Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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. 
~back of the book

Publisher: MTV Books
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 16

There was something really golden about Such a Rush. Lately I've been craving good contemporary novels, so when The Story Siren recommended this I asked for it right away! Now, this book has been out for two months, but it's still new and I'd recommend you pick it up before Friday so you have a great weekend read! To start off this review, I'm going to tell you some awesome factors:
-a really strong protagonist
-twin brothers (hot)
-teenage pilots

The characters in this novel were amazing. Why? They were original but familiar! I could believe that they existed and even though I hated some of the decisions they made, I couldn't help admitting that if I were them, I'd probably do the same thing. Echols did a great job of getting you into Leah's head. She's different from any other protagonist I've read, and she's totally different from me, but I understood her, and frankly, I respected her! She lives in a trailer park and has had a tough life, but with the airport job, she takes her work life seriously. I love that in a person! She was also sarcastic and funny and sometimes just plain silly! The other main characters: Mr. Hall, Grayson and Alec Hall, and Molly, the best friend, created a fun atmosphere. Their love for flying is tangible and I learned a lot about planes from reading this book!

Now...the hot twin brothers. 'Nough said in my opinion, but I'll just say that there's a boy for everyone in this book! I loved seeing Grayson's character unfold. He's troubled and hot-tempered but there's a lot more to him that starts to unravel chapter after chapter. He's quite the character and I think every reader will fall in love with him! If not him, then his brother Alec!

Lastly, teenage pilots. These kids are flying airplanes around and running their own business! If that's not cool then I don't know what it is! Leah, Alec, and Grayson all have their commercial pilot licenses and frankly, that's hot too! This book isn't just about twin brothers and a couple lies, it's about passion and working for your dreams! Something all teenagers are going through right now. After work hours there's a lot of spring break partying, which is why I'd recommend this book to ages 14 and up! 

Overall, I loved this book. It made me create my own opinions and come down to earth with each character--it forced me to see through their eyes and at the same time it was simply such a rush to read and fill my free time with! At first I was a little put off thinking this main character is 14 years old, but then I read the second chapter and she's 18 and everything changes! Towards the end there's so much emotion and revelations that I either couldn't turn the pages fast enough, secretly didn't want to finish the book, or was dreading that things would get worse--maybe all three! However, I am so so so happy I finished because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I can still hear Leah in my head. I would say it's a rather quick read! Strap yourself in though, because these pilots take you on some wild rides! 

But basically, this blogger sums up my thoughts pretty well. (scroll down, first review)

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Happy reading!
Rachel, age 16

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