Stephie was born in England in the mid 1980s, which makes her thirty-something (but if you ask, she’ll probably tell you she’s 27). Now, she lives on the South coast of the UK, has a day job to keep her holiday budget topped up, and two kids and a husband to keep an eye on.
Getting Over Jesse Franklin and Jetplanes to Jupiter were born out of a healthy appreciation of bass guitars (and the dudes who play them), and Franko was very much inspired by her favourite band as a teenager. So now you know.
About the book
What if you got a second chance with your first love?
What happens when you meet your teenage heart-throb – when you’re both all grown up? When Cassie was fifteen, all she wanted was to marry Jesse Franklin, the bassist from her favourite band, Franko. Now she’s single, in her late twenties and wondering what happened to that teenage dream.
A chance encounter on Facebook soon leads to a transatlantic hook up, and soon, Jesse and Cassie are having a long-distance love affair spanning five thousand miles.
Cassie is on cloud nine – until she hears something that makes her think that Jessie might not be all that he seems. They say never meet your heroes – but what happens when you fall in love with them…?
Are Cassie and Jessie star crossed lovers, destined to be together? Or should Cassie have left her crush in the box marked teenage memories?
I can imagine this is somewhat of a dream scenario for some people. Could you even imagine meeting a celeb you had a massive crush on as a teenager and then having a relationship with them? I’d just like to point out that mine would be all wrinkly now.
In the blurb it says what if you got a second chance with your first love, but that isn’t really the premise of this story. Having a crush, even a really obsessive strong emotional swoony crush on a celebrity or some unattainable person in the public eye, is not the same as your first love.
It made me wonder whether I would want to meet a teenage crush (if I can remember that far back), thereby possibly destroying the myth and the magic. Clearly Cassie doesn’t have the same fears, and she does have concerns that she might come across as a crazy stalker fan.
When Jesse replies to Cassie she just can’t believe it and she definitely isn’t expecting them to click and end up meeting in person. Is this meant to be or is it all too good to be true?
It’s a romcom – a dream come true scenario for some. Chapman has used modern media, text message exchanges, instead of dialogue per se, which gives the story evn more of a contemporary vibe. The dialogue and writing is also very much in tune with a YA book. It’s easy to forget that the main characters are late twenties and older, because their exchanges are very similar to people in their late teens and early twenties. This is an easy and fun read.