Published July 2012|Published by Gallery Books|Pages: 336
Source: E-book from the Nook Store
Genre: YA Contemporary
Summary: 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.
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.
Apparently I felt really inspired/motivated after doing last week’s top Ten Tuesday post, because I started it the same day I posted my list!
I can’t believe it took me so long to read it, because I really enjoyed it. I could relate to Leah in a lot of ways, especially with love of flying. Not that I love to fly, because I’ve never been a pilot, but you can’t help but like her passion and enthusiasm for flying. We all have things we love and we all have our own dreams.
I definitely felt for her, especially with how much she’s had to grow up- she really has had to fend for herself, and you can see how much flying means to her, especially with how hard she has had to work for it. I definitely got the sense that she really appreciates it because she’s had to fight for it. Her relationship with Molly was interesting but frustrating. Molly is the typical rich girl, and they don’t seem to communicate well…it’s sort of hard to see why they’re friends in the first place. Still, Molly was pretty entertaining.
And Alec and Grayson! They are very different and while they were trying at times, they do seem to be pretty good guys deep down. Something about their relationship with each other and with Leah sort of reminded me of the relationship between Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah in The Summer I Turned Pretty. The two are very different, but the relationships between the characters have a really similar feel.
I really liked Mr. Hall, and it’s a shame we only see him in flashbacks, because he dies pretty early on in the book. I loved the relationship he had with Leah, and you could tell that he was a really important person in her life. I also wish we saw more of his relationships with his sons, but considering the book is more about Leah than Alec and Grayson…
Leah also had a difficult relationship with her mom- her mom is pretty much absent, and they move around a lot because Leah’s mom is pretty dependent on whoever she’s dating at the time. There isn’t a lot of closure with their relationship, which actually worked really well. Leah’s mom isn’t really around anyway, so it’s no surprise that there is no resolution there. And had there been some sort of closure…it definitely would have been super cliche.
I love that most of the book takes place at an airport. It’s definitely unique and the focus on flying worked so well.
I am so glad I finally read Such A Rush! I loved it, and everything worked so well together. Such A Rush gets 5 stars.