In Honor by Jessi Kirby
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? From Goodreads.
Holy cow, this book was sad and hot at the same time. If it had been my brother who died I would have done the same thing that Honor did. I was just one of the few that were lucky when my older brother actually came back alive from being in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But wow the chemistry between Rusty and Honor was amazing. I thought that might have been an issue with her brother but I don’t think it was ever addressed between the two best friends or ex best friends. He was mad at him for giving up college to go to the military, since they both were giving full scholarships for football. He did turn that down for a good reason but I still think he should have talked to his sister about why he was doing that. I know I would have been upset and hurt to find out that was the reason why my brother went into the military. Of course my brother was just following family tradition (my dad was Army and so was he) but still.
It was a really cute and sad story, I almost wish the end of the book was different but at the same time, it was more realistic then a lot of books I have read recently. No matter what you learn about yourself and love, you aren’t always just going to be together immediately. I wish there would be another book, maybe a few years in the future where Rusty and Honor meet back up but I don’t think that will happen.
I don’t want to give so much of the book away but it was worth the read even though I was kind of scared to read it, it was and is my worse fear for my older brother.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.