Jennifer Echols Week – Hosted by Katelyn Torrey of Tales of Books and Bands (My fav female character)
Jul 11th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Jennifer Echols Week

Jennifer Echols Week July 9-16

 Thanks, Katelyn, for putting this together.  Check out her posts at Tales of Books and Bands. Add your input on Twitter: #JenniferEcholsWeek


12989112The winner: Leah Jones from Such a Rushpublished July 10, 2012 by MTV Books

Here’s why:

Out of all Jennifer Echols’ female characters, Leah stands out the most in my mind. I love that fact that she’s been intrigued with flying since she was a little girl. I love that she pursues her dream to fly and took the initiative to make it happen. What impresses me the most about Leah is that she’s been dealt some very tough hands in life—an absent mother and a father she’s never known—and yet instead of feeling sorry for herself, she creates a life for herself. The trials and tribulations she’s faced give her a sharp edge. She won’t let anyone take advantage of her and she sets boundaries. Her heart isn’t easily won, either, especially since she’s learned from past mistakes. She’s tough and vulnerable, determined and persistent. She takes on a male world (flying) with a fervent desire to succeed because she loves it, and nothing is going to stop her-not male chauvinists, not even her lack of money.

Who is your favorite female character from a Jennifer Echols’ novel? I’d love to know, so feel free to comment. :D

From Goodreads:

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.

My review of Such a Rush as posted on Goodreads on August 15, 2012:

Let me be clear. I am a huge Jennifer Echol’s fan and Such a Rush is one of my absolute favorites. The entire premise of this novel is absolutely stunning. Take a girl who lives in a trailer park next to the airport, infuse a love for airplanes and flying, a negligent single mother, snarky friend, adorable boys and hand it over to Jennifer Echols and you get YA contemporary, romance perfection. The writing is outstanding: vivid, descriptive, distinct with an incredible setting, interesting characters, tons of drama, romance, and emotion. Not only that, but I learned a lot about aviation, which only added to the already fantastic storyline. Contemporary YA romance lovers will adore this novel.
Way to go Jennifer. Another winner!

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