Such a Rush (Hardback)
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Short Description for Such a Rush The wildly popular author of "Going Too Far, Forget You, " and "Love Story" returns with a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
- Published: 10 July 2012
- Format: Hardback 325 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781451658019 ISBN 10: 145165801X
- Sales rank: 39,662
Reviews for Such a Rush
- Top review
Great in parts. Good read.
I was soo looking forward to this book and it resulted in a good read. Such a Rush is well plotted, bit-by-bit hooking you in more and more with aspects of the story.
For me, I absolutely loved the first moment poor main character, Leah, from a trailer park with a scummy, careless mother realised she would learn how to fly planes and fly her out of her crappy home, even for just a little while. She was 14. Also, at 14, I see her interested in Grayson although she's quiet about it and he goes on his merry way without her noticing.
The whole book, Jennifer Echols writes in a compelling style. It's paced exactly right so you're never bored. The only issue was my interest. The style was too "plain vanilla" for me, and I only read on as fast as I did because the story was interesting, but reading the writing, I wasn't too interested since there wasn't much of a style to "wow" me.
I usually connect with a variety of characters, but the MC in Such a Rush was just "okay" for me. Maybe it was again that writing style that didn't develop her for me so I could fully connect, but she was a good narrator, and interesting to watch, but I didn't feel for her as I wanted to.
The brothers, Grayson and Alec, are great to drive the story. Their personalities bounce off each other. I ended up liking the non-main brother more so and I'm not sure why--maybe it was he had more standout qualities and the other was too wooden. The other brother kept doing this thing that annoyed me! Even at the end of the book, he hadn't changed. That really disappointed me that his character issue was still present that late on and it meant I didn't see as big as a transformation in his character as I wanted to see.
But despite those things, this is an excellent book, well plotted. I'm in two minds about the rating. It high stars for many parts of the book.
I didn't expect to love the strong influence of small planes as much as I did. I truly felt transported when I read about the rush and the love Leah, the MC, had for planes and flying. It was beautiful, and it's probably even more important than the romance. This book wasn't all too romantic, and I still loved it regardless that it came second to flying. It felt right.
This book is a good, honest look at how it tells the story. I'm interested to read more Jennifer Echols books because this is a great book, and I can see why so many others fell in love with it, even if it wasn't for me.
***3.5 stars*** by Rebecca Berto
Such a Rush was a book that I had high hopes for. I mean, I couldn't wait any longer to read it so I bought the hardcover. That's a commitment right there. Lately I've been trying to get into the contemporary genre with a bit more enthusiasm, and as such have been digging around for books with originality and flair (with mild success). However, I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it had the element of freshness that I was looking for. But, on the other hand, the plot was sometimes weak and the romance needlessly complicated.
I think that the most important message of this book gets lost along the way. I thought it was going to be about the importance of family. I.E the protagonist learns about the love of a real family from the Halls and realises how much more love and support she deserves as opposed to what she gets from her mother. But that ends up playing a minor role compared to what the story is quickly consumed by - a fraught romance based on one of the silliest ideas I've ever read. Let me break it down for you real quick. Grayson Hall inherits his father's flying business and wants to run it, but Leah staunchly refuses to work for him even though she needs the money (and even though she owes a debt of gratitude to their father for giving her free flying lessons). Therefore he blackmails her (flimsily at that - she forged her mother's signature on a permission form. Pfft.) to work for him, and to date his twin brother. He won't say why, and it quickly becomes clear that it makes no sense for him to have asked her to be the one to pretty much seduce his brother. This complication could have been taken out all together to focus on the themes of family, loss, self-worth and responsibility, which take a backseat when the romance picks up and remain under-developed throughout.
There seems to be too much time spent talking about how 'sexy' the heroine is without even trying (or being aware of it. Snort), to the point that the love interest talks about her school teachers being attracted to her. Gross and unnecessary. One other scene that made my skin crawl a bit was when the heroine and the love-interest are talking about her (platonic) relationship with his father. She says that if the father had been her age, she would have fallen for him, and that prompts the guy to kiss her. No, just no. If a guy is turned on by you talking about how you would have boned his dad if he had been your age, run.
So, the second half of the novel was dumbed down by the nonsensical dating-scheme (which is seems is just there to complicate the romance), but this book still doesn't suffer too badly star-wise because I loved the focus on flying and the writing wasn't half-bad. This is my first, and maybe only, Jennifer Echols novel, but it was at least an entertaining, imaginative addition to the genre.
(Also, just have to say that the cover is really misleading and actually does a disservice to the book. This book isn't as fluffy as the jacket picture suggests, and it's a shame they didn't do something more with the pilot theme. The model doesn't even bare resemblance to Leah. Couldn't they have at least put some aviator sunglasses on her - she wears them constantly throughout the whole book! Oh well.) by Ebony Cindric