This book was recommended to me by my lovely Twitter friend Linda! She also recommended Sweet Evil to me, so she’s proven herself as far as recommendations go! 🙂
The night of her Marine older brother Finn’s funeral, Honor receives the last letter he ever wrote to her. She sets out on a car trip across the county to fulfill his last wish, and at the last minute is joined by Finn’s old friend Rusty.
It sounds like your typical ‘trek-across-the-country/world-discovering-youself’ book, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. It is much better. This book has something extra, I guess you could call it emotional depth. It takes a lot of swallowing raw feelings to leave home a few days after your brother’s funeral. Finn was and is everything to Honor, so accepting his death while driving across the country is very hard. Especially when Rusty is such a pain in the butt. The trip really unwinds Honor, which is really cool to read about. She used to be very tight; worried, annoyed at the slightest thing, and emotional. It is quite the healing journey for her, and by the end she realizes important things about herself and who her brother was. It is a totally sweet growth story with a teeny bit of romance on the side. Not much, though!
While I’m talking about the ending, let me just say that it was good! Bittersweet, but the last page or so was awesome. I was so proud of Honor and felt like she was a sister, or something, by the end of the book.
As far as negative goes on this book, sometimes I felt like it didn’t move fast enough for me. I have high standards, though, so most people would probably find it normal. Also, it was pretty short! That has advantages for some people, but I felt a little unsatisfied. That being said, Jessi Kirby did a great job of fitting all that character development in a short–ish book like this!
It isn’t one of my favorites, but totally worth the time it took me to read! A sweet story, especially for anyone interested in traveling or road trips. 🙂
Happy Reading, y’all!