Such a Rush
By Jennifer Echols
(MTV Books, Hardcover, 9781451658019, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
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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.
Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
“This is one twisted love triangle that had us scratching our heads and biting our nails. In short: a real page-turner! You'll love it if you're looking for a summer read that's loaded with drama….It's an emotional story—complete with funny, sarcastic characters and mean-girl confrontations—that you're sure to enjoy!” —Seventeen
"An excellent read!...If you're looking for your romance with a healthy dose of realistic drama, then this book is for you." —BookLiaison.com
"Such a Rush is a fantastic read for summer! ... It’s a must read for contemporary romance fans!" —Book and Latte Reviews
"This book has it all." —ElizzieBooks.com
“A perfect summer read … Echols’ blend of romance, interesting characters, witty dialogue and dramatic intrigue makes her latest book a favorite of mine.” —TheReadingDate.com Book Reviews
"Such a Rush has it all: a strong female character, two hot twin brothers, and a love story that will have your heart beating faster."
-FOREVER YA FICTION