Such a Rush

Such a Rush

by Jennifer Echols

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From acclaimed bestseller Jennifer Echols comes a sizzling tale of a young airplane pilot torn 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.

For Leah Jones, reality is life in a rundown trailer park with an irresponsible mother. But there’s one escape. With an after-school job at the local airstrip, she manages to afford cut-rate flight lessons. At the controls of a small plane, she leaves the trailer park far below, swooping out over the sea in the ultimate rush.

By her senior year of high school, Leah’s dreams come true: she snags a job flying for an aerial banner-advertising business. Then the owner dies suddenly, leaving everything in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she tries to stay clear of the apparently doomed business—until Grayson digs up her most damning secret. Holding it over Leah’s head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. She’s been drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451658057
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at

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“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." —

"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." —

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

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Such a Rush includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Everyone needs an escape. For Leah Jones, that escape is flying. When she’s in the cockpit of a plane she can leave her troubles—her undependable mother, the fact that most of her fellow high school seniors call her trash, and the knowledge that Grayson Hall, the boy she has given her heart to, barely recognizes her existence—on the ground below. But when Mr. Hall, her flight instructor, and the only dependable adult in her life, dies unexpectedly, Leah is afraid her one escape has been ripped from her grasp forever.

When Mr. Hall’s sons—Alec and Grayson—return to the hangar to take over their father’s business, Leah’s life takes an unexpected turn. Grayson has discovered her most damning secret and uses it to blackmail her into working for him—both as a pilot and as the means to an end in a mysterious secret involving Alec. Caught between the brother she loves and the brother she is supposed to love, Leah realizes that life, like flying, is dangerous: make just one mistake and the consequences can spin out of your control.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Consider the opening paragraph of Such a Rush. What are your first impressions of Leah? Does this impression change over the course of the novel?

2. “I could not guess at Mr. Hall’s motives, but I had liked him because he was kind to me and funny, not because he gave me something I wanted. I felt guilty for putting the loss of him and the loss of my flight time into the same depressing thought.” Why does Leah equate the loss of flying with the loss of Mr. Hall? What do planes and flying represent to Leah? Is there anything else in her life that matches the feeling she has when flying?

3. Leah thinks to herself, “If Molly was going to force me to a party where the girls would call me trash, and Grayson was going to treat me that way, I would dress the part.” How much of our personalities are defined by how others see us? Do you think Leah’s rebellion against how others see her is effective? Is it constructive? Do you think, given her circumstances, the “tough girl act” is her only means of standing up for herself? Have you ever been placed in a similar situation? How did you react?

4. Molly and Leah have a strong, but very unconventional friendship. In the end, both girls realize that neither one is truly being herself out of fear of losing the other. What assumptions do Molly and Leah make about each other? Why do you think it was so hard for them to trust each other? Does their friendship remind you of any relationships in your own life?

5. “I remembered what Mr. Hall had told me when I first asked him for a lesson: the kids who watch planes are destined to be pilots. I envied Molly...she wasn’t driven toward a career that was out of her reach. But envying Molly was a dangerous road for me. I knew better than to go down it.” Do you agree with Leah? Or do you think Leah is the lucky one, to have found what she loves to do even if she has to fight to hold onto it?

6. While having dinner at Molly’s parents’ cafe, Molly asks Grayson, Alec, and Leah why they each wanted to start flying in the first place. What do Molly, Grayson, and Alec’s different answers reveal about them as characters? Do you think it is significant that both Leah and Grayson mention the “rush” that flying gives them, but Alec doesn’t? Or that Alec mentions Jake and the family business, but Grayson doesn’t? Compare, contrast, and discuss their answers.

7. Leah loves both the Hall brothers in very different ways. What are some of the characteristics Alec and Grayson share? What are some of their differences? Who do you think Leah should ultimately be with?

8. Grayson and Leah both see themselves as outsiders. Do you think that’s why they are drawn to each other? What judgments do they make about one another? How do they learn to move past those judgments?

9. Discuss Leah’s relationship with her mother. How does her mother’s attitude toward men shape Leah’s own attitude? Consider the following quote in your response: “Men always do that to women when they feel threatened. They tell everyone the woman must be giving out blow jobs because there’s no way she could be successful otherwise.” (MS-pg. 215) Do you agree with Leah’s statement? Do you think Leah accuses Grayson because this statement is true, or because of what she has learned from her mother?

10. Leah defends Mr. Hall to Grayson when Grayson gets angry about the fact that his father cheated on his mother and walked out on their family. Do you feel that sometimes we are too hard on the people we are closest to, because it is difficult to see them clearly or objectively? Do you think that Leah perhaps saw Mr. Hall for who he was better than Grayson simply because they weren’t family?

