Friday, 10 January 2014

Review: Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols

Such A Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Pages: 325
Publication Date: July 20, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books

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.

Being completely impressed with Jennifer Echol's Going Too Far, I've been wanting to pick up another novel of hers. The amount of laughter Jennifer brought in Going Too Far, I was excited to see what she was going to bring in the table with Such A Rush. Instead of humor, it brought frustration and anger.

Leah Jones has a love for airplanes ever since her boss gave her a flying lesson at fourteen. Three years later, Leah has earned her commercial license and helps Mr. Hall, her boss, fly banners. She shares the job with Mr. Hall's sons, Alec and Grayson. Though they haven't spoken that much, Leah has always crushed on Grayson. They finally start talking after the death of Mr.Hall and Grayson decides to continue the family business. Leah declines the offer, knowing that the business wouldn't last long under his hands, but with a secret that Grayson holds of Leah's, she has no choice but to play along. Not only that, Grayson threatens to tell Leah's forgery to her mother if she doesn't make Alec ask her out.

The main reason why I didn't like this book was because of Leah. She hates the way people think of her. They think she's a slut by the way she dresses and the amount of rumors that goes around the school. What I don't get is that Leah hates being called a whore because of the clothes she wears, but instead of covering her body with clothes, she reveals even more skin. This frustrates me. If you don't like what people say about you, don't give them something that will give them that assumption. I mean, we all can't control of what people think of us, but if you want don't want to be labeled as a hooker, certainly don't dress like one.

For the love interests, Alec and Grayson, I could personally could care less about them. They are twins, but they are quite the opposite. Echols portrays Alec as the good guy and Grayson as the irresponsible bad boy. I honestly don't get why Leah crushed on Grayson. He was a complete jerk to her and accused her of sleeping with his father. I don't get it. How could you like a guy who accuses you of such a thing?!

Though Such A Rush may be a favourite for others, but this book did not sit well with me. If you like happy endings, I would definitely recommend this, but other than that, I wouldn't find another reason to pick this one up.


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