My first thought after turning the last page was “Wait….a 17-year old really wrote this?!”
Rachel Coker is definitely a legit author in my book.
Chasing Jupiter was a well written novel that I not only enjoyed, but would gladly recommend! Coker definitely has a gift for telling story. Don’t let her age fool you into thinking the story lacks. Not the case! Her characters and story quickly grow on you, have depth and written with a maturity beyond her years. I can only imagine what the future holds for this young writer.
The story itself is a compelling coming of age for a young girl in the South during the 60s. Check out more about the story:
Scarlett Blaine’s life in 1960s Georgia isn’t always easy, especially given her parents’ financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli’s hippie lifestyle. Then there’s her brother, Cliff. While Scarlett loves him more than anything, there’s no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be. Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer’s son, Frank, agrees to provide the peaches if Scarlett will help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett really enjoys her time with Frank, and finds herself wondering if, someday, they could be more than friends. Just as she thinks everything might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket plans, but shakes Scarlett’s view of God. As the summer comes to an end, Scarlett must find a way to regain what she’s lost, but also fulfill a promise to launch her brother’s dream.
I think this is a great book to share with teens (and even one adults will enjoy). It’s refreshing and encouraging for young readers. Something that is hard to find these days! I was taken back to those high school summer days long ago :).
Be sure to check out a recent interview with Rachel too! You can find that 4 Questions here! Oh and pick up a copy of Chasing Jupiter for yourself!