A road trip brings two collateral victims of the war in Iraq together.
Honor, an orphan, is shocked to receive a letter from her soldier brother right after his funeral. Opening it, she finds tickets to a favorite musician’s farewell concert and decides it is imperative that she attend. Disreputable and usually drunk, her brother's former best friend, Rusty, jumps in the car to go along. The road trip that ensues takes the two from Texas to California and from antagonism to intimacy. Rusty’s version of how Finn decided to join the Marines—a decision that led to his death in Iraq—is quite different from what Honor believes is true. That, along with Rusty's memories of their shared past, makes Honor realize that she may have been wrong about a number of things. Some parts of the plot are unsatisfyingly glib. Honor's Aunt Gina, her guardian, has an unbelievably accommodating parenting style. The debit card Honor borrowed from her brother is just too convenient. And Honor dismisses supposed best friend Lilah all too easily. But bad-boy Rusty is appealing, as are the folks they meet along the way, and Rusty and Honor's romantic banter is satisfying.
A somewhat fluffy read about non-fluffy issues. (Fiction. 12-16)