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Chasing Jupiter

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Author: Rachel Coker
Key Words: Fiction, Teen, Coming of Age, Christian Author

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Book Description:

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 Scarlett’s brother, Cliff. While she 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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Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 5 Incidents

drat, darned, darn, Jumpin' Jehoshaphat

Stupid is used throughout the book. It is stated that a man curses.

Religious Profanity - 9 Incidents

Lord preserve us, gee, gosh, Heaven knows, goodness gracious, heaven's sake, Lord

Violence - None

Romance Related - 11 Incidents

There is romance in this book. The main girl and guy fall in love. You see her falling in love, liking his eyes, his tall frame, etc.

A rebellious sister dates a young man her parents do not approve of.

A teen boy holds a teen girl's hand as she is blindfolded and walking. The hand holding lingers.

A teen boy moves hair away from a teen girl's face.

A husband and wife kiss.

A teen boy and girl hug. Twice.

A woman shares about how a man wanted her to run away and marry him when they were young. She didn't but they had a few good dances together.

A boy and girl touch, his hand on her elbow and her hair brushes his face.

A boy and girl loop arms while walking.

A boy and girl hug and kiss (not very detailed) and then he mentions marriage.

A boy and girl hold hands. He then cups her elbow in his hand, drawing her towards him.

Religious & Supernatural - 4 Incidents

"I didn't really care that much about church or about the music or the sermon. I never gave much thought to God or heaven. I mean, the way I saw it, I was only sixteen. I had a long time before I really had to worry about getting "right with the good Lord."

A girl is upset and confused about God: "Then why search for [peace] at all? Why do people look for God if he can't help us at all?" A pastor's wife tries to address her question by saying that while God doesn't usually fix external circumstances, He fixes your heart and helps you handle the difficulty.

A girl is upset with God for not keeping her brother from loosing his mental facilities and letting him suffer memory loss.

The teen girl does have a type of salvation experience of giving control over to God.

Conversation Topics - 11 Incidents

A rebellious daughter dyes her hair blue, to her parents chagrin.

Parents are concerned that their daughter is involved in the use of foreign substances and alcohol.Her boyfriend always smells like beer.

A boy steals peaches.

A teen girl doesn't come home one night. Her sister lies, saying she's home.

A grandpa gets mad at his granddaughter for dancing the "devil's dance" - "twirling and sashaying, waving my arms around above my head."

A woman smokes a cigarette.

Parents fight about tight finances and giving money to politicians.

Two sisters fight about whether their dad is a bum or not - the main character does not think her dad is a bum.

A girl inspects her older sister (teen) thinking she doesn't look intoxicated (implying she has in the past).

A character heads "straight for the closest bar."

A teen girl runs away from home and is gone for months with her boyfriend.

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