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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
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by MTV Books
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Staci Not exactly. There's a love triangle aspect but it doesn't play out fully. (Thankfully, but that's just my opinion)…moreNot exactly. There's a love triangle aspect but it doesn't play out fully. (Thankfully, but that's just my opinion)(less)
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Lily Kortel Yes Grayson and the girl end up together is is so cute even though Grayson was going to blackmail her, he doesn't and Alec ends up her friend!!!!!…moreYes Grayson and the girl end up together is is so cute even though Grayson was going to blackmail her, he doesn't and Alec ends up her friend!!!!!(less)
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Melannie :)
I'll read anything by her!
Her books are awesome.

March 13th
This was so awesome I can't even comprehend how Jenn does it.

Review on release day (7/10/2012):

Amazing is not a strong enough word to describe this book, but all things considered I would say it’s the most fitting. Jenn Echols has delivered another great book that will sure make it to lots of people favorites list. Such a Rush is everything you hope a book can be: appealing charac
Susan's Reviews
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leah is from the wrong side of the tracks. In the very first chapter, she is fourteen and at a crossroad in her life: follow in her alcohol addicted mother's footsteps or take charge of her life.

She has always admired the planes that zoom over the trailer park she lives in. One day she climbs through the hole in the fence separating the airport and the trailer park and applies for a low-paying job. She uses her pay check to fund flying lessons. Brian Hall, the owner and instructor of Halls Avia
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
I think this is where Jennifer Echols and I go our separate ways. In all honesty, I was totally prepared to do that after reading Forget You, my first novel of hers, but after Going Too Far proved to be slightly better, I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, Such a Rush was so riddled with problems that I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth by the end of it.

My problems with Such a Rush started from the beginning of the novel itself - it was slow. Very slow. While I enjoyed se
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: ~Tina~

Seventeen year-old Leah has always lived by airports growing up. Living next to one in a trailer park is the cheapest rent and thanks to Leah's loser mom, that's all they can afford. Leah actually doesn't mind being close, she loves planes and longs to fly. Determined to make the best of a situation and not follow in her mother's footsteps, Leah gets a job with Hall Aviation at the airport next door. Mr. Hall takes her under his wing and is like the father she never had. Despite her close relati
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mitch by: Katy
Shelves: no-just-no
I went on a roller coaster with this one, there are parts of Such a Rush that I really really liked, and other stuff that just didn't work for me. So while the premise is good and Echols pulls quite a few emotional punches and twists, there's just something wrong with several of these characters that left me with a sour taste in my mouth after I finished.

I really had to think about Leah before I decided she's an ok character - not good, just ok. She has a huge chip on her shoulder from being tra
Aj the Ravenous Reader
This book is Such a Rush indeed because I finished it in a rush which I honestly think wouldn’t happen judging by the very first chapter of the book because my impression of the first few pages wasn’t very promising. I even thought about not pushing through with it but when the story abruptly sped to three years later when the main characters are already 18, that’s when the story started to become really interesting and I found myself flying through (pun intended) the pages.

Reading the blurb mi
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There are two kinds of books Jennifer Echols writes. Fluffy and Edgy. Now I've always been a big fan of the way this women can write, but I think my favorite from her would be the angst and edge. She has such a flare for taking heart achingly real characters and giving them that spunk, that confidence and that overwhelming drive to stand out.

First off, I absolutely love that this book is about airplanes. I remember when I was a kid and the rush I get when ever I went to an air-show. There is not
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry, but this book really pissed me off - like the whole way through - and this review is being written after I have slept it off. The characters were just huge bitches and assholes - to the point where they're just downright nasty, which was a HUGE put-off when it came to enjoying this book.

I'm a HUGE Jennifer Echols fan because of her talented writing style and her knack for writing great dialogues. But I think I preferred it when she wrote romantic comedies, even if they're totally clic
Kat Kennedy
Regardless of whatever else I say in this book – Such a Rush is a good book. Well-written, funny, smart, heart-touching. I devoured this book in a matter of hours. I ignored family on Christmas day to read it – which is okay, because they’re used to that.

