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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

GCC Presents IN HONOR by Jessi Kirby

I'm excited to spotlight another of my girlfriends from the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit today! Jessi Kirby's first YA novel, MOONGLASS was wonderful, and her second, IN HONOR, is out today. I can't wait to read it! Congratulations, Jessi!

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?

As well, Jessi stopped by for a short interview:

Welcome, Jessi! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less. 
 A letter, mistaken last request, road trip.
 Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
My most favorite character in this novel is Rusty, because he comes off a little rough but is actually a really good guy.  And then, well…I like to think of him as pretty hot.
 What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors? 
Read, read, read.  It’s the best possible way to study what you want to do, directly from those who do it successfully.
 What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether? 
Wow, it’s like you knew me or something!  Yes, I did write as a teen, and it was mostly poetry—overly literary and emotional, terrible poetry.
 What's the last book you read that you really loved?
THE STORY OF US, by Deb Caletti.  Oh, I loved that book!  Caletti is one of the best I know at writing characters so real you feel like you know them personally, and telling a story with heart.  

Early Reviews:
“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:
Her webpage:
Twitter:!/jessikirby  (@jessikirby)


  1. Great interview - can't wait to read this!

  2. IN HONOR is at the top of my list. Thanks for letting people know about Jessi and her work!

  3. Sounds amazing! I'll have to look for this :)