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.
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This was my first Jennifer Echols book, and I have to say, it really impressed me! I’ve been hearing a lot of talk from bloggers lately about her, and I have been wanting to give her a shot, especially with this new book.
Such a Rush is addicting – the characters was very flawed, yet somehow you like them enough to keep on reading. Leah is one of those people you meet and wish you could just take in because her life isn’t good. In fact, it’s pretty bad – other than flying, of course. And her best friend, Molly, I didn’t like from the start. She seemed like she didn’t care about Leah for much more than just the surface, and didn’t want to have to deal with the stuff in Leah’s life unless she absolutely had to.
Grayson and Alec come into the story about halfway through, and by then, you’ve heard so much about them, that when you meet them you’re like, “What? These are the guys Leah won’t shut up about?” And Grayson was totally not a guy I liked. But then, he grew on you. He was hot and cold though – one moment totally sweet, the next hard and rude. Alec, on the other hand, was sweet, slightly carefree, and totally not what Leah needed in a boyfriend. She needed a Grayson – just without the bad parts.
So when all of Grayson, Alec, Leah, and the Hall family past is dredged up, Leah is involved, and not necessarily in the way she wants. All of a sudden, Leah is important to a family she has always wanted to be a part of, and it’s not exactly glorious by any means. The only question is: why have the brothers changed?
I really enjoyed this book – it’s original, well written, and the characters are real. They feel like people you could meet walking down the street, and that is becoming harder and harder to find now in fiction. The story is interesting and a great read! I highly suggest this book.