Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it. Honor 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 Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences? - Goodreads.com
This was such a touching book to read. First of all, I'm extremely patriotic and I tend to get rather gooey and soft when stories of soldiers are told...especially ones where they've given their life for their country. So the book had me hooked almost immediately due to the military funeral. And then you meet Rusty.
Immediately the chemistry between Honor and Rusty was evident and a pleasure to read. He's arrogant and gruff, but Honor knows just how to handle him, which was so funny and cute to read. These two are a great challenge for each other and it was so fun following the road trip watching them dance around the other. But don't get the idea that this book is a lighthearted little summer read. There are serious issues here but with just enough comic relief to keep the story from being maudlin.
Honor's desire to follow through on her brother's last wishes is admirable, and the fact that Rusty came along for the ride was great. I knew, though, that there was more to be revealed than is immediately apparent... and I was right. Whens ome of the revelations start popping out in the story, I found myself rather surprised.
The author handled this story was sensitivity, and before I knew it, it was all over. It was very well-paced. A very satisfying read.