But this doesn’t mean it was a perfect read. Leah was a brilliant but, other than Mr Hall’s brief appearance, she was the singularly likable character in this book. Smart, focused, complex, interesting – everything you want out of a main charact
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Leah has always lived by an airport. Usually in a run down trailer park with the cheapest rent possible because of the noise from the planes. And thanks to Leah’s mom, that’s all they can afford. Leah takes the proximity to the airport as an opportunity. She takes a job at there and saves her money, makes a deal with Mr. Hall for flying lessons and hopes that she can fly away from her life.

And throw a bunch of other stuff in there too! Like two boys, a best friend and a crazy summer. Whew.


I am sorely disappointed.

Contemporary and realistic-fiction novels have never really been my thing, but some of my favorite books (STOLEN: A LETTER TO MY CAPTOR and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS) are contemporary, so I decided to branch out from my usual paranormal reads. I had high hopes for SUCH A RUSH, despite the mixed reactions from my friends.

2013 has been the year for total disappointments, hasn't it?

SUCH A RUSH has an incredibly original plot for a contemporary novel - I mean, when was the l
Mar 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I’m not sure where to begin this review.
I could begin with the librarian’s innocent gush over the book when she checked me out. She just lovvveeddd the cover, and didn’t think the hair was neat?
I could begin with my thoughts as I ended it. That book is going to haunt me for a long time.
Or I could move into the rush of irritation that followed that thought. Then my sorrow. Then my antsy desire to get to a computer and throw together a review so I could get the whole thing out of my head.
Why t
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok

All her life Leah Jones has had to move from town to town at her mum's say so. At age 14, Leah moves to a trailer park close to a small airport. Leah watches the planes go by and dreams of becoming a pilot. She manages to gets a job with Mr Hall who owns the airport and starts saving up for flying lessons.
For 3 years Leah works hard and takes lessons with Mr Hall along with his two sons, Grayson and Alec. When Mr Hall dies, Leah is blackmailed into working for Grayson and she ends up in
It looks like Jennifer Echols’ YA romantic dramas work best for me. I loved her Love Story; her Going Too Far is one of my all-time favorites; and Such a Rush was no exception. So good.

As long as she can remember Leah Jones moved with her mother from one trailer park to another. Living in a trailer means living near an airport. While her mother keeps a string of loser boyfriends and wastes all their money, Leah is trying to be an adult. At fourteen she gets a job at an airport. She longs to fly,
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
the first chapter is promising. especially with a strong female character. but somehow in the middle of it, everythong falls apart for me.

i can not connect with the heroine caharacter. and the wording seems dragging for me.

overall not a book for me.
Princess Bookie
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012
My Thoughts: I swear if Echols wrote a book about something as annoying as spam, I'd still pick it up and read it! I adore her writing style, her insight, her romantic and intriguing characters.

We are introduced to Leah who loves airplanes. She has spent her whole life living near airports. She has moved around a lot with her mom from trailer park to trailer park, which always happens to be near an airport of some kind.

Leah is the kind of girl you have to like. She may come off as tough but real

Jennifer Echols is the author that can still make me want to read more of her books even though most of it didn't really made me fall in love with them. From all the four books I've read of her Going Too Far was the only one that had successfully astounded me. But after reading Such a Rush, I'm glad to say that a new book from her has found its way directly into my heart! Such a Rush is a complex story yet a poignant and heartwarming one that deals with issues about family and I just loved how J
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I’ve had a topsy turvy relationship with Echol’s books, I’ve enjoyed them as they’re light, fun reads which I can curl up with over the summer break but I still have to find one that stood out from the rest, I was hoping Such a Rush would be that book.

Leah has always grown up around airports, every time her mother decides to make a rush move they always end up next to another one. Leah always gets a rush seeing a plane take off, so when they move to Heaven, a 14 year old Leah decides to apply f
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Echols seems to have the ability to write books that I just can't put down. Such a Rush is no exception.

