Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.
Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only 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 him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?
What I Liked
WARNING: YOU MAY GO INTO THIS NOVEL THINKING IT’S A LIGHTHEARTED FLUFFY LITTLE ONE-SIT READ, AND WHILE THE LAST PART IS RIGHT, THIS NOVEL WILL RIP OUT YOUR INSIDES AND FILL YOU WITH TEARS. You have been warned.
Clearly, I’m a sucker for boy-likes-girl girl-crushed-on-boy boy-is-brothers-best-friend boy-doesn’t-show-his-feelings but-goes-on-road-trip-with-dead-best-friends-little-sister cause-know-he’s-gotta-look-after-her-now boy-hints-and-hints-and-hints and then a whole lotta angst. The cutesy kind of angst, but angst none the less. And Jessi Kirby got it totally right: the pain of a loved ones death, then the crazy things some people will do to help themselves grieve. In Honor’s case, a road-trip with her dead brother’s best friend to a concert across the country all to tell Kyra Kelly about her older brother. Along the way, Rusty keeps dropping hints and playing with her emotions- but in all fairness, that kind of behavior is most definitely mutual. I loved watching the relationship between the character’s play out, I loved watching them help each other grieve. Grief is a part of life, but it’s a hell of a lot easier to go through it with someone by your side than all alone.
What I Didn’t Like
Yes I am this annoyingly vain: but the thing I didn’t like is that I felt I couldn’t read it in public. I literally locked myself in my room and read page after page because the cover just seems – to me, at least – so pre-teen romancey. And while it definitely suited the book, it’s also kinda embarrassing.