In Honor by Jessi Kirby

67%

49 Critic Reviews

Honor's Aunt Gina, her guardian, has an unbelievably accommodating parenting style. The debit card Honor borrowed from her brother is just too convenient. And Honor dismisses supposed best friend Lilah all too easily...A somewhat fluffy read...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A devastating loss leads to an unexpected road trip in what Sarah Ockler calls a “beautiful, engaging journey with heart, humor, and just a pinch of Texas sass.”

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.
 

About Jessi Kirby

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Jessi Kirby is the author of Moonglass and In Honor. She lives in Crystal Cove, CA, with her husband and two children. Jessi is a former English teacher and librarian. Visit her at jessikirby.com.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for In Honor
All: 49 | Positive: 36 | Negative: 13

Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 22 2012

Honor's Aunt Gina, her guardian, has an unbelievably accommodating parenting style. The debit card Honor borrowed from her brother is just too convenient. And Honor dismisses supposed best friend Lilah all too easily...A somewhat fluffy read...

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Bookalicious

Good
Reviewed by Jenna Detrapani on Jun 28 2012

It’s a story of remembrance and and (excuse the pun) honoring what has been lost. And boy, have I got to say: coming of age probably doesn’t get much harder than this. In my opinion, In Honor is definitely the road trip novel of the year. If you like contemporary novels, you won’t wanna miss it.

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on May 03 2012

The hilarious road trip antics will put a smile on your face in no time.

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Candace's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Candace on May 04 2012

There are no words I would ever find to adequately describe the beauty of this book.

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The Book Scoop

Good
Reviewed by Rowena on Jun 12 2012

Kirby does a fine job of making you want to push through the hard parts.

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Early Nerd Special

Below average
Reviewed by Clementine Bojangles on Jun 08 2012

The beginning and middle portions of their journey tend to drag on too long.

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Wondrous Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Prophecygirl on Jul 19 2012

One of those where nothing much happens but then there's a big cheesy ending and that's it.

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Alexa Loves Books

Good
Reviewed by Alexa on Aug 16 2012

As I'm a fan of real characters and lovely writing, there is no doubt in my mind that I'll be reading anything Jessi Kirby writes.

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Confessions of a Bookaholic

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Jun 16 2012

In Honor took me on an unexpected adventure.

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Katie's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Katie on May 09 2012

It is definitely a tearjerker so get your tissues ready.

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Anna Reads

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Apr 25 2012

There’s some truly beautiful scenes that took my breath away. Contemporary fans, you’ll eat this one up.

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Nightly Reading

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Jul 03 2012

I took more from this book than I had ever expected to.

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Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jun 29 2012

In Honor is a sweet book that tackles road trips, grief and most importantly moving on from that grief.

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YA Love

Good
Reviewed by Mrs. Anderson on May 22 2012

In Honor is a book that will resonate with readers.

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Dark Readers

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on May 22 2012

A beautiful setting and the writing just blew me away. I could almost taste the desert air.

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Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Nancy on May 17 2012

Despite the fact that I enjoyed this read I did have a momentary eye roll over the obvious comparison to a certain entertainer that is a big idol now-a-days.

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A Good Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Kari Olson on May 04 2012

Just the right amount of romance without taking away from the grit.

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What I Read and What I Thought

Below average
Reviewed by TG on Sep 27 2012

In Honor was a bit too pleasant and uncomplicated to really grab me

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I Eat Words

Above average
Reviewed by I Eat Words on Sep 06 2012

Although the romance didn’t quite cut it for me in this one, I still enjoyed the ride I got to take with both Rusty and Honor. If you’re into contemporary YA and love road trip books, IN HONOR is for you.

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The Hiding Spot

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Aug 22 2012

Featuring a road trip, a good looking guy, a colorful cast of characters, and neatly wrapped up ending, In Honor is definitely worth a read.

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Portrait of a Book

Good
Reviewed by Christin on Jul 19 2012

Jessi Kirby has crafted a very powerful, thought-provoking story in this book, exploring a variety of emotions within an engrossing narrative.

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Ivy Book Bindings

Below average
Reviewed by Keertana on Jun 23 2012

Where Saving June was beautiful, moving, and poignant, In Honor was anything but.

