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
From acclaimed bestseller Jennifer Echols comes a sizzling tale of a young airplane pilot torn 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.
For Leah Jones, reality is life in a rundown trailer park with an irresponsible mother. But there’s one escape. With an after-school job at the local airstrip, she manages to afford cut-rate flight lessons. At the controls of a small plane, she leaves the trailer park far below, swooping out over the sea in the ultimate rush.
By her senior year of high school, Leah’s dreams come true: she snags a job flying for an aerial banner-advertising business. Then the owner dies suddenly, leaving everything in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she tries to stay clear of the apparently doomed business—until Grayson digs up her most damning secret. Holding it over Leah’s head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. She’s been 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.