Wishing and hoping, and thinking and praying...
"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."
I normally run in the other direction when I see any mention of a military branch in a novel's synopsis, not because I have anything against the military so don't get all up in arms but because they make me anxious. I'm always afraid that said military character will die. I give major kudos to the women [and men!] who are brave enough to be in the military, and well, even more so to those that are in relationships with or that are married to them. To me that almost seems to take more strength. Those in the military are off fighting their battles, which is one form of courage, but its another type entirely to be trapped at home wondering what is going on where your loved ones are. To be able to hold it all together, I don't know how they do it. I don't think I'd ever be strong enough.
Despite this anxiety of mine, this novel's synopsis drew me in. For one thing I already know her brother has passed on, I don't have to wait with my breath held wondering what was going to become of him. For another, there's a road trip involved. I think I've mentioned before that I love road trip books as I've never really taken one myself.
I have a feeling this book will be utterly heart-wrenching in the best possible way and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy and devour it.