I enjoyed Going Too Far and Forget You, so I guess I am a Jennifer Echols fan. Her books are easy to read with interesting characters and Southern settings, which makes for some fun voice work in my head. Such A Rush was no different and I devoured it in two days.
Leah is a high school senior who has moved from one trailer park to another with her often absent mother. The one constant in her life is her love of planes. After getting a job at the airport next to her trailer park, she is finally taught to fly by her boss and mentor Mr Hall. Unfortunately, Mr Hall passes away suddenly and his twin sons take over the family business. As expected, there is tension galore between the twins and Leah- well with one twin in particular- and she finds herself in compromising situations regularly. That is, until both her and the twins start being real with each other and the truth allows them to begin dealing with their grief properly.
First of all, I appreciated that Leah wasn’t your typical YA heroine. She wasn’t particularly clever, or witty, or rich but she knew what she wanted. I thought Grayson was an interesting character too. The owning up to responsibilities storyline was well drawn out and the writing was good as it was possible to sometimes feel the weight on his shoulders. Alec’s and Molly’s characters were not particularly well fleshed out but Leah and Grayson’s chemistry overshadowed that. Similarly, Mark was probably not needed in the story at all. The ending was a little predictable but then again it was nice to see Leah do something normal for once and get a teenage experience.
Overall, a good read if you like your angsty boy-meets- troubled girl YA with a smidgen of sass. I read this on my Kindle and found the formatting to be fine (much better layout than The Fall).
★ ★ ★ ★
Even though Grayson supposedly listened to obscure indie music, Alec loved country and Molly and Leah talked like they listened to a lot of Pitbull and T-Pain, I actually listened to a lot of power ballads and classic rock on Spotify whilst reading this:
Can't Fight This Feeling-REO Speedwagon
Up Where We Belong- Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes