Chasing Jupiter – A Book Review!

I have wanted to read Chasing Jupiter for a while now, but our library didn’t have it so the only way I could get it was to buy the book or get it inter-library loan. Inter-library loan, no problem right, except we had a fine. 😐 Well, we finally paid the fine and I was able to get it Inter-library loan! 😀

This book was really good, and I think most of you guys if not all of you guys will love it. 🙂

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.

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I don’t know what made me want to read this book. I think it might have been because it was set in the sixties and there aren’t a lot of book set during that time period. Who knows why? But it being a christian book was a plus! 🙂

What I really liked about this book was that the christian part of it didn’t fill forced. It was forced into the story or in your face.

This book was about a sixteen year old girl struggling to keep her family together. Being a ‘christian’ was something that was not present in her mind, it was something that she figured she would deal with later in life. I mean she was only sixteen, no need to worry about God right then, she had her whole life ahead of her, she could deal with it later.

I love that the conflict in this story was something big, it wasn’t something huge or strange. It was something that was realistic and I think you could sympathize with Scarlett. (I won’t say what it is because I don’t want to give away the story)

Cliff is mental disabled. He has some form of autism. (I am guessing, the book never says what is wrong with him) But he isn’t made out to be stupid. Cliff is a really sweet, and smart in someways ten year-old. Cliff was really sweet to Scarlet when he noticed that she was feeling down at times.

Frank was a pretty nice guy too. He proved to be a totally different person than who he let on to be. That is all I will say about him though, I don’t want to ruin the story for any of you guys who may want to read it.

Scarlett was just a sixteen year old girl, who would have been normal had she not spent her days caring for her ten year old brother who clearly had ‘problems’ and her grandfather, who I am confident had Alzheimer. (He acted like an annoying little boy through out most of the story.) Scarlett cares so much about her family that she cooked dinner for them, watched her grandfather and brother. She spent her summer cooking pies to earn money to make him a rocket. You can tell that she looked up to her older sister Juli, she talks about how she won’t be as pretty as Juli, or as good as Juli used to be. She missed who her sister used to be, now all her sister does is spend all of her time with her boyfriend, begin gone for dinner ever night and getting home late. On top of that money is starting to get a little tight and her mom doesn’t think she’ll be able to keep her job.

Romance between Frank and Scarlett is sort of hinted at in the blurb, and I can happily say there wasn’t really any romance in the book. Yes they end up together, but that was at the very very end of that book and even still there wasn’t any kissing at all!

I really really enjoyed this book and I think y’all will too! 😀

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