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.
|Publication Date:||July 10, 2012|
|Product Length:||1.14 inches|
|Product Width:||5.98 inches|
|Product Height:||8.74 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.91 pounds|
|Package Length:||8.4 inches|
|Package Width:||5.8 inches|
|Package Height:||1.3 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.95 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 106 reviews|
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9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Amazing!! Right Up There with Going Too Far! Jul 10, 2012
By R. Lane
Seventeen year-old Leah has always lived by airports growing up. Living next to one in a trailer park is the cheapest rent and thanks to Leah's loser mom, that's all they can afford. Leah actually doesn't mind being close, she loves planes and longs to fly. Determined to make the best of a situation and not follow in her mother's footsteps, Leah gets a job with Hall Aviation at the airport next door. Mr. Hall takes her under his wing and is like the father she never had. Despite her close relationship with Mr. Hall Leah feels like an outsider every summer and school vacation, when his sons come to visit. They help fly the banner planes that make up the majority of Mr. Hall's business. His sons are gorgeous and complete opposites, even though they're twins. Leah stays back as a silent observer, secretly crushing on Grayson. It's a shock and a blow when Mr. Hall dies unexpectedly, and Leah makes arrangements to work elsewhere figuring the business will be sold. When Grayson and Alec show up to run the business, she's surprised but doesn't think it'll last for long, and Leah has no intention of staying. However, Grayson digs something up in Leah's past and blackmails her to stay on to help fly the banners. In addition to forcing her to stay, Grayson also wants Leah to persuade Alec to date her. Grayson threatens Leah's future hopes of flying so she has no choice but to cooperate with his scheme. She can't figure out why Grayson wants her to attract Alec, and he refuses to tell her.
One of Jennifer Echols great strengths as a writer is her ability to write perfectly flawed but relatable characters, so I connected with Leah instantly. I felt protective of her and rooted for her to triumph and rise above her situation. This is an accomplishment with the horrible excuse of a mother she has, one of the worst I've come across in fiction! Her mother only cared about herself, and Leah had to be on constant guard so she wouldn't take advantage of her. The mother relied on Leah to work and pay bills while she had no job, being too occupied with her current disaster of a boyfriend. In the beginning of the story I was on edge because Leah was vulnerable as a target from the shady characters in the trailer park. All because her mother's neglect left her open to these kinds of situations. I was glad she had the airport as safe haven to escape to.
Grayson was another flawed character that grew on me. I didn't like him at first. He wasn't all that nice, and his insistence for Leah to lure Alec in irritated me. Also he made assumptions about Leah I didn't care for. But as the mystery behind his behavior unravels, I began to understand his motivations and ended up falling hard for him. Grayson fights but can't help his attraction to Leah. He truly cared for Leah and was protective of her. Another one of Ms. Echols strengths is her ability to write some knee-weakening, steamy scenes. Trust. She delivers in this story:
"Hey, I told you. Lately my brain isn't working right. I feel one thing, but I act a different way and it surprises me. I don't know where my words are coming from half the time. But you..." He kissed my check. "Gosh..." He kissed my lips, then backed away to look at me again. "You know what? Let me show you how I feel." I gasped as he trailed kisses down my cheek, down my neck,......... Well, you get where this is going, so I'll just leave it at that.
I highly recommend this. It's right up there with my other favorite Jennifer Echols novels: Going Too Far and Forget You. This does not disappoint!
15 of 17 found the following review helpful:
Grayson a hypocrite? A jerk? Sexist? Aug 27, 2012
By Jackie R.
***NO BIG SPOILERS, JUST SOME REFERENCES TO THE PLOT***
Leah comes across as a strong, passionate female lead, who loves to fly. I was excited to read a book about a girl who knows what she wants to do and pursues a field that is dominated by men generally. She also comes from poverty, her mother not present and it seems like she really had to grow up quickly, and grow up on her own. I also liked this aspect of the story because there are not many books out there at all that accurately portrays what is it like to be poor in America.
The story was wonderfully written and the author did a great job in creating and writing this story.
The ONE thing that I absolutely hate about this story is how rude and hypocritical Grayson is. He is supposed to come across as this Bad Boy gone Prince Charming after the death of his father. But Leah and Grayson's relationship was unrealistic and pretty pathetic. They went from never talking and not really knowing or liking each other much to having sex after a week of working together at the airport. The time in between these two relational extremes involved Grayson interrogating and bullying her about her sexual history. Every single conversation they have in the novel involves what she has done sexually. He assumes she has had sex with his father, with other pilots coming and going at the airport, and with her classmates. She has only had sex ONCE! And even IF she was a little bit promiscuous, no girl deserves this kind of bullying and harassment. It is HER sexuality and past, not his. Then as they start to have sex, Grayson casually mentions he has had sex many times, and was sexually active with a girlfriend a few weeks before getting with Leah. He is such a hypocrite! This is not a healthy base for any relationship and no man should be allowed to harass a girl about her having sex once when he has had sex many times and never mentioned it.
I feel sorry for all of the young women out there that think this type of interactions in a relationship are normal or acceptable. No girl should put up with this kind of judgmental disrespect in the real world and I don't like how it is represented in the story. It is sad that such a great story and author gets brought down because of these characters and their interactions.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
A poignant, emotional story about self-discovery and passion that's perfect for young readers Jul 10, 2012
Let me start off by saying I adore Jennifer's writing. She's poignant, detailed, and really knows how to steam up a scene, especially given the constraints of the YA genre. There is a very sad element that remains throughout the whole story due to Mr. Hall's death and I really felt for Leah having to deal with a barely-there mother and a crazy reputation. There is a lot of heartache and self-discovery in Such a Rush, which makes it a perfect book for young readers.
