Title: IN HONOR
Author: Jessi Kirby
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (May 8, 2012)
About the Book:
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?
“A beautiful, engaging journey with heart, humor, and just a pinch of Texas sass. Hands down my favorite contemporary of the year.”
--Sarah Ockler, bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, and Bittersweet
“An amazing novel about first kisses, last goodbyes, and what it means to finally let go. I absolutely loved it.”
--Lauren Barnholdt, author of Two Way Street
About Jessi Kirby:
Jessi Kirby is the author of Moonglass, published in May 2011 by Simon and Schuster. She is also a wife, mom, English teacher and former librarian, beach bum, runner, and lover of Contemporary YA, strong coffee, and dark chocolate.
Jessi’s second novel, In Honor, will be released in May of 2012.
For more information, find her on Simon and Schuster’s Official Author Page: http://authors.simonandschuster.ca/Jessi-Kirby/75617663
Her webpage: www.jessikirby.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jessikirby (@jessikirby)
Kristina: Who is (or who are) the Young Adult author that turns you into a fangirl?
Jessi: There are so many! My number one would be Judy Blume, then there’s Sarah Dessen, Sarah Ockler, Deb Caletti, Jenny Han, Morgan Matson—basically every contemp YA writer I meet.
Kristina: What is your most favorite (or, weirdest, craziest, funniest, most touching etc.) comment you’ve received from a fan?
Jessi: This was from a younger girl, and despite it sounding a touch morbid, it made me smile. In a letter to me she wrote: “I love MOONGLASS so much I want to be dead with it.” Still puzzling over that one…
Kristina: Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?
Jessi: Of course! I’m at @jesskirby, and would love if you followed me!
Kristina: What are you working on now?
Jessi: Right now I’m in the revision stage of my third novel, GOLDEN, which is due out Summer 2013, and I’m getting ready to dive into the drafting of Book 4.
Jessi: Book in hand, always and forever!
Kristina: Thanks Jessi! Good luck with your new book!