Published by Simon & Schuster UK on July 10th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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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.
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Reviewed by Shannon
*I purchased the e-book from Amazon*
“I could see,” I said. “For the first time, I could see what most people never saw. I could see the whole town, and how I fit into it, and how far I would have to go to get out of it. I hadn’t realized how low I’d felt for years, because I didn’t have a high to compare it with.”
Such a Rush was a beautifully written book that made flying feel magical and freeing through the eyes of Leah. Leah lives in a trailer park with her mom next to an airport. Instead of complaining about it she takes it upon herself to get a job there and learn to fly. Three years after she first learns to fly, her boss and teacher passes away and his twin sons take over the business. Grayson offers the job to fly a banner plane, the job his father originally offered to Leah, but with the uncertainty of the business, Leah declines the job. When Leah declines, he blackmails her, and let’s just say it makes for interesting developments between Leah, Grayson, Alec, and Leah’s friend, Molly.
What I loved about this book was Leah and the way she viewed flying. The way she felt while flying and all she did to make it happen were awesome. Her life was far from perfect but she still kept on going and tried to make it good to the best of her abilities. I loved her attitude but hated how she was so accustomed to her less than normal life. The fact that she had to endure so much just tore at me. And I love that Grayson, Alec, and Molly tried to show her what it meant to have people look after one another and care about each other.
I was not a fan of the lying and blackmail in the book but considering everyone was essential a good person, it didn’t bother me as much as I know it could have. It just proved how young the characters were at times. And given that most of the characters were in high school, the behaviors of Leah’s peers left much to be desired at times. Most of the time I was just hoping Grayson would just say what he meant and be truthful to Leah. I do wish the ending played out a little differently. Without saying too much, I felt like Leah should have had to confront the issues more instead of it being solved for her. It just seemed a little too easy but that could just be me.
In general, Such a Rush was a good book with a great main character. I thought the writing was beautiful and made flying sound like a much better experience than what I have ever recalled :).