11. “That’s when I realized people use each other, Grayson. They define their relationships by what they are getting.” Do you agree or disagree with Leah’s assessment of relationships? Discuss how this perception shapes her decisions. Do you think Leah still feels this way about relationships at the end of the novel? Why or why not?

12. Leah, Grayson, and Alec’s primary motivations are rooted in their family history and their backgrounds. Leah wants to escape her past and never wants to be like her mother; Grayson feels guilty over the way he behaved when his father was alive and is determined not to let him down; and Alec is searching for a way to make his father and brother proud. Discuss the differences and similarities implicit within each character’s motivations. Did you identify with any one character in particular? Were you surprised by any of the decisions these characters made?

13. Leah, Molly, Alec, and Grayson all keep important secrets from each other in Such a Rush. Discuss these secrets and why you believe each character chose to keep secrets from one another. Were you surprised to discover that Alec had known about Grayson’s plan the entire time? Why do you think Molly didn’t tell Leah the truth about her and Alec?

Enhance Your Book Club

1. Is there something in your life that means as much to you as flying does to Leah and Grayson? What are your passions? What gives you that “rush” feeling? Do you love to cook, knit, draw, write, scrapbook, run, or snowboard? Have each member in your book club share their own passions with the group. How do these activities make you feel? Why do you think you are drawn to your particular passion?

2. Leah often borrows old copies of Plane & Pilot from Hall Aviation to take home and read. Visit to learn more about the magazine Leah describes as a “delicious luxury.” Have each member choose an article to read and then plan to share an interesting fact or something you learned with the rest of the group.

3. Visit Jennifer Echols’s website at to read her “Frequently Asked Questions” and her personal blog. Consider reading another novel by Jennifer Echols, such as Going Too Far or Forget You, for your next book club discussion. How do the characters and plot relate to Such a Rush? Did you notice any similar themes?

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Such a Rush 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 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*
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, seems a bit dramatic doesn't it? Well things are dramatic when you're a teenager and I think Jennifer Echols catches that very well. I've only read Going Too Far by her before this and it's along the same vein as this one. Troubled, strong female MC. Sex isn't an issue, it's in the book. So be prepared along with some strong language and some pretty bad parenting and other things that people might object to. None of it is stuff that doesn't occur on the news nightly or isn't written in the papers. It's just that Jennifer Echols isn't afraid to write it down in a book about teens for teens. And I think she should. Leah has been raised in trailer parks next to airports her entire life. So, at the age of 14 when they move to Heaven Beach, South Carolina, she ducks under the fence and gets a job at the airport. She watches the planes come and go. She listens to the old pilots shoot the breeze on the front porch of the small airport that doesn't even have a flight control tower. And she eats it up. It's about the only thing she's got going right in her life. And so what if she's got a huge crush on Mr. Hall's of Hall Aviation son, Grayson. Nothing will ever come of it. They don't know she exists. The boys don't. But Leah figures out how to get flying lessons from Mr. Hall and he takes her in as a daughter, his sons are too busy to come visit after the divorce. By the time Grayson, Alec and Leah are all 18 they have their commercial pilot's licences and plan to spend Spring Break and the summer flying banners for money for Hall Aviation. But bad things happen and those plans go down the drain.Now, I'll say this about Jennifer Echols characters- they are complicated. I thought I had Leah figured out. She lived in a trailer and wanted to get out of it. But she wasn't going to be handed anything, she was going to earn it. And if people thought she had been handed something because she was sexy and knew how to use it, well they could think what they wanted to, she wasn't going to correct them. But Leah was also fierce to me. And I didn't expect her to take certain things that she did. I thought she acted a little out of character in certain parts of the book.Grayson, he was exactly who I thought he would be. Cocky, self assured, good looking and always had to have everything his way. Alec, was probably the easiest to like because he wasn't in the picture that much. And Molly, well let's just say, I don't want a best friend, if that's what I have to have. They all seemed to be good and wholesome and caring, but Leah just didn't see them for who they really were. She never let her own feelings out. She had a crappy mother who was always leaving her. She rarely had food. She didn't have a car to get food. No one ever offered to take her to get food and she never asked. Her reasons were stupid.But you know what, I loved this book. For all the flawed characters, I still loved the book and I will buy my own copy. I stayed up all night with a bad eye to read this one. I guess it was because the characters didn't fit a mold. They changed up when I thought I knew them. And I had to think about them for a few days before I could even write this review. They're still swimming around in my head. I really loved this book!It's definitely for older teens. It contains, strong language, sex, drugs, drinking, and other suggestive things regarding sex. I can't say what age, my teen is old enough for it. Use your best judgement.I did read the ARC of this book supplied by Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tours. I was not compensated for this 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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