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.
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“Most people hear an airplane in the sky and think, ‘There’s an airplane,’ and go back to what they were doing. A few folks look around for the airplane, try to figure out what kind of plane it is, and watch it from the time they spot it to the time it disappears on the horizon, maybe after that. Those kids are the ones who will be pilots." He pointed at me. "I knew that about you. I’ve just been waiting for you to show up.”
This book gave me a bunch of mixed feelings. It took me weeks after I read the first couple of pages to force myself to pick it up again and finished it.
Well… to paint a clearer picture… I first picked up the book two weeks ago… read the first couple of pages and it didn't capture me, didn't pull me in to continue. So I put it down after about 2 hours into it and pick up another book which I knew I was going to enjoy.
Then late yesterday afternoon, I looked at it again, picked it up and ended up only going to be at 5 am… because it eventually did pull me in and kept me there.
Admittedly I skimmed over the parts that involved flying and only focused on the actual storyline of the book. I was so pleasantly surprised by the turn of the book, that I couldn't put it down.
Although it wasn't sappy and overly romantic like the books I usually enjoy reading, it gave me a real feeling of love between the characters. It was realistic and acceptable and thinking back, I realize that that's what made me put it down in the first place. Books I usually read are unrealistic at times and the romance and energy between the characters are more of a fantasy rather than reality.
And I love to live in the fantasy world of book romance… because that's what books mean to me. They are intended to capture my heart with a story that is rough and mangled, but romantic and swoon worthy.
Such a Rush didn't give me any fantasy beliefs. The characters were so molded to resemble real people that my emotions burnt with feelings as I read about their lives. They were exactly how any 18 year old's would be. (and how any person living through each of their stories would be)
I laughed at times and it was because many of the sarcasm in the book was so true to how people are, that it was wonderful and even refreshing for me to be able to relate to there words.
The writing was direct and the author Jennifer Echols didn't throw in fancy words just to make it seem more thesaurus worthy. It was simply written but beautifully so.
Leah has a dry sense of humor and I love how she's just as real at the person you'd meet across the street. Nothing about her seemed unreal. She was cute, witty, funny and dry when she needed to be and she truly captured me and kept me wanting more.
Grayson was even more real. Although we don't get to read his perspective in the book, nothing he says or does is far-fetched. He's as real as an 18 year old guy comes. He's as withdrawn and unpredictable as most men. He wasn't a made up fantasy like many of the other 'Hero's' in book's I love to read. I guess what I'm trying to say is that… you do fall in love with Greyson… but I realized…he's real… he could very well be the living breathing guy next door. He's forward about his feeling (when he eventually lets them out) but at the same time he's practical with his words. In other words he's the typical Men are from Mars version of a guy and totally hot!
I didn't like the way the book ended. I felt a little 'left hanging' ~ I don't really know what it needed for a better ending… but I'm not crazy about the way it does. If you hate abrupt endings… well this one is as much so as you can get. It's as if there could so easily be a second part to the book… but I checked and there isn't :-(
Not my favorite book ever… and probably not one I'd really read all over again at some point… but still a really good book with 'real' people and with 'real' lives and 'real' problems.
Rating: 4 Stars
RELEASE DATE: July 10th, 2012
GENRE: Young Adult Romance
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster