Tuesday, July 10, 2012

|Review| Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Title: Such a Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Published July 10th 2012 by MTV Books
Genre: YA realistic contemporary, romance
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Goodread's 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.
Racquel's thoughts:
On the back of the Such a Rush paper ARC, it says Jennifer Echols is a rising star. I disagree. Jennifer Echols is not a rising star, she's been a star forever now. She's actually the freaking sun, that's how important she is! Such a Rush delivers awesome business just like all of Jennifer's other books and that's why Jenifer is not a rising star. She was a star with the release of Going too Far but today, July 10th, the official release of Such a Rush, Jennifer Echols is queen of contemporary! Jeez, how could they downgrade her like that?

How did I notice the rising star comment? Well, I devour JE's books. From cover to cover. I read everything. Even that page with publishers info. Dedication. Acknowledgment. The actual story. Back cover. Everything!! I love JE THAT much. Her books are my drug. She writes exactly the type of books that I crave. It's like they were written specifically for me because that's how I much I love them. They're perfect.

Jennifer Echols writes mature stories. I've seen it in Going too Far, in Love Story and now in Such a Rush. What do I mean by mature? Well the characters are going through serious stuff, family problems, death and money issues. There is no pitiful drama mama and I love that. Young YA is really not my thing so I appreciated the mature voice of the story no matter how the characters can act sometimes. Leah has been neglected basically her entire life. She never got to enjoy her childhood like a kid should or have fun as she grew up. Leah is a great character. A true human being. She's the type who has her middle finger in the air and has one friend only since every one else thinks she's trash. But she doesn't care. She just wants to fly. We truly don't have enough Leah's in YA. I have no problem with our regular smart cookie perfect-put-doesn't-know-it main character, I just believe YA needs more variety and Jennifer Echols succeeds in bringing something somewhat rare to the bookstores.

Grayson was another great character. A little too strong headed. An asshole at times. He is far away from perfect as a character can be. But thank god for that!! Grayson is MY kind of hero. Realistic. He got on my nerves at parts but he was a genuinely good person. Concerned for his brother and father's business and he wasn't going to let anyone get in the way of harming them, he would do anything for the one's he loved. So even IF he was manipulative and an asshole and fucked up at times, that made him better because Grayson is a complex person who's personality traits go beyond just perfect and swoony. He's multi-layered!

Now, could the romance be more perfect? It cannot. Grayson tries to get Leah to like Alec but the attraction between Grayson and Leah is unmistakable. Leah and Grayson bring out the worst and best in each other. They have a real connection that again goes beyond just cute and sweet. Also, kudos to JE for not shying away from sex. God bless her heart and soul. Some people might find Such a Rush a bit to steamy for YA but in my eyes it's still under-steamy and I don't mean about the graphic-ness of some scenes, but the overall topic of sex in the book. You come to my school for one hour and you will see. Sure not all teenagers are participating in sexual activities but that's the POINT. There are some books about those teenagers and then there is Such a Rush that shows you the teenagers who are. Again, variety!!

I can actually recommend Such a Rush. Well I DO recommend Such a Rush to every reader but I can actually go to my friends who are not active readers, hand them Such a Rush and I know they won't throw it at my face two weeks later. I also know that I will not be getting any "Racquel, what the fuck kind of book are you giving me to read? Is this boy supposed to her man? Some one needs to tell her his missing his balls and don't get me started on her anyways. Ugh." text messages. (oh yes, this real dialogue.) Again, VARIETY!

In addition, I'm a fan of airports and flying so of course I loved reading about Leah's love for airplanes and how important airplanes and flying were to the book plus Jennifer Echols knows her stuff! And in typical fashion, no matter how serious this book is, Jennifer Echols knows how to make me laugh out loud. I just love her snarky, clever humor.

So this is another extremely well written Jennifer Echols books that fails in no areas. Terrific writing that's become a Jennifer Echols signature? Check. Realistic well done characters? Double check. Heart pounding romance? thrice check. Fantastic plot? quadruple check. A must read? heck to yes!!

Rating: 5 hearts~ ANOTHER favorite read from Jennifer Echols.
In each South Carolina town where I'd lived- and I'd lived in a lot of them- the trailer park was next to the airport.
"You mean you can fly a plane but you can't drive a car?"
"It looks like God barfed a rainbow."
Also, mega super awesome THANKS to Jen @Jenuine Cupcakes for letting me borrow her ARC, Jen you are a ROCK STAR (and oh heeeey, Jen and Jennifer! further proves you are a bombshell ;D)

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