Title: Such A Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Rating: 5 out of 5
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.
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
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
Wow. I fell completely head over heels with this book and all the
characters. There were times I wanted to scream and there were times I
actually did scream. I cried. I laughed. I fangirled a little too much.
"Love isn’t something you have to deserve.”
Leah has never felt love, except the love she has for
flying. She's spent three and a half years working at the airport behind
the trailer park she live in with her deadbeat mom. During this time
she befriends the owner of the airport and begins flying for him. When
he dies suddenly and his twin sons come to take over the business it
sets off a downward spiral that Leah might not be able to pull herself
Leah was amazing. I really appreciated her character
progression. She felt trapped by what everyone else thought of her. Her
passion for flying was great, I could really feel the excitement she was
experiencing when she was flying. There were times I wanted her to snap
and really stand up for herself, especially to the people around her.
When everything finally came to a head I was very happy with where Leah
Grayson was sex on a stick. He's exactly the type of book
boy I fall for: brooding, semi-douchey, sarcastic, with an underlying
Alec was sweet and nice, but I didn't connect
with him as much as I did with his twin. I'm thinking that is kind of
what the author was going for with the twins though.
Molly is the
kind of girl you want to be friends with, even if she is a little bit
clueless. I was really happy with the direction her friendship with Leah
Overall I felt very connected with the story. Jennifer
Echols managed to hook me in the first few pages and I couldn't stop
reading. She was very realistic with her use of language for the ages of
the characters. It was refreshing to read about tough situations in a
realistic way. I am definitely planning on reading more by this author.