Rush

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Equal parts romance and heart-pounding action, this novel will leave you absolutely breathless. Join teen Jake King, an adrenaline junkie turned hotshot firefighter, as he struggles with the one risk he cannot take: losing his best friend and secret love, the beautiful Salome Lee. But to Jake, firefighting is like breathing pure adrenaline. And if he doesn't stop soon, they could all get burned. . . .

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Overview

Equal parts romance and heart-pounding action, this novel will leave you absolutely breathless. Join teen Jake King, an adrenaline junkie turned hotshot firefighter, as he struggles with the one risk he cannot take: losing his best friend and secret love, the beautiful Salome Lee. But to Jake, firefighting is like breathing pure adrenaline. And if he doesn't stop soon, they could all get burned. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nicole Drago
Get ready to have your breath catch in your throat or to be taken away. Award-winning author Jonathan Friesen's new book, Rush, is a captivating story that is told through the eyes of Jake King, an eighteen-year-old boy who will do anything to get his adrenaline going. The up-tempo plot keeps the story interesting, and the stunts keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Although confusing at some points, the book will show you unbelievable adventures, but also teach true lessons about friendship, family, and love. It is a good read for any boys or girls who love action and drama. Reviewer: Nicole Drago, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Ernie Goldberg
Some people cannot get enough thrills. They need danger to stay alive. Jake King is such a person. At age eight, he climbed the gym ropes to the ceiling to retrieve his best friend Salome's necklace, thrown in a vent by another student. At age seventeen, the thrills are harder to come by and he will risk it all, even Salome, to get another thrill. Brockton, CA is home to forest fire fighters and living there, Jake is familiar with them. They rush into burning forests, rappel down mountain sides, and jump from helicopters to quench a fire. This is the ultimate high, and after being expelled from school for stealing gym equipment, fire fighting is Jake's only alternative. It is in his family's blood; both his father and brother were fire fighters. Jake finds more than he bargained for in his chief, Moxie, and his band of Immortals. Will he risk everything to become an Immortal? You will feel the heat in Rush. You will feel the rush as Jake pushes boundaries. You may or may not sympathize with him as he risks his relationship with Salome and you may or may not relate to his loner 'always in trouble' status. The story is good, not great. The thrills are exciting. You will be able to visualize some, but not all of Jake's adventures. Rush should attract junior high and high school boys and might get them reading. It's worth a shot. Reviewer: Ernie Goldberg
Mollie Johnson
His father is the wealthiest, most powerful man in Brockton, but nothing ever seems to go Jake King's way. It has something to do with those dark gray clouds that constantly cover his mind and only disappear when he's around Salome, his best friend and secret love, or when he's putting his life in serious danger in order to feel a rush. But trouble is brewing in the area that has nothing to do with Jake's adrenaline junkie ways. Forest firefighters in Brockton have a habit of dying young and their deaths are shrouded in mystery. When Jake is given the chance to join one of the crews, he jumps at the chance. For him, rappelling into wildfires is the best rush he could ask for. But this new life comes with serious choices and consequences, and Jake has to maneuver the thin lines between life, love, and the rush. Reviewer: Mollie Johnson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Jake King, 18, relies on extreme sports for the adrenaline rush that clears his "brain cloud" and focuses his thoughts. He's suspended from school after a reckless climb up the town water tower severely injures a family friend. Jake spins his wheels, nursing a crush on girl-next-door Salome, until he gets an offer to join a crew of hotshot helicopter-rappelling firefighters known as the Immortals. His brother Scottie warns him that the Immortals are cursed, but for Jake the prospect of rappelling into a wildfire is too much to resist. Jake uncovers a secret society, the Rush Club, headed by menacing Immortals leader Mox Stone. Initiation involves risky stunts that have left numerous recruits dead. Jake opts in, hoping to destroy the Rush Club from the inside and stop these unnecessary deaths. By the time that Jake finally realizes that Salome is the only rush he really needs, it's too late to back out of the initiation, a dangerous cliff dive. It's unclear why Jake keeps Salome at arm's length for so long when they are clearly crazy about each other, and her motivations are confusing. Some listeners may find their attention flagging during the overly long sections between action scenes, but the allure of firefighting and a sinister secret society should help overcome these problems. Nick Landrum's smooth, restrained reading elevates Jonathan Friesen's uneven novel (Penguin/Speak, 2010).—Amy V. Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412589
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 979,758
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 5.66 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerk, California is Jonathan Friesen’s first novel. A fourteen-year public school teacher and writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, Jonathan shares his passion for writing with children of all ages—including three of his own, whom he home schools. He lives in Mora, Minnesota.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    If you can't make it to Six Flags, try reading RUSH!

