Aug 3, 2012

Review: Jennifer Echols - Such a Rush

Jennifer Echols - Such a Rush

• Pub Date: July 10, 2012
• Publisher: MTV Books
• Format: Hardcover, 325 pages
• Age Range: New Adult (mature YA)
• Source: Library

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.

Let me start off by saying that I just don't do well with books that everyone else gushes about. I know, I know. It's ridiculous of me, but when there is so much hype sometimes the book falls flat. This one wasn't totally flat, but I'll explain. Here it goes..

It's predictable. Like, seriously predictable. I don't know if I've been reading so much lately that I can smell a plot line now or what. Seriously, I don't think that's it. But I knew exactly how this book would turn out and what was going to happen down the line. I didn't exactly predict every detail, but the big ones are the ones that matter. And those were visible from a mile away. Yes, it turns out to be a nice story, but the journey counts for something to me!

The plane stuff was so unnecessary. I skimmed quite a bit of the plane stuff. I'm talking about when she's pushing planes out of hangars, bringing the chocks out onto the runway (or whatever they're called.., etc etc. I didn't care much about the fact that she was a pilot. At all. I've read books about different female characters (see Catching Jordan) but the pilot thing wasn't done right or something because I just did not care. It was cool towards the end, but throughout the book I'd just had enough.

Grayson was a dick. I know his family is all messed up, but it seems like he was even before some of those events happened. I have NO idea why (Wow, I forgot the MC's name. Not going to lie, I had to look it up.) LEAH wanted to be with him for years before this stuff even takes place! Zero clue. When she sticks up for him in the beginning, he acts like an a-hole. He doesn't deserve her affection when he demands and blackmails. Eff all that. Seriously.

I want to scream some more about how predictable this book was, but I also had some heartwarming moments while reading it. I liked Alec a lot, actually. Her friend Molly was a little uncool throughout this book. She had her moments, but goodness. And did we ever find out what happened with Ryan or whatever the mutual ex's name is..? Leah kept hinting that Molly didn't know the truth. Whatever. Oy! OHH and Mark. Disgusting Mark. Barf barf. Not cool.

So all in all, it took me a while to read this one, and it wasn't because I was too busy. I avoided it. When I finally finished, I was a teeny bit relieved to be done. It's nice to have a good young romance to read, but when it's thoroughly predictable and you don't like the characters it's just hard to want to finish. I'm glad everyone else likes this, but it wasn't for me. It needed a bunch of editing and a less formulaic story line.

Bottom line: Eh. Lots of people like this, but I thought it was just okay.


3/5 book sharks


  1. Blech. Why be predictable when you can be extraordinary? That really irritates me about books! I've read some other mixed reviews for this one. I'm still curious though, but I can see why you had the issues you did!

  2. Eh, I'm turned off by the fact that in the description, she is trying to get out of the trailer park, but can afford flying lessons? I dunno, maybe it's just the city I grew up in, but flying lessons are EXPENSIVE. Anyway, thanks for the heads up with the book. I hate predictable stuff.

    -Kate the Book Buff
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