Such a Rush

Such a Rush

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by Jennifer Echols
     
 

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The wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story returns with a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent

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The wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story returns with a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are 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.

Engrossing and intense, Such a Rush is a captivating story from an author with a rising star.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is one twisted love triangle that had us scratching our heads and biting our nails. In short: a real page-turner! You'll love it if you're looking for a summer read that's loaded with drama….It's an emotional story—complete with funny, sarcastic characters and mean-girl confrontations—that you're sure to enjoy!” —Seventeen

"An excellent read!...If you're looking for your romance with a healthy dose of realistic drama, then this book is for you." —BookLiaison.com

"Such a Rush is a fantastic read for summer! ... It’s a must read for contemporary romance fans!" —Book and Latte Reviews

"This book has it all." —ElizzieBooks.com

“A perfect summer read … Echols’ blend of romance, interesting characters, witty dialogue and dramatic intrigue makes her latest book a favorite of mine.” —TheReadingDate.com Book Reviews

FOREVER YA FICTION
"Such a Rush has it all: a strong female character, two hot twin brothers, and a love story that will have your heart beating faster."
Forever YA Fiction
"Such a Rush has it all: a strong female character, two hot twin brothers, and a love story that will have your heart beating faster.
Forever Ya Fiction
"Such a Rush has it all: a strong female character, two hot twin brothers, and a love story that will have your heart beating faster."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451658019
Publisher:
MTV Books
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This is one twisted love triangle that had us scratching our heads and biting our nails. In short: a real page-turner! You'll love it if you're looking for a summer read that's loaded with drama….It's an emotional story—complete with funny, sarcastic characters and mean-girl confrontations—that you're sure to enjoy!” —Seventeen

"An excellent read!...If you're looking for your romance with a healthy dose of realistic drama, then this book is for you." —BookLiaison.com

"Such a Rush is a fantastic read for summer! ... It’s a must read for contemporary romance fans!" —Book and Latte Reviews

"This book has it all." —ElizzieBooks.com

“A perfect summer read … Echols’ blend of romance, interesting characters, witty dialogue and dramatic intrigue makes her latest book a favorite of mine.” —TheReadingDate.com Book Reviews

