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Chasing Jupiter

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  312 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
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, Sc ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Zondervan (first published December 25th 2012)
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Emma Jane
Jun 04, 2015 Emma Jane rated it it was amazing
I was kind of wild with excitement when I found this at the library. Because, you see, I've been 'looking' for Chasing Jupiter for a long time. I discovered Rachel Coker's blog sometime last spring, found out she'd written two books as a young teenager, and was instantly intrigued. Being as they were, written by a homeschooler (which isn't a derogatory term but is sometimes used as such ;-P) I didn't expect to find them in any library near me. But then I DID. It must have been my lucky day or s ...more
Jan 22, 2017 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my stars...I'm speechless right now.

This book was raw, heartbreaking, and beautiful. I loved everything about it, even though it crushed my feels with a hammer. (Which seems like a common thing for January's reads. ;P)

Basically, everyone needs to read this book. I don't often leave a book wanting to reread it again right away, but Chasing Jupiter made me want to do just that. It's just so...perfect.

(And can we talk about Scarlett and Frank? THEY'RE SO ADORABLE.)

Wish I could give it 1,000 sta
Hann Remraf
Mar 11, 2017 Hann Remraf rated it it was amazing
what a book.
like what.

(review to come)
Jesseca Wheaton
Nov 19, 2015 Jesseca Wheaton rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to even describe how I felt about this book. It was so real, and just to heartbreakingly beautiful. It hurt so bad. The ending was so not what I was expecting. But it was just real and beautiful and heartbreaking. All at the same time. I'll write a full review a little later on. . .when I can adequately describe my feelings. :)
Cait (Paper Fury)
Mar 15, 2013 Cait (Paper Fury) rated it it was amazing
You know those books that tie you up emotionally and (basically) destroy you for the rest of the day, so you just mope around reflecting on how good it was to read? CHASING JUPITER is one of those books.

I’m a fan of the author’s blog and the fact she was published so young (16! Yikes!). Not having heard anything astounding about Rachel Coker’s first book, I surprised myself by getting into quite the hype prior to the release of her second. Heck, and then I won a copy! I was practically hugging
Age Appropriate For: 10 and up for some thematic elements.
Best for Ages: 14 - 20

I loved Coker’s first book so much that I went out and paid full price for her second book when it came out. For those of you who don’t know me, this never happens. I normally wait until the price comes down or until I can get it to review. I just don’t have the money to buy books new and fresh off the press. So, as you can tell, I was very excited about the book.
Since I was in the middle of a project when I got the
Feb 13, 2016 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Wow. This book was very good. :) I got it on a recommendation from a friend (you know who you are... B-) and I was immediately sucked into the story the moment I started reading it. The main character, Scarlett, is very easy to relate to and feel for. The author did a wonderful job creating and sustaining her personality throughout the entire book (which, as an author myself I know is sometimes very difficult to do. :)
One thing I didn't like was that the main character's older sister was disobe
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 baki
Rachelle Cobb
Feb 23, 2013 Rachelle Cobb rated it it was amazing

I loved Scarlett.

(It was because I was pleased to find the resemblance to Scarlett O'Hara was nonexistent after the name-connection.)

Right away, her spunky inner voice, her awareness of her own awkwardness, and her selfless (but not saintly-perfect) attitude with her family drew me in. She can make fun of herself and laugh without ever visibly cracking a grin, which endeared me as a reader. She could analyze her own actions, especially when it came to her interactions with Frank and others outs
Naomi Sarah
I am so impressed with this book. I 'just liked it' for the first half, then I really liked it, and then I closed the book with tears in my eyes, wanting for more. There's something about this book; the smell, the characters, the peachiness, the creativity of it... I loved it so much. (Also, Frank and Scarlett? I SHIP THEM.)
Feb 27, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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
Melanie Kilsby
Grab the tissue box my friend and prepare yourself for some tears.

This book has it all, friendship, love, family, faith! A coming-of-age story perfect for a summer nights read and a slice of peach pie ;)

It's real-to-life and deals with the struggles of coming into adulthood. As well as overcoming the changes that tragedy and family frictions bring. I can't believe Rachel Cocker was a mere teenager when she wrote this book. I'm utterly impressed. The character's were so wonderfully portrayed. S
Feb 10, 2017 Esther rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness! The heart wrenching emotions, joy and pain, laughter and sorrow, it's all there. What a journey this book has brought me on.

I loved Scarlett! She was a really relatable character and I admired the love she had for her brother, Cliff, despite his quirks. :) While I adored the first half of this book, I cried through the second half. Sadly, we don't all get happy endings here on earth...

Even so, I'm happily giving this book five stars. Rachel Coker's writing is just that good! I'm de
Nov 12, 2012 bird rated it really liked it
Where do I begin. Chasing Jupiter has been added to my list of favorite, feel-good reads. I first read Interrupted when it came out and fell in love. And I was so excited when I heard that Rachel Coker was writing a new book.

At the same time I was also concerned that she couldn't top what she did with Interrupted. And I think she just topped Interrupted with Chasing Jupiter.

I'm sitting here trying to form a review and I'm not sure exactly what to say. This book was so emotional, raw, and rich.I
Every once in a while, you are changed. Dramatic statement yes, but it's true. We all grow up, but Scarlett didn't. She was content with her crazy life going unnoticed and overlooked by everyone...especially by the really cute Frank (don't judge him by his name). Together he and she and her Spanish-loving brother would conquer the world--by ducking to the end of the summer.
Selling peach pies just might be the way to success, but when life starts to crumble like a hard cookie, it see
Logan LeDuc
May 30, 2015 Logan LeDuc rated it liked it
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I'm not the biggest fan of Christian Fiction. I simply don't like my reading material to have undertones of religion and what the reader should or shouldn't believe in.


