Sunday, September 9, 2012
Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: MTV Books
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.
One might pick this up, scan the jacket and think it was about planes. Yes, planes and flying are a big part of the story. But this book is so much more than that. Its about life and loss and the struggles of both. Its really moving. This was a book after my own heart and I loved every page.
I can imagine Leah was a hard character to write. She's pretty complex. I really enjoyed her character. I like how she wasn't embarrassed of her life. She made the best of what she had. She never gave up on what she wanted. She really came into herself throughout the book. She changed a lot. I loved Grayson from the start. He's a hard character to understand. Even though he was a jerk sometimes I still really loved him. I loved how caring he was. I liked how determined he was. Both Leah and Grayson are complex characters and I think that's why they fit so well together. I liked their relationship because they didn't rush things. Half the time they hated each other the other half they had some insanely adorable moments. As for secondary characters, Molly isn't the type of person I would want to be friends with. But I did like her character. Alec was super sweet. I'm glad they found each other because they were super cute.
This has such an amazing storyline. I absolutely adored the planes and the flying. I loved all the attention to detail. Everything fit together perfectly. The plot had its fair share of action and drama. The storyline was very moving. The characters really grew and changed throughout the story. Overall I love this book with all my heart. I will reread it probably a thousand times. If you haven't read this I very highly recommend. 5/5 stars