My favorite parts of this book was anything with Grayson and Leah in it, which I felt wasn't enough. Although I did like learning about Leah's less-than-stellar life and how she didn't define herself by how or where she grew up. Leah is definitely a kick-ass female lead and I loved how she never let things get to her, always striving for the best for herself and never giving up on her dreams. Grayson was a bit harder to like at first, with his attitude and all, but you eventually learn to love him and you can't deny his sexiness, right from the start. Alec is very sweet and nice, too, but I didn't really connect with his character.
I didn't really care for all the talk about airplanes. Even if I'm not interested in a topic, I don't mind learning about it and seeing the wonder if it through another person's eyes, but I felt like Jennifer talked too much about airplanes. She would describe all the facets of planes and flying down to the most minuscule thing and I don't think it did anything for the story. Yes, I get that Leah loves flying and all, but a bit more focus on the story and romance, less on the technical aspects of it all would've made me enjoy the book a lot more. I found myself skipping all the plane-related parts except when it was relevant to the story, which in my opinion, wasn't a lot. You need to understand Leah's passion for the flying and her relationship with the Hall family, yes, but it could've been done without so much talk about planes.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Angieville: SUCH A RUSH Jul 23, 2012
By Angela Thompson
I can't quit Jennifer Echols. Not that I really try that hard, but I read her new ones and often feel as though I'm still searching for that one in possession of that certain something that will make me feel the way Going Too Far did. Like I couldn't put it it down. And definitely like I didn't hate either of the main characters after the fact. Well, I found it with SUCH A RUSH. I read this 300+ pager in a single night, which clears up the question of whether or not I couldn't put it down. And I finished it definitely not hating either of the main characters. I didn't finish it loving them both unreservedly, though. I loved Leah with my whole heart from page one and that never changed. My feelings regarding one of the Hall brothers remain complicated. More to come on this in a bit. On a side note, I'm delighted that SUCH A RUSH is Ms. Echols' hardcover debut. It's a meticulously designed book, a pleasure to hold in my hands as I stayed up way too late finishing Leah's story.
Leah Jones has lived her entire life in an endless series of trailer parks, all of them situated next door to an airbase or small town airport. She and her shiftless mother moved to their most recent abode at Heaven Beach when Leah was 14 years old. Shortly thereafter she bullies the owner of nearby Hall Aviation to give her a job in the front office, fielding calls and basically doing anything that needs doing around the private airport. From afar, she watches Mr. Hall's twin sons Alec and Grayson follow in their father's footsteps, first learning to fly and then taking on jobs flying advertising banners around the North Carolina coastline. Leah watches and she longs and she saves her money against the day she is able to scrabble together enough courage to ask Mr. Hall for a flying lesson. Sure he will laugh in her face, she is stunned when he takes her up on it, provided she give up smoking like a chimney stack. It's not even a contest for Leah, and before she knows it she's up in the air and never looks back. Until tragedy strikes and threatens to make the one good thing in Leah's life disappear overnight. Suddenly, Alec and Grayson are back in her life and she's forced to learn to work with these mercurial young men if she wants to keep being a pilot in her future.
Leah rocked my socks off. She is the kind of character I can't get enough of: toughened by life, uncertain, determined, quiet, hopeful, and edgy. Basically, she's a heady amalgam of battle-tested strength and fledgling individuality. I love the way she loves flying. She explains it in a scene that quite simply floored me with how restrained and potent it was, with how much was going on below the surface of things. I won't quote that here, because you deserve to come to it organically and on your own. I will share one bit to give you an inkling of why I feel so attached to these characters:
"When I'm with you," he began again, "it's like . . . I still don't feel normal. But I can see normal at twelve o'clock on the horizon." He pointed past me through the windshield of an imaginary airplane. "At least I know normal is still out there."
This tiny snippet of dialogue encapsulates the kind of exquisite tension, filled with so much more than heat, between two characters that Jennifer Echols excels at. The scope of this novel is much greater than I was expecting, and every bit of that is down to the gorgeous descriptions of flying. These characters, they love flying. They love it with every fiber of their being, and it binds them together when anger, betrayal, and the almost unbreachable gulf of experience threaten to separate them. These kids are all forced to be adults long before they're ready. They make mistakes, bad choices, engage in the occasional excess of drama. One of them persists in his particularly bad choice so long I'm still not sure I can forgive him for it. But they are all of them laid out in such layers of gray that I wanted to. In fact, I ended the novel on that note--wanting to forgive him, wanting the ending to be enough because it was what I wanted for them. Sometimes that desire is enough in and of itself, especially as the journey itself was such a satisfying one, filled with the swoops and the heights and the glorious dangers of aviation. My stomach dropped out beneath me on multiple occasions, and I relished every time it did because it meant I was with Leah in that cockpit. I was with her every time she let the pressure constantly building inside of her out to pelt the people around her who needed a rude awakening to reality. I was with her when she took the controls to chart her own course, to find it somewhere out there on the horizon. Well done, Ms. Echols. Such a rush indeed.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Loved it! Jul 05, 2013
By Constant Reader
I couldn't put this book down! Jennifer Echols understands people and relationships... She makes you feel like part of the story.
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