Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols-YA Contemporary Romance
Paperback given by Simon and Schuster/MTV Books for review/ARC
Summary: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 knew I was going to love this book early into the story. I can't relate to Leah in life experience, but I think anyone can relate to her on an emotional level. She's had a tough life and there is a bit of a hard edge to her as a result. Leah is a survivor. She has no choice. Her poor excuse of a mother has basically abandoned her and she has no idea who her father is. Leah made the decision early on to lead a different life. She's determined to be better. So, how will she do it? By becoming a pilot of course.
Growing up near airports, Leah was always intrigued by planes. So, when they move to Heaven Beach, she gets a job at the airport and then meets Mr. Hall. He saw a spark and tenacity in her. Ultimately, I think he was a great father figure for her to look up to and really rely on. Even though he had a broken family, he showed his children love and also provided a solid ground for her to stand on. Leah needed to have someone in her life like that.
As for the romance, I remember reading the synopsis thinking that the story was going to take us through a big love triangle between brothers. That was not the case. There is a reason for both brothers to be involved with Leah, but her feelings are firmly with Grayson. And let me say, I loved, loved, loved Grayson. Yes, he's gorgeous, snarky, and overall desirable, but there is a sensitivity to him that really makes you fall hard for him. After his father dies, he really matures and I liked seeing how important keeping the family business was to him. I felt like Grayson and Leah were a perfect match for each other. Their passion for each other created the perfect amount of steam for a YA novel. I really loved the way the story ended. It was perfect.
This was the first book I've read by Jennifer Echols and I can honestly say that I can't wait to read more of her books. The writing is flawless. She literally puts you into the characters lives. I felt like I could see the story playing in my mind. I became so involved in Leah and Grayson, that I started reading the last few chapters more slowly, because I didn't want the book to end. If you're looking for a heartfelt YA romance with an equal balance of character and plot building, this is the perfect read for you.
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