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Posted July 6, 2012
Captivating, intoxicating and addicting!
I think this is Jennifer Echols best work yet!
This book is captivating, intoxicating and addicting! A story about love, friendship and discovering that your self-worth isn't about where you come from but who you are inside.
Eighteen year old Leah Jones is from the wrong side of the tracks, or in this case, the wrong side of the airport runway. Having grown up in trailer parks her whole life with an absentee mom who manages to bring America's Most Wanted rejects with her when she is around, it's no wonder Leah's a target for the kids at school who've labeled her "trailer trash". In an effort to escape her dead end life, even if only for a short time, Leah goes searching for her next rush. She's always loved watching airplanes and taking to the skies herself gives her both the thrill and freedom she craves.
When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall offers her a job flying one of his banner planes (the kind you see flying over the beach advertising restaurant specials) she sees it as the opportunity that will put her on the fast track out of the trailer park. All that comes crashing down when Mr. Hall dies suddenly and the business is left in the care of his twin sons, Alec, who can do no wrong and Grayson the consummate screw-up. The Hall boys are no strangers to Leah. They're all the same age, all having earned their pilots licenses at the same time but things are different now. They'll be her bosses making things even more awkward considering she's harbored a crush on Grayson for the past three years.
Leah's not sure what Mr. Hall's death means for her job and her horizons darken even more when Grayson discovers a secret she's been hiding and threatens to use it against her. He forces her to fly and she ends up caught between the brothers in a fight that has them all headed into a downward spiral with no smooth landing in sight.
Grayson's plan involves having Leah get Alec to date her in an effort to protect him, but from what, Grayson won't say. Leah isn't sure his plan will work but Grayson continues to push, and reluctantly, she agrees. To her surprise though, Alec falls for her easily and what's even more startling is when Grayson begins to act jealous of their fake relationship. He can't have feelings for her can he? He spends most of his time insulting her. (That's middle school boy code for "I secretly love you but can't tell you", right?)
It's obvious that Grayson and Leah feel something for each other but their exchanges are so emotionally charged, one minute they're like a healing salve for each others wound and the next, like two cats tied together by their tales and thrown over a clothesline. Things get really complicated when Leah's BFF Molly comes to work for the week, a double date goes horribly wrong, and Leah's mom shows up and risks ruining everything. The truth will finally come out and leave a jet stream of broken hearts in it's wake.
I thoroughly enjoyed Leah! (To put it more bluntly, I LOVED HER SO HARD!) She's strong, fiercely independent and charming in her own unique way.
All of these characters are flawed or broken in some way which is what makes them so relatable and lovable. What they're reminded of (as are we) is that we're all deserving of love - it shouldn't be something we have to earn nor should it depend on our social class.
They also realize just how short life really is. Say, "I love you." Now.
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Posted July 12, 2012
I knew I was going to love this book early into the story. I can
I knew I was going to love this book early into the story. I can't relate to Leah in life experience, but I think anyone can relate to her on an emotional level. She's had a tough life and there is a bit of a hard edge to her as a result. Leah is a survivor. She has no choice. Her poor excuse of a mother has basically abandoned her and she has no idea who her father is. Leah made the decision early on to lead a different life. She's determined to be better. So, how will she do it? By becoming a pilot of course.
Growing up near airports, Leah was always intrigued by planes. So, when they move to Heaven Beach, she gets a job at the airport and then meets Mr. Hall. He saw a spark and tenacity in her. Ultimately, I think he was a great father figure for her to look up to and really rely on. Even though he had a broken family, he showed his children love and also provided a solid ground for her to stand on. Leah needed to have someone in her life like that.
As for the romance, I remember reading the synopsis thinking that the story was going to take us through a big love triangle between brothers. That was not the case. There is a reason for both brothers to be involved with Leah, but her feelings are firmly with Grayson. And let me say, I loved, loved, loved Grayson. Yes, he's gorgeous, snarky, and overall desirable, but there is a sensitivity to him that really makes you fall hard for him. After his father dies, he really matures and I liked seeing how important keeping the family business was to him. I felt like Grayson and Leah were a perfect match for each other. Their passion for each other created the perfect amount of steam for a YA novel. I really loved the way the story ended. It was perfect.