Meet the Author

Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Such a Rush 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
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.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
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.
WhatsOntheBookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book had hardships and love......wish there was a second book
Shanyn More than 1 year ago
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.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
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*
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jennifer Echols book, and it definitely won't be my last. Lots of drama, but for the most part, I enjoyed it, as the slower parts were, too, always tempered with the right amount of oomph. The setting was full--Ms. Echols painted a wonderful picture of Heaven Beach and Hall Aviation, and it was easy to put yourself in the story. SUCH A RUSH is about love, family, friendship, flying, and a whole lot more. I would recommend it to anyone who loves contemporaries, love stories, family drama, and strong, independent, female MCs. * I'd say it's definitely upper YA due to sexual content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read all that many of Jennifer Echols’ novels, at least not in comparison to other YA authors. I always kind of figured her as a lighthearted romance author, with the occasional story I might pick up and blow through on a bad day. After finishing “Such a Rush” though, I may be forced to rethink my position. This is a romance, no doubt about it, but there’s so much more at stake here. Don’t get me wrong–I love a good romance, a good will-they-won’t-they as much as the next person. But from the first page, I was really impressed by how much the setting came into play. I have minimal experience with the south, and even less experience with trailer parks, but the scenario set up in the opening chapter was what made it perfectly believable to me that the MC would turn to flying as an escape. In fact, Leah was one of the main reasons I loved this book so much. She was tough and she didn’t pander to anyone, but she knew when to back down and be nice, and when to play hardball. It’s always refreshing to find a female protagonist who doesn’t fall exclusively in the ‘tough’ or ‘manipulative’ categories. The minor characters took a bit more time to grow on me. I started out disliking both boys, and feeling lukewarm about Molly. Kudos to Echols for being able to develop them as characters so that I was rooting for and squealing over all of them by the end. I’m not into flying, and in all probability a small plane would send me into a panic, but the flying scenes were some of the strongest parts of the book. It’s not only clear that there was a lot of research done, but that Leah’s passion for it and her reasons for feeling that way came through loud and clear. Once I got into the story, I finished it in no time. A much deserved four stars. Can’t wait to check out some of Jennifer Echol’s other work.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"In each South Carolina town where I'd lived--and I'd lived in a lot of them--the trailer park was next to the airport. After one more move when I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to love in a trailer park my whole life, I could complain about the smell of jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else who lived here, or I could learn to fly." Her senior year of high school, Leah Jones things her life is finally coming together. After three years working at the local airport and flying with her instructor, Mr. Hall, Leah is finally ready for a real pilot job. She's one step closer to her dream of becoming a professional pilot and getting out of the trailer park for good. When Mr. Hall dies suddenly, Leah's future isn't as certain--especially her future flight career. Mr. Hall's twin sons Alec and Grayson plan to keep family banner business running. Between Alec's seeming lack of interest and Grayson's erratic behavior, Leah has no desire to tie herself to a doomed business. When Grayson threatens to expose her biggest secret--one that could jeopardize all of her future ambitions--Leah has no choice but to fly for Hall Aviation and go along with Grayson's mysterious plot involving his brother Alec even if it could ruin everything for Leah in ¿Such a Rush¿ (2012) by Jennifer Echols. Such a Rush is Echols' first hardcover novel. She is the author of numerous romantic dramas and comedies for teens. Such a Rush is filled with potential. The South Carolina setting is immediately evocative even when Leah is at pains to remind readers about how different both ends of her beach town really are. Leah's pull toward the air is palpable and adds a unique spin to the story and her character. As a heroine Leah is complicated and multi-dimensional and immediately sympathetic with an upbringing that will break your heart and, from the first line of the novel, an admirable resilience. I'd even say Such a Rush has all of the pieces that mark a great novel. Unfortunately, this one also has a lot of extra trappings that diminish the overall quality of the story. While I loved the opening of the novel and admired Leah's ambition and commitment to her goals, she is also a frustrating heroine. A lot of things happen to Leah. Throughout the course of the story Leah is exploited by different characters forced into scenarios and situations she would otherwise avoid. Aside from being swept up in events rather than actively seeking alternative solutions for herself, Leah's love interest in the story is also a big problem. Leah and Grayson's chemistry is immediately obvious. Echols writes moments between them that all but sizzle.* But their relationship is also never on an equal footing. Sadly, Leah and Grayson's unequal power dynamic makes their exchanges uncomfortable. Even at their most intimate--their most connected--Grayson holds his authority over Leah forcing her into directions she does not want to go. Beyond that, it was painful to read how other characters perceive Leah. Despite supposedly being friends to her, other characters always assume the worst of Leah accusing her of everything from sleeping around to being a gold digger.** All while refusing to acknowledge everything Leah has fought against to even get to this point let alone the dedication it will take for her to actually become a professional pilot. These problems are most apparent in the middle of the story. At the beginning Leah come across as less passive, with more agency, as readers learn what led her to the airport and Mr. Hall in the first place. The middle of the story focuses more on what everyone thinks of Leah, rather than how she is in reality, and forces Leah into a passive role in her dealings with the Hall twins. These two elements combine to make for a slow midpoint of the novel. Things come together in the end for Leah, as well they should, with a sugar sweet ending that almost makes up for the other characters' abominable behavior during the rest of the novel. Almost. Such a Rush is a great choice for anyone looking for an original romance even if a close reading might change your view of the characters. Issues aside, Such a Rush definitely proves that Echols is an author worth watching. *This won't be the popular opinion since the book is a romance novel but I think Such a Rush worked a little too hard to be steamy. The story was good enough without. **SPOILER ALERT: Even at one of the seemingly romantic moments of the story these things come up. Right before Leah and Grayson share an intense moment on the beach, Grayson asks Leah--not for the first time--if she really didn't sleep with Mr. Hall. In other words, the lead up to their big romantic scene is Grayson double checking that Leah didn't sleep with his father and forcing Leah to justify the one non-dysfunctional relationship in her life. Which (because Leah keeps letting things happen to her rather than making active decisions) results in Leah telling Grayson she could have fallen for Mr. Hall had he been younger (ie: she could fall for Grayson) instead of just admitting she saw Mr. Hall as a father figure and telling Grayson to get his mind out of the gutter. Again, I want to point out this is what happens at a key romantic moment in the story. END SPOILER **A copy of this book was received from the publisher for review**
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Leah spent her life on the move, from one trailer park to the next. Being stuck with her uncaring mother and a hopeless future, Leah decides to become a pilot and get away from all of it. She starts flying with Mr. Hall, training to fly planes and there she meets his two sons who are going to play a big role in her life, too. Grayson and Alec are getting to know Leah better only now. Grayson and Leah's love story could've been romantic, but not with the lies and deceit that Grayson unnecessarily brings into our story. And it annoyed me beyond belief that he wanted his brother Alec to seduce Leah while truly Grayson wanted her for himself. It's an unfair, oppressive and stupid game the teens are playing. The majority of dialogues is unsatisfactory and very often infuriating in their naivety and impertinence. And the characters didn't feel well-rounded and too imbalanced in all their extreme behaviours. The only thing that kept me reading were Jennifer's well-written love scenes, which I devoured in no time. Airplanes and flying are the main theme of SUCH A RUSH. Leah is working at a small airport and is dreaming about becoming a pilot herself one day. The flying gives her space and opens up a whole new world of possibilities, freedom and happiness. It was cool to learn more about the different types of planes and how they are functioning. 3,5/5 ***/* SUCH A RUSH - A pilot girl fighting for her future and sexy scenes on the one hand, upsetting romantic confusions and redundant dialogues on the other. SUCH A RUSH appeared to be pretty unpolished, with many rough edges I didn't like. Why did the characters have to be so obnoxiously stubborn and inconsiderate of other people's feelings all the time? I'd like to read this story again, the nice version please.
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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. This is a must read... I'll be recommending to all my reading friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. S.A.K.
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I love the book! The title is great and the cover but isnt she supposed to have curly hair?... whatever its a great boook!!!
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Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!
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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.
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Rebecca_Berto More than 1 year ago
***3.5 stars*** 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. ***3.5 stars***