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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.

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.

Such a Rush

by Jennifer Echols

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Overall Review:  

I'm not really fond of romance novels.  In fact, I kind of despise them. They seem so frilly and shallow with no substance. But sometimes YA "romance" is a little more appealing to me than the flimsy little books that some older generation females seem to adore. So, I came to begin reading Such a Rush. This book is pretty comparable to Susane Colasanti's or Deb Caletti's books for teens. There isn't a lot of deep stuff to work through, and the girl often ends up getting the guy.

Right off the bat, the character Leah Jones struck me as a loud and proud feminist. She isn't afraid to work a "man's" job, and she feels capable of taking care of herself (thank you very much). A girl can only last so long on her own energy though before she needs a shoulder to cry on. However, Leah knows how to bottle up her feelings better than most people. Instead of opening herself up to the people that might be able to help her and love her, she keeps up her tough facade and moves along. I thought that Leah seemed a little bit hard to believe, but if you don't dig too deep, and just take the story for face value, it is an enjoyable weekend read.

Such a Rush does bring up some tough situations now and then such as teenage drinking, a young teenager basically raising herself, and first love, but otherwise it is a book that made me happy and sad at the same time. Yes, Leah has to face a lot of problems despite her young age, but she also seems able to handle them well--although she does get tripped up now and again. But who doesn't? This book is a sure-to-please read for an older teen girl.

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Profanity/Language: 13 religious exclamations; 10 mild obscenities; 29 derogatory names; 23 scatological words; 8 anatomical terms; 12 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  A character dies from either grief or a heart attack; a character is mentioned to have died at war; a crash is mentioned to have occurred with one casualty; an airplane almost crashes in bad weather, one brief frightening scene is involved; a tornado is mentioned to occur with casualties; verbal threats are made by men to a minor girl; a plane crash occurs, a character is mentioned to be bleeding and injured.

Sex/Nudity:  Minors kiss several times; many sexual references are made ("get in my pants", "do it", "sleeping with", "slept with"; an orgasm is referred to; sexual harassment of a minor occurs; a minor makes a crude sexual gesture; children are concerned their father is sexually involved with a minor girl; a minor boy is depicted bare chested in a non-sexual way; minors flirt with each other in several brief scenes; teen pregnancy is mentioned; sex is referred to and implied among minors in a brief scene; a minor male touches a minor females breast in a sexual way; a man is mentioned to be cheating on his wife; a girl recalls her first sexual experience in a conversation with her friend; two minors kiss and come very close to having intercourse in a one-page scene; a pair of minors have sex in a brief scene, condoms are fumbled for, some touching and caressing, touching areas normally covered by a bathing suit, and kissing occurs.

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Personal crisis, death, teenage sex, teenage drinking.

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A character is mentioned to have "stoned eyes"; a minor is implied to drink alcohol; a minor female smokes cigarettes; minors drinking is referred to frequently; a man is mentioned to grow marijuana; a minor is encouraged to try meth; a minor drinks beer at a party, gets drunk; minors smoke weed in a brief scene; a character drinks so much it is mentioned they might "drink themselves to death".

Reviewed By Lydia
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