Did you have a crush on a pop star when you were a teenager?
Did you spend hours in your bedroom gazing longingly at a poster on your wall which showed your pop star crush looking gorgeous and hot?
I did. Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran and I had something going on back in the day. Simon was pinned up on my wall and my favourite poster was of him clad in army gear with beautiful bare feet. Thanks to him I would inspect all the feet of future boyfriends.
I spoke to him a lot on my wall, sang to him and had many dreams where we would meet in the future and fall in love. OMG – Stephie Chapman you read my teenage mind with this book!
In terms of intensity my crush on Simon was just like Cassie’s (the character in this book) crush on her heart-throb. My love for Simon was also at the ‘actual, fierce, slap-you-in-the-face, punch-you-in-the-gut’ level. In hindsight now I should have had a crush on John Taylor, the Duran Duran guitarist, who was much better looking back then, but that’s a different blog post and one titled, ‘what happens when you realise years later that you were crushing on the wrong pop star?’
This book by the wonderful and very talented Stephie Chapman helped me through a hangover at the weekend. Who needs paracetamol or Ibuprofen when you have a funny and uplifting romantic comedy to lose yourself in? It took me down memory lane as well which was another bonus.
Here’s the blurb:
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 Jesse 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 Jesse star crossed lovers, destined to be together? Or should Cassie have left her crush in the box marked ‘teenage memories’?
Here’s my review:
I think chapter four of this book is brilliant. Jesse Franklin, Cassie’s teenage heart-throb has accepted Cassie’s Friend Request on Facebook and as a reader you are with Cassie on the shock factor of this happening. Cassie then does what we all would do in this situation – systematically go through all of his photos. You wouldn’t be able to stop yourself would you?
Then after a night out Cassie finds herself having this awkward but very funny conversation with Jesse on messenger. The way these initial messages are written are great as the cringe levels certainly rocket.
Cassie comes across as an ordinary and down to earth young woman and this is what I love about this book. Her inner dialogue is hilarious like when she’s bracing herself for Jesse to tell her all about his life. Cassie is waiting for Jesse’s wedding story as for all she knows he could be happily married with a herd of pretty children, when she’s telling herself to get a grip and when she starts worrying about what she would do if Facebook got shut down and she doesn’t hear from Jesse again. I also liked her lack of confidence as this added to her coming across as an ordinary young woman who finds herself in an extraordinary situation.
Jesse is really fanciable with his Pantene-shiny dark hair and a strong stubble game. As a male character he ticked all of my boxes and that hotel room chapter made me reach for my electric fan.
There’s a fab cast of supporting characters and they all add an extra layer of depth and humour.
I adored the ending of this book. The last few chapters are so good! Some books falter at the end but Stephie Chapman takes her reader on a rollercoaster of emotions.
A funny and modern heartwarming story which whisks you away down memory lane.