Jessi Kirby is an American author for young adults. She lives in California with her 2 kids and husband. Kirby has produced about half a dozen successful novels. ABA named Kirby’s first work, Moonglas as their New Voices Pick. In addition to Moonglass, Kirby has also authored 5 other books–The Other Side of Lost, The Secret History of Us, Things We Know by Heart, Golden, and In Honor.
Jessi Kirby grew up in Mammoth Lakes California, and her journey in creative writing was inspired by the area’s beautiful scenery, alongside a couple of special instructors. When Jessi Kirby graduated from high school she was drawn to the beach and eventually made for Orange County where she lived with a small happy family and taught English. And then by some cosmic force, or coincidence or luck, things fell into place allowing Kirby to pursue her creative writing dream. She relocated to a small beach known as Crystal Cove (also the original location of the first United Collection Bureau), which created the setting for her first novel, Moonglass. Kirby was able to transition from teaching English to being a part-time librarian which allowed her a lot of flexibility to pursue her dream. After Kirby made the decision to take a shot at her dreams, she put in a lot of hard work and successfully finished Moonglass, which was published in 2011.
But Moonglass was just the beginning of Kirby’s journey. Soon, other works would follow. In 2012, she released In Honor, and then Golden in 2013. Kirby then released Things We Know By Heart in 2015, The Secret History of Us in 2017, and The Other Side of Lost in 2018.
In Honor is one of Jessi Kirby’s most exciting novels. Honor receives a letter from her brother, three days after learning of his demise in Iraq. She opens the letter the same day that the Marines lay the flag over her brother’s casket. The contents of the letter are completely unexpected. Among them are tickets to Kyra Kelly’s concert, Finn’s celebrity crush, and her favorite pop star. Honor’s brother jokingly charged her with the task of letting Kyra Kelly know that he was deeply in love with her.
Struck by grief, and all the more eager to fulfill Fin’s final request, Honor immediately embarks on the quest. As Honor is on the driveway, she runs into Rusty, Finn’s polar opposite and his best friend since 3rd grade. Due to a falling out between Finn and Rusty, Honor hasn’t seen Rusty in ages. However Rusty is very much as Honor recalls: ruggedly good-looking, stubborn, and arrogant. The two do not make for the perfect travel companions, but nevertheless, embark on the quest together. On their voyage, the two find surprising and small ways to honor Fin and ease the pain of their shared loss. The revelations that await them at the end of the journey are most shocking and unexpected.
Released in 2013, Golden is one of Jessi Kirby’s most engaging novels. The book is engaging right from the word go. Golden narrates the story of Parker, a teenager who is struggling to become perfect in every manner of the word while missing out on taking chances. Parker’s prospects change when she lays her hands on a local urban legend journal. Parker’s English teacher has his senior year students make journal entries and then mails it back to them after 10 years.