This was the first book I've read by Jennifer Echols and I can honestly say that I can't wait to read more of her books. The writing is flawless. She literally puts you into the characters lives. I felt like I could see the story playing in my mind. I became so involved in Leah and Grayson, that I started reading the last few chapters more slowly, because I didn't want the book to end. If you're looking for a heartfelt YA romance with an equal balance of character and plot building, this is the perfect read for you.
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Posted July 13, 2012
This is a must read!! If you haven't purchased this book you n
This is a must read!!
If you haven't purchased this book you need to. RIGHT.AWAY. No seriously, go buy it now. It's worth it. Jennifer Echols has done it again. To start, Leah as a pilot...awesome. The title...perfect. Just reading the book is a rush. Then again that's almost to be expected with anything Jennifer writes.
Leah wants to do more with herself than living in a trailer park with her mom. So she starts taking flying lessons after saving up the money. I enjoyed the fact that Leah did what she dreamed of doing despite the difficulties that she faced. That's what made her a strong character. Grayson is a bad boy. You know, the one we all want to be around because he's fun and daring. Ahh but he can be a jerk too. There were times I wanted to choke him and times I wanted Grayson to wrap me up in a hug. Alec was the knight-in-shining-armor at times, but others it was awkward between him and Leah. That not only added to the tension, but the intrigue. With each page I had to see how things were going to play out. Grayson and Alec both had their difficult moments, and I didn't always love them. But there's goodness under all the trouble on top. Jennifer Echol's does an amazing job getting their and showing us the journey.
Jennifer's secondary characters added to the story, rather than detracting like I've seen them do in other books (none of Jennifer's though). They certainly didn't take center stage, but it wouldn't have been the same without them. Mr. Hall reminded me of a grumpy old man with a big heart buried underneath it all. Molly was...well...entertaining.
Put another mark in the win column for SUCH A RUSH. I'd recommend it for sure.
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Posted July 7, 2013
Posted July 10, 2012
The first thing I want to do, before mentioning anything about t
The first thing I want to do, before mentioning anything about this book is describe Jennifer Echols and her books. She does two different types – romantic comedy (Major Crush, The Ex Games, Endless Summer, The One That I Want) and romantic drama (Forget You, Going Too Far). If you’re looking for a more light hearted read, her comedy books are great. If you want a really solid contemporary book, her dramas are for you.
I am saying this because I’ve had some of you tell me you’ve read one in her comedy line-up, and liked it but didn’t fall in love. So you’re unsure of Echols. And you shouldn’t be. It’s all about the mind set you have when you go into the book, and what type of book you are choosing.
Enough blabbering, yes?
Now, Such a Rush falls into the drama category. And now I will start my official review.
I LOVED SUCH A RUSH AHHHHHHHHHHH
That’s not really an official way to say it, but oh my goodness I really loved this book. It is my new favorite Jennifer Echols book.
Leah and her mother have traveled all over the country, hopping from trailer park to trailer park at the whim of her mother and her mother’s current boyfriend. Each time they move, they end up in a trailer park right next to an airport, so Leah has developed a love for airplanes and flying. She decides that she wants to be a pilot, and gets a job at the airport next to her trailer park, which is run by Mr. Hall and his three sons.
A really emotional part of this book for me was watching how Leah’s mom treated her. Her mom’s boyfriends always had first priority. The boyfriend needs to make a car payment? Leah gets asked for money. The boyfriend says he can get a job somewhere else? They move. Not only this, but Leah’s mom makes her pay rent, and pawns off their belongings in attempt to get more cash. I was absolutely heartbroken for Leah in several instances where her mom was treating her so poorly or Leah was talking about her home life. It’s hard to convince you how badly my heart hurt, but maybe you can imagine a little bit.
Besides her home life, Leah has to constantly deal with the Hall twin brothers. Mr. Hall dies not far into the book, and if Leah wants a job flying she has to work with Grayson and Alec, who have decided to try to take over the business. Grayson kind of blackmails her into flying, and it seems like Alec could want romantic involvement.
She also has a singular friend, Molly, who is really popular at school (Leah is not). BOY did Molly make me angry a few times, refusing to realize how her other friends treat Leah among other things. I was furious.
So as you can see, I had some very intense emotion while reading this book, and I loved it. I absolutely loved it.
SUCH A RUSH is an emotional, intense story of a girl trying to find a better place in her world.
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Posted July 10, 2012
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Jennifer Echols Doesn't Let Her Readers Down!!