I was surprised with this book. The writing was beautiful and very well put together and though Scarlett was driven through finding God to help put herself back together, I didn't feel like Coker was forcing a religious belief on whoever was reading her words.

I really enjoyed Scarlett'
Cute. Sad. Kinda bittersweet? I really liked it :)
Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read in my life. Simply incredible, this book will touch you and stay with you forever. I can not even begin to describe the beauty of this novel.

This book is an amazing work of art. The characters, simply put, were alive. They lived and breathed right next to me as I read, speaking to me as they told me their story, relayed to me the events and the scenes. The story was incredible beyond words; the scenes just beautif
Jill Williamson
Mar 10, 2013 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
Scarlett's family is a little out-of-the-ordinary. Her dad is obsessed with politics, her mom is always working, her older sister is becoming a hippie, and both her little brother and her grandfather have special needs. Scarlett is the one trying to hold it all together. The summer starts out with her little brother Cliff's wish to build a rocket so that he can be the first astronaut to travel to Jupiter. So Scarlett and the cute neighbor boy, Frank, make a peach pie stand and start selling pies ...more
Amber Stokes
Jan 23, 2013 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
With a heartfelt and heartbreaking look at family, Coker's sophomore novel impressed me even more than her debut release, Interrupted. The setting and plot are unique, the characters' quirks are engaging, and the true-to-life issues are shared in interesting, not-so-common ways.

Scarlett is a heroine whom I often felt I could relate to, with her heart for her family, her uncertainties regarding love, and her struggles with impatience and selfishness. Her story and her growth are enjoyable to watc
Plot: 4 out of 5

Chasing Jupiter is currently on my list of favorite, feel-good reads. I first read Interrupted when it came out and fell in love. And I was so excited when I heard that Rachel Coker was writing a new book. I had a chance to read it before the world got to buy it and I’m so glad I did.

This story really wrapped it’s way into my heart. I connected so much with the plot and the characters. Everything Scarlett went through made the story so much better. It was really well done and so
Gillian Bronte Adams
Feb 20, 2013 Gillian Bronte Adams rated it it was amazing
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The year is 1969, and Scarlet Blaine's family is struggling to hold together. When her brother Cliff wishes for a rocket to Jupiter after watching the first moon landing, Scarlet jumps into the plan wholeheartedly. With the help of Frank, son of the local peach farmer, Scarlet and Cliff bake peach pies to raise money. But as the summer draws to a close, a tragic accident pushes the rocket launch to the back burner and leaves Scarlet wondering what to do when the world falls apart.

Rachel Coker is
Charity U
Feb 26, 2013 Charity U rated it really liked it
Several things first caught me about this book. One was the author – she’s a teen, in highschool, and homeschooled. Impressive, right? This is already her second book to be published! Then the time-period interested me too. The 1960s…they’re almost modern, but not quite. Recent enough that relics still hang around (and no, this isn’t a derogatory term for people…I’m talking about things like bar stools and records and such). But Chasing Jupiter lived up to my hopes for it, and one that truly too ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing
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What an amazing book!!! The fact that two people (neither of which were the main character) had some mental illness' kinda put me off at first because they were kinda you know weird....but the story of Scarlett I loved! her struggle and then just realization of who she really needed..God. Plus the ending was really cute. But her life really wasn't a bed of roses i cried twice in the book...okay sobbed. but that ending...ahhhhhhhh
Joy C.
Jan 15, 2013 Joy C. rated it it was amazing
This book. This book is beautiful. It's got peach-pies; idyllic Georgian summers; vivid 1960s cultural details; a lovely brother-sister story-plot; heartening themes of faith and the meaning growing up and overcoming tragedies through hope and God's love; and Scarlett. She's such a gem! The writing is beautiful too. . . so wistful, youthful and melancholic.

I love this book to bits, really. So. . .
Just go and read it, okay?
Rachel Duncan
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It was spiritual without being preachy and full of characters that I loved wholeheartedly. Rachel Coker did a phenomenal job of balancing a realistic ending with a happy ending, which is rare.
Oct 15, 2014 A.J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: anne-me, favorites
Amazing book. It was happy and sad. It made me laugh and almost cry. (I don't cry a lot). There is not a theme, it is just about Scarlett's life and how she learns to grow up. I recommend it highly.
Meghan Gurley
Feb 10, 2013 Meghan Gurley rated it it was amazing
It was amazing, made me cry several times!
Jan 26, 2013 Adriana rated it liked it
She's Got Books on Her Mind

It's the Summer of 1969 and Scarlett Blaine's life is changing right before eyes. Scarlett has always been the responsible one even making meals because her mother stopped cooking. She has to take care of her Grandpop Barley who's obsessed with peanut butter and her brother who's very different too. All the while her parents' arguing becomes more intense which her sister isn't helping by dating a boy named Ziggy and being out at all hours of the night. There is one sil
Mar 12, 2017 olivia rated it liked it
Shelves: qdhs-16-17
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Rachel Coker resides in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books, and has been surrounded by them all her life. Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven, at which time her parents signed her up for a year of lessons with a professional writing coach. Rachel also has a deep love for classical music and old black-and-white movies. When she is not ...more
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