Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books
Pub Date: July 10th 2012
Pages: 325
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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5 Stars

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Jennifer Echols has a way of creating this incredible tension between characters that always leaves me grinning like a fool. I enjoy it, oh, so much, and Such a Rush delivers plenty delectable tension.

Probably in the most entertaining, unconventional love triangle ever, Leah, Grayson, and Alec take us on a path full of yearning, excitement, laughs, frustration, and, oh yeah, sexytimes. Leah is unlike any female character I’ve yet to read. She’s gutsy, yet vulnerable. She’s aware of how people perceive her and plays into that part, which made me want to reach into the book and hug her. I love how she can be tough and a tomboy, yet also play the sexy vixen.

Leah had a relationship with her best friend that I found to have a great core, though at times their motives for certain situations were questionable. I never doubted that they cared for one another, even when they were throwing insults back and forth.

The Hall boys. Oh, man, did they make this book interesting. Alec was such a nice guy. And a model gorgeous one, at that. He was easy-going, and always ready with a smile for you. It’s impossible not to love him. The thing is, his twin brother, Grayson, had that edge that makes guys irresistible. He’s one of those boys that will say something to you so mean in the heat of the moment it will make you want to cry, then make it all better with one burning look or a passionate kiss. And you can’t help yourself! Even though he’s mean one second, and thoughtful the next, you fall hard for him anyway. That’s Grayson…and I wanted him all for myself. :) Now, go forth and fall for the Hall boys.

I was extremely surprised by how much I enjoyed learning about airplanes. Jennifer Echols wrote it into the book so seamlessly and expertly that by the end, I felt I could fly plane myself! It really should come with a “Do Not Attempt This At Home” warning, haha. There were a couple of scenes of them in the air that had me on the edge of my seat and others where I felt so serene. I just felt like I was in the plane with them.

In so many respects, never have I read a book whose book title delivered in spades. Such a Rush: you betcha!

 

About Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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12 Responses to “Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols”

  1. Jesse

    Oh! I’m dying to read Such a Rush and your review did not help one bit! Now I’m even more excited for it :) I am such a Jennifer Echols fan and I’m so glad to hear Such a Rush is amazing. In fact, you made me want to go buy it right now. Not good since I have a couple review books to finish first!

  2. Christa

    This sounds like it has all the elements that make a contemporary novel great. And I love the female character sounds complex and interesting rather than vapid and primarily described through her looks/relationships.

  3. Estelle / Rather Be Reading

    I have to read this again. I hope everyone in the world buys this book for themselves and then for 2 people in their life. Because everyone NEEDS to read this. It is YA at its best! Yayyy!

  4. Magan @ Rather Be Reading

    Ahhh! This book was so incredible! At times I had no idea how things would end up because I was just so caught up in the story. It was definitely a book I did NOT want to end. I need a finished copy. I see re-reads in my future.

  5. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    I almost bought this one the other day … it looks amazing! I love how you felt you could fly a plane yourself by the end — now I definitely have to pick it up!

    Great review!

  6. Alissa

    Unconventional love triangle…. hmmmm. Wasn’t sure how this book would play out, so I’ve been waiting for reviews. Glad to hear it’s good, though! I really thought the plane info would take away from the story, so it’s all the better that it doesn’t.

    Guess I can safely add this to my TBR list. :)

  7. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

    This book definitely gave me such a rush while I was reading it. The relationships between the characters were complex, but realistic, and I loved the romance especially! And featuring a girl who wants to be a pilot – that’s pretty kickass.

  8. Molli

    Wow, Jess! You make this one sound so irresistible! I definitely want to read it for myself now to check it out.

  9. Tara

    This is my FAVE Jennifer Echols book of all time! She knows how to bring on the sexytimes like no other.

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