Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick is In Honor by Jessi Kirby, coming May 8, 2012 from Simon & Schuster.
Summary: Honor receives her brother's last letter from Iraq thee 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?
My Thoughts: First and foremost, I loved Jessi's debut Moonglass and have been eager for something else from her since I read it. But honestly? This one just sounds amazing. I love the set up of this one, and really want to know not only how Honor deals with her brother's death but also the quest he gave her, but I also cannot wait to see how things go with Rusty. I fully expect there to be a little romance in this one, and with the emotional and engaging way I already know Jessi can write, it is pretty much guaranteed to be fabulous. Not to mention, I just love road trip books. So combine all that, and this is one that I need, well, right now, rather than next May. As for the cover, love! It has that chick lit feel, but the red cowboy boots offset that in a good way. Not to mention, I love that the background seems like it's in the middle of nowhere. Now to figure out how to get this book in my hands...