If you've never tried Jennifer Echols now is the time. Her new novel, Such a Rush, I believe is her best yet. You meet the heroine Leah when she is 14 years old. She has just moved again to a trailer park near the airport and she decides that fate and her horrible mother will no longer determine who she is and forges her own life. She strikes a deal with the owner of a small airplane company Mr. Hall, and he teaches her to fly a plane. Fast forward 4 years and Leah and Mr. Hall’s sons collide in a tragic way. I cannot begin to describe how heartbreakingly beautiful this book is. You want Leah to succeed so bad you can taste it. The anguish you feel for Leah and the poverty that consumes her breaks your heart. The love story Jennifer creates just melts your heart the rest of the way.
— Rosa, New Jersey
The wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story returns with a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
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, 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.
About the Author
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. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at Jennifer-Echols.com.
“This is one twisted love triangle that had us scratching our heads and biting our nails. In short: a real page-turner! You'll love it if you're looking for a summer read that's loaded with drama….It's an emotional story—complete with funny, sarcastic characters and mean-girl confrontations—that you're sure to enjoy!” —Seventeen
"An excellent read!...If you're looking for your romance with a healthy dose of realistic drama, then this book is for you." —BookLiaison.com
"Such a Rush is a fantastic read for summer! ... It’s a must read for contemporary romance fans!" —Book and Latte Reviews
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“A perfect summer read … Echols’ blend of romance, interesting characters, witty dialogue and dramatic intrigue makes her latest book a favorite of mine.” —TheReadingDate.com Book Reviews
"Such a Rush has it all: a strong female character, two hot twin brothers, and a love story that will have your heart beating faster." — FOREVER YA FICTION