Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

In Honor
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Age Group: Teen
Source: Purchased from Barnes and Noble
Amazon     Barnes and Noble     IndieBound
Rating: 3  out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor 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 Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

My Thoughts

Wow, this book is an emotional one!  I liked this book.  I liked Rusty and Honor for the most part.  Did I love it, though?  No.

I don’t really have too much to say about this book.  The characters are pretty well developed, and the story arc is good.  The emotions of Honor and Rusty felt pretty realistic, and I can imagine most people feeling the way they did in this situation.  There is something that I want to vent about though.  I realize that I tend to have spoilers in my review when something really bothers me in a books.  But this blog is a way for me to discuss books, and often when something frustrates me, I need to vent.  So below is a little spoiler.  I don’t think this would ruin the book for you, but be warned.  (text is in white font – highlight it to see the text)


What drove me beyond crazy was when Honor did not own up to breaking the window.  She let’s Rusty not only tell the police it was him, but then went ahead and said stupid things on purpose so Honor wouldn’t get into any trouble  AND SHE LET HIM!  Not only did she watch the police car drive away with Rusty in the back seat with HANDCUFFS on, but she didn’t do anything after that.  She didn’t try to get to the police station to let them know she was the one who broke the window.  She didn’t even call.  She just sat on the beach for HOURS, and when Rusty gets out, all by himself, and he comes back to find her still on the beach just sitting there.  I mean, OMG!  That was so annoying.  Who does that?  Espeically after everything Rusty told her about why Finn joined the military!  It was the most ridiculous thing.  I literally got all teary eyed because I was so annoyed with her.  I wanted to scream at Honor.  Seriously.  I don’t think I have been that frustrated with a character in a book in a long time.

I know liking the MC of a book is not a requirement for the book to be good, but it is kind of a requirement for me.  I need to like the MC.  The MC does not need to be perfect, and the MC can make mistakes, and I will still like her/him.  That being said, when Honor just stood around stupidly while Rusty was taken away, well, any of my fondness for her pretty much disappeared.  I can’t help it.  It is just how I feel.

End Spoilers

So, I thought this book was okay.  It was a realistic story about dealing with the death of a loved one.  I didn’t love it because Honor frustrated me.  Again (in case you didn’t read the spoilers), liking a MC isn’t as big a requirement for everyone as it is for me.  Maybe I am over reacting to the actions (or should I say inactions?) of Honor, but I can’t help it.  But if you like contemporary YA books, do give this one a try.  I think it is worth reading.  I just needed to vent about that part of the book because it left me so frustrated.

If you’ve read the book, I would love to hear you reactions to that part of the story, or any part, really.

Meg Cabot Highlights
(I went to see Meg Cabot in Independence, Ohio – such a cute town! – on Saturday.  Here are some things from the event)

  • She was amazing!  So funny, charming and very relatable!  If you ever get a chance to see her, don’t miss it!
  • Although pretty much everyone was female (a few men were there, but no more than 10, I think), they were all ages.  From children who were fans of her Allie Finkle series, to teens, young adults in their twenties, and then women in their 30s, 40s, and up.  I think that is one of the best things about Meg Cabot’s many books.  There is something for people of all ages.
  • The kids were so awesome, and had so many questions for her!  Meg Cabot was great answering their questions too.
  • Meg Cabot mentioned a book called Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons that she loved reading when she was younger.  Can’t wait to put this on hold!
  • Meg Cabot started writing The Princess Diaries when her mother began dating Cabot’s past teacher.  Originally Mia was a 30 year old, but Cabot’s friend told her that didn’t make sense, so Mia became a 15 year old.
  • There were so many people there, and I waited in line for at least an hour (maybe more) to have my books signed.  It was totally worth it!
  • Although my mom took  a picture of me and Meg Cabot, my mom wasn’t the best with the iPhone camera.  The picture was all blurry, so I can’t really show it.  But here is a picture of her signing books:

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

  1. Briana says:

    I’ve seen this book around and it looks as if it has a pretty good premise. But there are just so many books I want to read that I haven’t gotten to it yet.

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