Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Borrowed
IBSN: 9781442416970

A devastating loss leads to an unexpected road trip in this novel from the author of Moonglass, whose voice Sarah Dessen says “is fresh and wise, all at once.”

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?


Jessi Kirby was a breakout last year among contemporary YA fans with Moonglass. Now I must say that she has done something that is hard to do: Followed it up with a book that is somehow even better than her first. I really enjoyed Moonglass, but I loved In Honor even more.

Somehow, the sadness of the story surprised me. I was thinking that the death of her brother had happened awhile before the story starts, but no, the book starts off with Honor at her brother’s funeral. It was so heartbreaking and I didn’t even know the characters yet. There’s something about Taps that just guts me. I don’t even have to hear it, apparently I can just read about it and be sad. In Honor had me emotional from page 1. I really liked that.

The story unfolds slowly as Honor and Rusty make their way across the desert so that Honor can fulfill her brother’s last wishes. Yes, this is a road trip book. Complete with classic rock–Tom Petty and Kansas! The story also has a depth that will surprise some readers. So much of it is about grief, but also about Honor growing up.

Rusty…sigh. You know he’s based off of Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, right? And you know how much I love FNL and Tim Riggins, right? OMG, you guys. Tim Riggins…I might just repeat his name for the rest of the review…Rusty had the same bad boy/lady’s man attitude, he was a football star, and he liked to drink. Tim Riggins spot on. Really, he was amazing. I loved, loved, loved him. I’ll stop gushing now. All the little elements that reminded me of FNL only made the story better for me. (If you haven’t watched it yet, change that!)

There really isn’t a big romance story line, so don’t go into it expecting one. It doesn’t need romance to be good. I loved everything about In Honor. It’s filled with these beautiful moments of clarity for Honor, but it’s also so fun. It’s the perfect balance and I highly recommend it.


  1. Sigh…..
    That’s all I can say about this book….
    I want to read it again already!  It’s so amazing!!
    I guess I’m going to have to watch FNL’s soonish huh?
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  2. OMG you are a Tim Riggins Fan????? I loooooove this show so sooo sooo much!! Gosh I was obsessed with this show and …. so sad when it was over and .. Tim freaking Riggins! 

    Ok besides this… that might be a tough read for me. I lost my brother when I was the same age so… this might be touching the base a little too close. But. I love books like this, no one images what it feels like and what hell you go through! I will however, bookmark this book and read it when I think I can! Beautiful Review!!!! 
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    • I’m THE BIGGEST Tim Riggins fan. BIGGEST! 😉 I love FNL beyond words.

      I’m sorry to hear that, Danny. I hope you do decide to read it sometime. It’s a beautiful story.

  3. So glad you read this! I’m pretty much desperate for it to come out!!! And that’s sorta funny about you and taps. The college where I got my undergrad is a senior military college, and they played taps every night at midnight. I found it more annoying than sad. lol
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  4. You had me at Tim Riggins. Book has been added to the TBR list.

    Now if only someone would write a book centering around a character based off Matt Saracen.
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  5. “There’s something about Taps that just guts me.” –> YES. 

    I am really hoping I can get this one for my Contemporary Month. I have Moonglass but for some dumb reason I still haven’t read it. I’m SO NEW to this contemporary thing but I’m really loving it so far and I’m hearing a lot about In Honor. Well, a lot about these YA/war books in general. Sounds really great! 

    Also, I need to get on the FNL train too. I’ve been meaning too, I swear…
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    • Contemp is one of my top two favorite genres! I could gush about it for hours! You must read this one and you MUST watch FNL!! It’s only the best show ever. 😉

  6. I haven’t read Moonglass yet, but after reading In Honor I really want to pick it up.  I was crying from page one all the way to the end of the first chapter.  I have never had that experience with a book before; I mean yes I’ve cried with a book before, but never that soon.  I should probably watch FNL now since I loved Rusty so much. 
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  7. I’ve been wanting to read something by Jessi Kirby for a while now! In Honor definitely has me curious. :) And I really need to watch FNL so I can meet Tim!

  8. A road trip and Tim RIggins – sign me up. I’ve already pre-ordered this one and can’t wait to read it! So glad you enjoyed it.
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  9. Wow, even BETTER than Moonglass?! So glad its here, I may read this one next.
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  10. In Honor has now been added to my TBR list! I was really surprised by how much I liked Moonglass so if this is even better than I’m sure I’ll love it! Plus it’s low on romance? YAY! 😀
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  11. After reading this I’ve come to the conclusion that In Honor is pretty much a book that I MUST BUY. And I definitely think I will. It sounds phenomenal!
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