Title: Such A Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publication date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Challenges: Contemporary, Debut
Such A Rush definitely held up to its title. Reading this novel was an unbelievable rush of emotions. The protagonist, Leah, was so kick butt, she was a pilot! The twin brothers, Grayson and Alex along with Leah's other friend Molly were just awesome and the whole plot was so thought out and just beautifully written, I didn’t expect any less from Jennifer Echols.
Such A Rush had one of my favorite YA female protagonists. Leah didn’t care what people thought about her, she wanted something? She figured a way to get it. She’s smart, a fast thinker, and has unbeatable motivation. This is mainly due to her wanting to escape her current life of a mother that still thinks she’s in her 20s, countless potential step fathers, and the trailer park living. Leah has always lived in trailer parks close to the airport and has always been fascinated by airplanes so when she gets a break and starts taking lessons, she’s one step ahead to achieving her dream. When her mentor dies, the twin sons take over. This is when things start to heat up and I start to get emotionally invested in all Jennifer’s characters.
Leah might seem tough on the outside, but man, she really needed someone to care about her, you can feel it through reading her POV; how she’s been neglected as a child and that hurt. Grayson was a jerk in the beginning, they all were, thinking Leah used her body to get what she wants, and unfortunately that’s how some men see accomplished women. Leah set them straight by being as good a pilot as them and proving them wrong. There is also Leah's only friend, a rich girl from the other side of town. Leah never understood how her, a trailer girl, could be friends with Molly. Even if she adored Molly, in her heart she always felt like she was her charity case, which just broke my heart. Leah couldn't seem to even trust in the friendships she has and even doubted their basis and sincerity of them. I honestly loved that friendship dynamic between her and Molly.
Jennifer Echols’s narration just hooked me from the first page with how real and raw Leah's voice was. She was a girl who has been through a lot, having to work for everything she wanted, including a roof over her head, food, and even water. Jennifer understood her completely and this conveyed these honest and real emotions so precisely to us. Feelings of abandonment, loss, and despair had me tearing up at some parts in the novel, but how strong Leah was, and the slow but progressive relationship between Leah and Grayson was so sweet. The two are misunderstood and hurt people helping each other and at the same time falling for each other. It was one of the best and real YA romances I’ve read lately. Though I do have to point out that this isn't for younger readers of YA due to some scenes. This novel is so real and honest, I was wishing throughout the book for a friend just like Leah, or even to be a bit like her. Jennifer Echols outdid herself once again and I truly can’t wait to read her next novel. Such A Rush, from its first page, was a whirlwind and a storm. Even when I finished it and weeks past, traces and evidence of that storm are still here.
All time favorite!