Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Such a Rush
by Jennifer Echols
Young Adult Realist Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: MTV Books
Published on: July 10, 2012
Pages: 325

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers. 

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true... but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

An overview of the Novel: I feel like the Goodreads description is a good description of the novel and don't feel the need to add to it. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay so there are mixed feelings about this book. I thought a lot about what people said a bout it, and frankly I disagree with them. They said that she should have felt more after Mr. Hall died, I disagree. It was in the little things that she did that you could see she did care. I thought how she grieved over him was appropriate.

People say that Leah, Grayson, and Alex are stupid characters--yeah they are pretty stupid at some points but it's a believable stupid. I thought these characters were real. Yes, Alex wasn't super developed as a character, but I thought that was realistic considering it's told from Leah's view and Leah doesn't really care about him.

Leah and Grayson were stupid, I wanted to scream at them and yet I was rooting for them the entire time because they felt real.

I loved this book. Almost gave it a 5. I loved the world Echols created, a world full of planes, danger, risk, and love. It was beautifully-crafted and I thought the story was well-written. 

Out of the masses of books I read, it stood out to me and that's saying something. If you are looking for characters who are flawless or characters that you will always love, then this isn't the novel for you. If you are looking for brilliant writing and an incredible world to get lost in, then this is for you. 

So why 4 stars? I loved it. The beginning was slow and so for that I gave it a 4, but I adored the book. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, some sexual content that is not detailed but is written in a way that is appropriate for 16+.

The Wrap-up: An engaging enjoyable read that had me hooked from the very beginning. Loved it. 

Love,

Danica Page

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