Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Hi all!

The usual YA review from me :)

Title: Such a Rush
Release date: 18th of December 2012
Published by: Simon & Schuster, Inc
Imprint: MTV Books
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 336 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository


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.

For Leah Jones, reality is life in a rundown trailer park with an irresponsible mother. But there’s one escape. With an after-school job at the local airstrip, she manages to afford cut-rate flight lessons. At the controls of a small plane, she leaves the trailer park far below, swooping out over the sea in the ultimate rush.

By her senior year of high school, Leah’s dreams come true: she snags a job flying for an aerial banner-advertising business. Then the owner dies suddenly, leaving everything in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she tries to stay clear of the apparently doomed business—until Grayson digs up her most damning secret. Holding it over Leah’s head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. She’s been drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

This is my second book by this author and I’m again amazed on how well she writes. I can’t fully explain this but I like how everything flows, is detailed but not overly so, easy to read but still manages to be complicated enough – her prose is just noticeably good.

Other things I liked include the theme and setting. It was quite unusual and that made it interesting and fresh. I was curious to read about the on goings of a small airport and flying planes made for banner towing and fertilizing, not very glamorous but intriguing enough, especially if the ones doing the flying were mostly teenagers.

The romance was very sweet to me even though it was more on the subtle side, not in your face and the hero didn’t act very hero like most of the time. The sexual tension was also quite noticeable in many scenes. I enjoyed that a lot.

As with the first book, I found the level of maturity in this story to be great. No chaste kisses and blushing, there were hormonal teenagers who were basically adults in many aspects. It felt genuine and pleasant not having to believe that such people never did anything above PG-13.

My biggest issue with this book was how Leah was regarded and spoken of in the context of, well, a slut. It was quite uncomfortable everyone viewing her as such just because she was from a trailer park and clearly very attractive. Not only that, at times she was labeled that just because and the topic was taken as a “joke” by some people in the story. Nevertheless, despite me not liking the way it was handled, it came across – sadly – quite realistic on how her case could be handled in the real world.


Leah was a tough girl, she had to be to be able to survive in her conditions. She had a dream and knew what she wanted and I admire her for going after that. At times she was too lenient with, basically, everyone in her life and they ended up using her in one way or another, intentionally or not. Everyone needed her for something but never due to reasons beneficial to her, always for selfish damaging to her purposes. Still, she didn’t come across weak, on the contrary. I liked that she didn’t wallow because of her less than fortunate conditions and didn’t take to heart what others gossiped about and regarded her as. She wasn’t jaded and a complete mess, which is something I apprechiated about her.

Grayson was a complete mystery for quite a long time, whose motives, actions and feelings were difficult to unravel. I’m not sure if that secrecy made him sexier than he was or was he just plain sexy – the signature cowboy hat, sunglasses and those flowing blonde locks – very promising. Well, one thing’s for sure, he was a hot mess, who was at the same time quite responsible, serious, hardworking and determined. I did, however, mind how he kept Leah in the dark and used her for his personal reasons.

Alec – Compared to Grayson he seemed boyish, good-natured, smiley and even naive. When Grayson was deep, he remained slightly shallow and undeveloped next to him. He was a nice guy, but he managed to surprise me in the end.

Molly – What kind of a friend was she? Not someone I would take a liking to that’s for sure, although she had her nice moments.


This was a simple yet deep and deep yet simple story. I recommend to all who want a good non-supernatural contemporary YA romance with distinctive and flawed characters.

4 stars!


1 comment:

  1. This sounds like something I'd enjoy. It's so true! Drama is the teenage experience. LOL I so need to read something by this author. I can't believe I haven't yet.

    Zaira Lynn (Boiler Service)


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