Sometimes you read a book that is so good that you feel like you’re going to be sick. Oh, it’s also about flying.
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Obtained: Physical ARC from Small Girls PR
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books
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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.
I was laughing, I was furrowing my brow, I was holding on for dear life while reading Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols. I felt as if I were doing barrel rolls in Leah’s Piper Cub! It was such a joy (ride) to read and GOODNESS, I WANT MORE. This is the first book I had even read by Jennifer Echols, but it definitely isn’t the last. Some of my friends told my that this is her best book so far, and I believe it.
The boys: Swoon-worthy. BoyFeels. And passionate. I found myself nearly screaming, “NOW KISS!” several times, and when there was kissing, OH HOT DAMN.
The girls: So glad that any arguments or misunderstandings between Molly and Leah were for substantial reasons. They weren’t catty. Okay, maybe a bit territorial, but not catty.
Excuse me while I let out a blood-curdling fangirl SCREAM. That’s how good this book is. From the first two sentences, I WAS HOOKED. The writing itself is so good. I loved the characters. I loved the airplanes. My grandpa learned how to fly when he was 17, I think? Maybe even younger, so knowing that this story is about airplanes really interested me.
Everything in this book, everyone, every scene– it all felt so real. It isn’t often that you see fictional characters being so honest with one another. I feel like many books have the narrator shutting up when s/he should be telling the truth, as to build suspension, to build drama. Echols does not do this, and for that I am so thankful. Anytime Leah, Molly, Grayson, and Alec opens their mouths, it’s a stream of truthiness. I know that a lot of the story has to do with manipulation, but any personal stories told, any opinions given about another person, they are all honest and true. You get to read Leah’s inner thoughts and she does spell out her insecurities.
I freaking loved this book. Even if you dislike Contemporary fiction, this is a book you need to read. Airplanes, beautiful people in dramatic situations, sexytimez, this book has it all.
The reason why Andrew Garfield = Hall Twins: This .gif set.