The countdown is officially ON! It’s less than a month before Jetplanes to Jupiter is published.
Actually, I’ve been a bit lax with my promotional efforts of late because I’ve been caught up in booking a cheeky little adventure to California! Fitting, no? I’m going to visit my friend in San Francisco, and he’s going to show me around and we’re going to live our best lives for a few days. Colour me excited! I’m a lucky girl.
So I guess it would make sense to share the following excerpt of the book. Cassie has gone to visit her inlaws in San Francisco. She isn’t finding life in California as easy and breezy as she’d hoped, and she’s confiding in her sister-in-law about how she’s feeling. If you’ve read Getting Over Jesse Franklin, you might remember the incident to which Lainey is referring. If you haven’t, there’s still time to pick up a copy before Jetplanes comes out.
‘Lainey, If I told you I’ve had the odd fleeting thought of going back to England, what would you think?’
‘What? Just you? Or both of you?’
‘Of course both of us! Not that I don’t like California, but sometimes I think it would be easier to be back home.’
Lainey laughs nervously. ‘Wow,’ she says, ‘for a moment I thought you meant on your own. I was about to tell you not to do that. Jesse absolutely wouldn’t cope.’
‘Do you reckon?’
‘Cassie, are you serious? After everything you went through to get here? You haven’t been here long, a lot has changed since you arrived. I get that you might be homesick, and things might not be how you thought, but give California a bit longer. It won’t just be you who’s floundering.’
‘He just seems so together with it all. All the time.’
Lainey sighs. ‘He’s not. And when he falls apart, he really falls apart.’
‘Well, I wouldn’t know. I’ve never seen that.’
‘Well, he did after you left.’
‘When you left that evening, and went home. Right at the beginning when you came to visit the first time.’
I shut my eyes. ‘Lainey, do I want to hear this?’
She puts her hand on my arm and wrinkles up her nose, ‘I think you need to.’
I sigh. She continues. ‘It was awful. He came back in the house and just went upstairs. And by then everyone had kind of pieced together that you’d gone, but no one quite knew why. So Holly and Travis left pretty soon after, but Brandon and I stayed, and we ended up staying for a couple of days. Nancy went to Mike and Dana’s. And Jesse talked to no one, I mean, no one, the whole time. He hid up in that bedroom and he wouldn’t come downstairs. I was taking him up food and he was hardly touching it. It was just heartbreaking.’
‘Oh Jesus,’ I whisper. ‘I had no idea. I’m so sorry,’ I say. I can’t even look at her. I feel terrible. I’m cringing into the centre of the Earth. It was two years ago now but I had no idea it had impacted so many people. I concentrate hard on my Converse and I can feel my face flushing. She rubs circles on my back.
‘Hey, it’s all right,’ she says. ‘Everything worked out in the end didn’t it?’
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