    What I loved about RUSH.

    The tough/nice guy character of Jake. He's a risk-taking, adrenaline-junkie, kid trying to do the right thing who can't stay out of BIG trouble.

    Jake's descriptions of how AD/HD affected his mind.

    Sweet & sassy Salome, an strong, independent chick who's not sitting around waiting for a "knight in shining armor."

    Story setting in the California wildfire region, exploring the exploits of men who risk their lives fighting out of control fires.

    Mystery of "The Immortals," firefighters' secret club.

    Fast-paced page-turner.

    You can really FEEL the rush as Jake risks everything, jumping bikes, fighting fires and scaling rock walls all for the thrill of it.

    So if you're a reader who likes your action with a little lovin' or your romance with a touch of danger, RUSH out and get a copy ASAP. Meanwhile you can...

    Check out the book trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2LkZzI7VJ8

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Fire

    Some people cannot get enough thrills. They need danger to stay alive. Jake King is such a person. At age eight, he climbed the gym ropes to the ceiling to retrieve his best friend Salome's necklace, thrown in a vent by another student. At age seventeen, the thrills are harder to come by and he will risk it all, even Salome, to get another thrill. Brockton, CA is home to forest fire fighters and living there Jake is familiar with them. They rush into burning forests, rappel down mountain sides, and jump from helicopters to quench a fire. This is the ultimate high, and after being expelled from school for stealing gym equipment, fire fighting is Jake's only alternative. Plus it is in his family's blood; both his father and brother were fire fighters. However, he finds more than he bargained for in his chief, Moxie, and his band of Immortals. Will he risk everything to become an Immortal?
    You will feel the heat in Rush. You will feel the rush as Jake pushes boundaries. You may or may not sympathize with him as he risks his relationship with Salome and you may or may not relate to his loner/'always in trouble' status. The story is good, not great. The thrills are exciting. You will be able to visualize some, but not all of Jake's adventures. Rush should attract junior high and high school boys and might get them reading. It's worth a shot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Meet

    I meet the authorvat a young writers and artist conference (where i bought it) and he signed it saying ENJOY THE RUSH

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo

    Adrenaline junkie and daredevil, Jake's stunts have caused others to get hurt, get himself expelled from school, and earn himself the title of the town's pariah. When the opportunity presents itself to join an elite team of forest firefighters who call themselves the Immortals, he jumps at the chance - despite the fact that these men who rappel into forest fires tend to die young. As he goes through the group leader's dangerous training and unorthodox ways of initiation, he begins to realize that there's more to life than the next adrenaline high. Will Jake continue to be a firefighter, or will his sense of right and wrong change his mind? A great, fast-paced book that will give you an adrenaline rush just by reading it. The characters are well-developed, the plot is gripping, and the stakes in the book are high. Readers who are adrenaline junkies themselves or who like adventure and survival stories will enjoy reading RUSH.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Excellent

    It was a wonderfully written insight into the lives of adrenaline-loving thrill seekers.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    The Title Says It

    It is a Rush. Following Jake through the flames gives a whole new appreciation for the fire fighters and what they do.

    Jake King is on the outside, except with Salome. The whole town wants him there. But when this adrenaline addict discovers a crew of fighters as crazy as himself, the heat turns up, and his life is on the line.

    It's a great read. A perfect summer read.

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