree. I LOVE it when the smallest moments are highlighted, and that was one of my (many) favorite things about this book. ♥

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  9. I really liked this one! (I loved Moonglass more for some reason -- despite how much I LOVE road trip novels). Still a really solid book just not my fave! I'm so looking forward to Golden!

    I totally loved the slow burn romance of this and the tension. I was just like please just KISS. PLEASE. Even though Rusty pissed me off sometimes (and so did Honor). One of my fave parts of this book honestly was when she went with that boy into the pool thinger at night (it's been a long time since I've read this so I forget what it was exactly).

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  10. I can't say I have ever heard of sexy molasses but whatever it is, it must be good! Also I like myself a good cry just as long as there is a bit of romance in there (you mentioned MOMENTS, so that's all I need to hear). I must get my butt in gear because this book sound freaking awesome.

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  11. I loved this book so much. I could gush about it for hours, Jessi Kirby is amazing. I am so excited for Golden to come out.

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  12. I want to read this book so much. I just read Golden and it was my first Jessi Kirby but it was a FANTASTIC reading experience. I will for sure be back for more.

    Sexy molasses. That is so awesome.

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  13. I really liked this one -- and the scenes in the car, oh la. Any book that takes me on a ride along with Tim Riggins, count me in! Sexy molasses, hehe. :)

    -Maggie

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  14. In Honor was my first experience with Jessi Kirby's writing - and I loved it. She has a way of making things sound so, so beautiful. And I loved reading about Rusty and Honor!

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  15. I really need to pick up In Honor -- I love road trips and coming of age.

    And yayyy Tim Riggins.

    ALSO! The mention of SLN practically does have me putting this on my must order list.

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