Thursday, July 12, 2012

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever. But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are 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. -

Every time I read a Jennifer Echols book, I'm always convinced it's the best one yet.  Such a Rush was no exception.  Her books just keep getting better and better.  As soon as I finished the book, I was mad at myself for being such a fast reader because I didn't want it to be over.  And now, just like I was before I got hold of Such a Rush, I'm already pining away for whatever she's going to put out next!

One of the things that makes Jennifer Echols' books so fabulous is her talent with characterization, and her ability to build relationships in a story.  The characters in her books aren't just story people.  They're your best friend, that nasty girl you knew in high school, that neglectful mother you've read about in the newspaper, the gorgeous jock guy at school that no one ever knew had such depth.  They become so real to you, you move through the book with them, and feel their emotions right along with them.  And once again, she's done this in Such a Rush.

Leah was one of my favorite female characters I've read in a while.  Yes, she's strong, no-nonsense, knows what the wants, and can definitely take care of herself.  She's also warm, caring, can be mad one minute, but still gentle the next.  She's a perfect example of how the author is able to create so many wonderful layers to her characters that make them real.  Grayson was a fabulous male lead that is the perfect compliment to Leah, challenging her, but caring for her too.  The growth of their relationship, like in all of Echols' books, is gradual, developing, never rushed, and culminates at just the perfect moment.  This is talent!

The writing itself is fast-paced, and you're never aware of the time passing.  One minute I had just started it, the next minute I looked down to find that I'd finished a third of the book.  Everything moves so smoothly, building from page to page.  The writing is one where you don't mind reading the pages of exposition where there is no dialogue.  In so many books, I see the characters explaining in their internal narrative about what they're feeling, why they're thinking this or that.  In Echols' books, they show you.  That way you discover it just at the moment that they do, and the discovery is made all the more valuable because you were there for it.

Jennifer Echols' first foray into hard cover comes at a great time, and she picked a perfect book to start it with.  I can't say enough great things about it, or her.  Fabulous!!  What's next?


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