I've always been a fan of Jennifer Echols' novels and while I certainly enjoyed Such a Rush, I can't say that I favor it over her previous dramatic romances. Leah becoming a teen pilot is the most unique part of the plot. I wasn't captured by the 'love-triangle', but I did feel my heart race from the sizzling chemistry between Grayson and Leah.
Telling the story from the beginning of Leah's interest in flying is really what sold the story to me. I was getting the depth of Leah's dreams and insecurities and not just being told how she feels about her life. I was seeing the impact of her mother's neglect and their style of living on Leah. The first few chapters were all I needed to gradually make up my mind about Leah's character. The final verdict? She has a strong will and her ability to make up her mind about her future at a rebellious and tender age makes her stand out among many contemporary female leads.
I wasn't particularly happy with the main cause of tension during the story. Grayson feels that in order to keep his twin brother, Alec, from making the biggest mistake of his life, he needs to enlist Leah to date Alec. There are so many complications that arise because of his plan that one would expect for a big blowout towards the end, but when every lie and secret comes out in the open the story feels rushed and the drama anti-climatic. The fact that Leah doesn't really want to go along with the plan casts a dark cloud over the parts of the story that I would have otherwise enjoyed. The story line felt a little similar to Echols' romantic comedy, The One That I Want where the characters are in mismatched relationships, the most obvious difference being that Such a Rush is written for an older audience.
The hope of a happy ending is strong while reading Such a Rush, and all in all, Jennifer Echols doesn't let her readers down. She brings on the heat and searing glances, giving Such a Rush just a touch more maturity than previous romantic novels.
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
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Posted April 8, 2014
This story was incrediable. Every situation was so lifelike and the characters were very relatable... I felt like these were real people and I was going through every thing with them. Its full of frustration, desperation, drive, hope, love and understanding. Something we all face as humans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a must read... I'll be recommending to all my reading friends!
Posted February 21, 2014
Very slow to start. Book is about Leah's life, her love of flying, and a romance with the son, of the owner, of Hall Aviation. Valued in that order. Her thrill for all things arial was pleasant to read. The writing or meaning of phrases seemed awkward at times though, especially in dialogue. I reread sentences trying to make sense. Leah's indignant pride was annoying at times, as were her assumptions. I understand her poverty background was to blame but, it was still irritating. I had hoped for a more romantic, satisfying closure but, it wasn't there. I was looking for a love story but, found this a good book about a girls love of flying instead.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 27, 2013
Very cute story! I thought it was a very unique story as the mai
Very cute story! I thought it was a very unique story as the main character, the best friend, and the bad boy were not your typical characters. They weren't the types that I am used to and it made it that more interesting. I loved that the ending really wrapped things up and didn't drop hints for a series to be made. Sometimes you just need a great stand alone, and this is it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2013
I LOVED SUCH A RUSH!!!!
This was a gripping story with a fierce and independent lead character Leah and an equally fierce new boss Grayson. The twins Grayson and Alec will soon be in a mixed situation with Leah and Molly. Its an adventure you don't want to miss out on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2013
***3.5 stars*** I was soo looking forward to this book and it r
***3.5 stars***Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was soo looking forward to this book and it resulted in a good read.
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. It’s just that the main one 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.
Posted March 24, 2013
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Posted January 30, 2013
I dpnt think we should be doing this i have a gf in real life and not a virtual one i made a really stupid mistake and ive been dating her since i was in fourth grade i am srry but we cab still be friendsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2013
Posted January 8, 2013
Wasn't sure about this one, but WOW!
I started this book wanting to love it b/c I love Echols writing style & characters, but after reading only 2 chapters I put it down & thought "Oh this is not going to be a book I'd enjoy at all." About a week or 2 went by before I picked it up again deciding I'd give it another shot since I had no other unread books on my nook. I finished it in 2 days (alot of 2's I know) it was so good I hated to put it down! And to think I was so skeptical after only reading 2 chapters! Echols has done it yet again! I am in awe of her ability to write such a wonderful love story! I must say this author is simply brilliant!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story plot is original, the characters are great & easy to relate to with their lives & feelings. Grayson was came off as cocky & uncaring but I knew he had potential & I'd love him in the end. Leah was not the usual virginal character I'm getting tired of reading about (thankfully b/c not every main female character can be a virgin!) This story felt more real than most love stories even with the planes & flying. The addition of Mark's character was nice too even though he was strange he was realistic. All in all I am so glad I picked this one back up & gave it another shot! Donot hesitate buying this one or in my case reading it!
Posted December 12, 2012