Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Published: July 10, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books
Format: Hardcover
My rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

Such a Rush is a wonderfully written story filled with raw sincerity. Jennifer Echols really knows how to write a memorable and touching novel that will suck you in from page one. The main character, Leah, is such a real and relatable character, and it was through her perspective that the story unfolds.

One of the things I admire most about Leah is her strength and perseverance. She has grown up poor, in trailer parks, and has a mother that is very much absent. Leah comes alive when she gets a job at the airport and starts taking flying lessons from Mr. Hall, who has a hangar next to the airport. Leah is so passionate about aviation that it's almost contagious! I don't know a whole lot about planes, but that aspect of the story is so descriptive and interesting that I found myself loving the moments when Leah was flying.

When Mr. Hall dies, his sons Grayson and Alec take over his banner-flying business. Things get interesting after that because Grayson ropes Leah into working for them and he has some interesting ulterior motives for doing so. Even though I wanted to slap Grayson a few times, I really did enjoy the time he and Leah spent together--which they spent either sassing eachother or sharing some hot, intense moments. These two share a very obvious spark and they really fit so well together.

I also really enjoyed the relationship between Leah and her best friend, Molly. Although it was rocky and a bit misunderstood at times, they meshed well together and Molly is definitely one-of-a-kind! Alec, Grayson's brother, was a blast as well. Put all of these characters together and you're definitely bound for some excitement.

There's a lot of raw emotion in this book that makes it such a great story. Tragedy fuels some of the most potent parts in this book, as well as love. This intense journey also offered a lot of laughs and smiles along the way, and the ending made me grin uncontrollably when all was said and done. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an honest story with sincere, relatable characters.  


  1. love the book cover! the long hair impressive!

  2. I've only had the chance to read one Jennifer Echols book, but that made me a fan for life. I've been dying to read this! If you haven't read GOING TOO FAR yet, you should definitely do it soon.

  3. What a pretty book cover that is ! i love the shape is looking awesome,sexy.....


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