Such a Rush

Such a Rush

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"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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 325 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 145165801X
  • 9781451658019
  • 145,786

Review quote

A perfect summer read Echols blend of romance, interesting characters, witty dialogue and dramatic intrigue makes her latest book a favorite of mine. TheReadingDate.com Book Reviewsshow more

About Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.show more

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13,608 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 31% (4,249)
4 35% (4,794)
3 23% (3,155)
2 7% (988)
1 3% (422)

Our customer reviews

***3.5 stars*** 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***show more
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.)show more
by Ebony Cindric
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