The characters had great depth and Jennifer explored their flaws to perfection. There are times when I loved and hated their choices but it was always engaging. It takes great talent to tread that line between writing flawed characters and still making them relatable and likeable. I just love how she achieved this. The ending was very satisfying so I can give this one 5 stars without
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Folks looking for mature YA.
Recommended to Sarah by: Amanda
4.5 stars
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
The TV said you should ignore bullies and they would stop harassing you. In practice this worked about half the time. The other half, you ended up with two tall boys shadowing you through a trailer park, their fingers taking little nips at your clothes, like dogs.

At first glance, Jennifer Echols’ new YA novel, Such a Rush, has all the tell-tale signs of a typical YA romance: two attractive boys, absent parents and high-s
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I don't read many contemporary books because for the most part if a book doesn't have fangs, claws, or invisible people on them I mostly get bored, but this one kept me hooked. I feel like this book was interesting, complex, and real. The relationship between the characters, that's what the whole book is about and it nails it.

The places in where the books nailed it:

The characters- True they don't have a healthy diet of blood, but real as they are these
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
It’s a got a surprisingly long introduction to a girl who really doesn’t want to turn out like her mother. And does something about. In other words, DRAMA. It’s just not the quiet kind that has you holding your breathe waiting for the next surprise, rather it’s more like those filled with convoluted little plots that don’t make sense to you but make sense to the one suggesting them. There’s a lot of secrets and truths held back… but behold: I was into it.

It’s quiet sometimes especially when it’s
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I’ll save you’re the wondrously horrible cliché of saying that this book was, “Such a Rush” because it was much more than that. It was irresistible and inspiring and incredible. Such a Rush is a story about following your dreams and making them come true by any means possible and I loved every single page.

Our main character, Leah, doesn’t have the best home life. She lives in a noisy trailer park with her mom, who’s rarely ever around, and a boy that’s no good for her. Leah dreams of escaping,
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I only wanted to read this because I fell in cover-lust. Then, when I saw it was about airplanes I sort of backed away and didn't think I would be in love. But, Mrs. Echols intruiged me from the very beginning.

And, I have to add this book was perect for reading over this Memorial Day weekend, while lounging in the pool and looking at these huge, fluffy, white clouds..........

There was just something so real about these characters.
Leah: Struggled with being poor, with growin
Acordul Fin
Grayson looked at me again. This time his gaze traveled from my hair down, and he let me see that he was looking. What he meant by this was that he thought I was beautiful, it was not just my miraculous hair, and we shouldn't be distracted from our true love by the pesky detail that he was blackmailing me into dating his brother.
'nuff said.
Miranda Kenneally
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favorite Jennifer Echols book!
Great voice, great world-building.
<3 <3 Grayson and his straw hat and aviator sunglasses.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Leah has lived in trailer parks by the airport all her life. While her mother hates the sound of them, she decides to embrace them. She gets a job at the small local airport and saves for flying lessons. Hall Aviation is one of the businesses located at the airport and after Mr. Hall gives Leah her first lesson she is hooked. Mr. Hall becomes like a father to Leah and she continues lessons and watches his three sons from afar, sort of wishing she could be a part of their family. She watches and ...more
Julianna Helms
2.5 stars

Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)

A promising beginning crumbled by a hypocritical yet beautiful ending, Such a Rush is a convoluted novel that's both intense and grilling.

I had hoped to love this book--my friends loved it, and it looked simply amazing. But while the setting shimmered with richness and the characters flared with authenticity, this book ultimately did not claim me a fan. I am probably more disappoint
Originally posted at The Teen Book Guru

**This review is based on an Advance Readers Copy (thank you so, so much, Jen!!)**

This book totally blew my mind!! Jennifer Echols ROCKS! Not only does Such a Rush live up to all of her other amazing books, but it kind of surpasses them. It captivated me from the very beginning to end. Her characters were beautifully written and all came to life in the darkest, most twisted way possible. It was such a thriller!!! Filled with gallons of hot romance, a killer
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more

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