Welcome to my Love and Loss series. On Monday, I featured First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky.
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Published by: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 8, 2012
Source: bought from independent bookstore
Plot Summary for In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Ever since Honor lost her parents in a car accident, she's relied on big brother Finn. Then Finn is killed in Iraq.
After his funeral, Honor gets one last letter from him, a letter that includes two tickets to singer Kyra Kelley's final concert in California.
So Honor gets into Finn's battered Impala with her brother's hungover (and somewhat annoying) best friend Rusty and they set off on a road trip that's one part memorial, one part spiritual journey, and one part slapstick comedy.
Review of In Honor by Jessi Kirby
I've been waiting impatiently for In Honor ever since I finished reading Moonglass, Jessi Kirby's first book.
While In Honor is a "grief and loss" book that deals with issues of mourning and lost friendship, this story also takes the reader in all sorts of emotional directions. There are arguments and transcendent moments and shocking revelations.
Then, just when things are getting too intense, the story veers off into comic territory. Let's just say that tequila shots are almost always a mistake!
I couldn't talk about this book without mentioning magic -- Jessi Kirby's books always seem sprinkled with just a touch of magic dust!
While I wouldn't go so far as to say that In Honor is a work of magical realism, Jessi Kirby effortlessly weaves mythology, nature, and mysticism into her story. From the Santa Rita #1, the "blessed oil derrick," to the Blue Hole to the vortexes of Sedona, this book looks at ways that humans try to understand life's mysteries and nature's healing effect. As Honor says, "life sometimes gives you a tiny bit of peace when you need it most."
I didn't find In Honor as sad a book as my other two "love and loss" books this week. In Honor is hard to describe, a story that cast a spell over me until I turned the final page. It's poignant and magical and not at all depressing!
Check out part three of this series with my Review of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
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