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Moonlight Reader

Good
Reviewed by Angel on May 28 2012

This book will pull at your heartstrings and have you longing to go on a road-trip.

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The Hollow Cupboards

Good
Reviewed by Chey on May 26 2012

Honesty, adventure and a some much-needed hilarity.

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The Compulsive Reader

Good
Reviewed by Compulsive Reader on Aug 02 2012

Jessi Kirby's second book is an absorbing and emotional road trip read.

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Quinn's Book Nook

Below average
Reviewed by Quinn on Jul 16 2012

I liked Rusty and Honor for the most part. Did I love it, though? No.

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Mimosa Stimulus

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on May 15 2012

If you only get a chance to read one contemporary YA book over the summer, then make it In Honor.

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A Book and a Latte

Good
Reviewed by Jen on May 13 2012

Smooth writing, amazing characters, and a story that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon.

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Born Bookish

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Aug 25 2012

This was actually worse than Moonglass. In Honor is a contemporary romance that had less than likable characters and a romance that lacked any sparks.

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Waiting for Wentworth

Below average
Reviewed by Sandra on Aug 21 2012

It just had too many problems for me to really love it.

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The Cozy Armchair

Below average
Reviewed by Daniela on Aug 14 2012

In Honor was a cute story, but it lacked the emotional layer to make me truly sympathize, hurt, and heal alongside Honor and Rusty.

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Consumed by Books

Below average
Reviewed by Liz on Jul 06 2012

In Honor is not abysmal, nor is it mindblowing. It simply falls into the unfortunate middle ground of being a quick, compelling read, but nothing especially memorable.

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I Read Banned Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen Bigheart on May 15 2012

This book is everything you think it will be and more.

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Fictionally Inclined

Above average
Reviewed by Sharon on Jul 04 2012

All in all, In Honor is a lot of things. Sugar-coated, it is not. But it is realistic, refreshing, and romantic. If you are looking for a great summer read with a road trip and the potential to make you shed a few tears, check this one out.

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Beneath the Moon and Stars

Excellent
Reviewed by Jasmine on Jun 06 2012

This book really just made me feel uplifted. I really think that everyone should read this because it really is a easy read. But there's also meaning behind it. I think this has something everyone can take from it.

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Reading Angel

Good
Reviewed by Angel on Apr 23 2012

I already want to pick it up and re-read it all over again.

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Jenn Renee Read

Good
Reviewed by Jenn Renee on Sep 03 2012

I had a few times of watery eyes but I had more laughs and smiles then sadness.

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The Reading Fish

Good
Reviewed by Ishita on Aug 03 2012

While reading you will laugh, cry, want to scream at someone, but you will love every moment of it.

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The Write Words

Good
Reviewed by Marisa on Jul 17 2012

Quick summer read that balances both the fun and heaviness of the topics wonderfully.

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Teen Lit Rocks

Good
Reviewed by Sandie on Jul 12 2012

A quick, compelling read with believable characters, this is a must-add to any YA summer reading list.

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Reading After Midnight

Good
Reviewed by ReadingAfterMidnight on Jul 07 2012

It was like the other side of the story from Something Like Normal

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Mission to Read

Good
Reviewed by Linda on Jun 28 2012

Jessi Kirby has written another fabulous contemporary book.

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In the Best Words

Good
Reviewed by Hannah Lorraine on Jun 15 2012

In spite of the death that begins Honor's journey, there's so much living that she does in this short amount of time.

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Escaping Through Books

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on May 30 2012

If you have read and enjoyed Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson or Saving June by Hannah Harrington, you will also love In Honor.

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My Summer Girl Books

Good
Reviewed by Summer Girl on May 29 2012

Short, bittersweet (emphasis on the sweet) and meaningful summer read.

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Tripping Over Books

Good
Reviewed by Amy on May 18 2012

I welled up, I laughed, I swooned, I had hope for the future and sadness for the things that were lost.

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The Bookish Type

Good
Reviewed by Casey on May 08 2012

The final twist of the tale will warm readers' hearts and make them question the nature of fate.

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Young Adult Anonymous

Good
on May 07 2012

There are a lot of reasons to read In Honor -- likable main character, road trip to California, scuba diving.

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Library Mosaic

Good
Reviewed by Carla on May 07 2012

In Honor is an emotional story full of great moments.

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