Remembering the freedoms that we cherish in the USA, the courage of the men and women who defend them, and the sacrifices made by their families while they're away from home.
Honor lost her parents while a toddler and now her only brother is coming home to Texas in a casket. Full military honors at a funeral can't ever replace his smile or his teasing or his plans for their futures.
Of course she must take the road trip to fulfill his last wish for her, even though she should be heading for the University of Texas (that's UT, Jessi) at that very moment.
Find Jessi's second novel at your local library or independent bookstore today and travel new highways with Honor as she and Rusty try to figure out a future that doesn't have Finn in it.
Book info: In Honor / Jessi Kirby. Simon & Schuster, 2012. [author's website] [publisher site]
My Recommendation: Honor still can’t believe that her big brother Finn has been killed in Iraq. When his last letter arrives afterwards with special concert tickets, she heads off in his vintage Impala on a cross-country adventure with a few more twists than either could have planned.
Orphaned as young children, Finn and Honor were raised by Aunt Gina to do the right thing, so his enlistment as a Marine rather than taking a football scholarship wasn’t that surprising. Somehow, he and best buddy got crosswise during their senior year, and Rusty stopped coming over to help rebuild the ‘Pala.
Surprising when Rusty shows up for the funeral and won’t let Honor drive alone from Texas to California, along for the journey while she misses university orientation to carry out her brother’s last wish - to tell their favorite singer about him at her final concert.
Off across the dry flats of West Texas, into New Mexico and an improbable scuba dive to look at the stars, trying to get cool as they drive the unairconditioned Impala across the Arizona desert, car troubles cause an unscheduled stop in Sedona to get parts. As they drive and as they wait, there’s more than enough time for Rusty to tell Honor about his argument with Finn, but he seems determined not to talk about it.
Are they going to get to California in time for the concert? Can Honor get to the university before classes start? Can they start to imagine a world without her smiling big brother in it?