Adrenaline Rush refers to more than one thing in this book. What do you think it refers to? The feel the characters have when they're in swanky cars? The feel reading the actual book itself? The name of the actual driving school that Shelby Carelton has enrolled in about a thousand miles away from her crumbling hometown, Kinwood? Cause all of the above seems to be what Sara aims for. Yes, Shelby Carleton is in the top percentage right now at the camp and has the perfect boyfriend, Boyd Bishop. She also has to prove her worth as the only female in the entire school against her rival, Sawyer, the typical Draco Malfoy of the education system. Then one day, her brother Travis gives her a strange call saying he needs her back in Kinwood asap because someone's threatened to kill him. After Shelby calls him back, however, he decides to say, No, everything's fine. Don't come home. This call drives Shelby away from her boyfriend and education where her brother has, well, turned into a walking roll of dynamite against some of the best racers in the world in, yes, crumbling Kinwood. And now we have our book, with Shelby trying to fix everything in time before she's away from school to the point where she's expelled.
One thing I questioned was when Shelby goes somewhere midway through and then comes back home almost instantly. Considering how far the distance was, what was the point of even going back? But then it cleared things up a bit better when circumstances came up surrounding that short visit. This is sort of like some scenes in Don't Breathe: in that movie, there are scenes I don't like, some I really don't like, but the after effects of that scene I can love. That was the case for that moment.
While this book has a fiar amount of racing scenes, the main enjoyment is how Shelby and Travis disagree on everything. I felt Shelby was sometimes overly controllable, but it felt usually justified. Though, she seems to itch for her past life quite a lot. At the end of it all, though, this book felt simply there rather than in my mind and feelings.
Sara wrote this book after watching the Fast & Furious movies and wanting more romance afterward, and this book fits the bill if you like luxury vehicles mixed with a desire to embarce. There aren't as many races as I was hoping for (hopefully we'll get more in the next book; Adrenaline Rush is also called A Shelby Carleton Novel, but the book mostly makes up for it with a relatable battle royale with sibling versus sibling. Shelby and Travis are both likeable and we can both see their sides. For me, I wanted Travis to take his sister's advice, but I also wanted him to race because that seemed to be his dream.
While I overall enjoyed myself reading this book and loved the realistic arguments between Shelby and Travis, Adrenaline Rush pales in comparison to my friend Sara's debut, Catching a Sorcerer, which you should read if you haven't already. And the next book in that series, Hunting a Demon, comes out this February.