Harmony Book Reviews

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted on: October 21, 2008

Peaches Title: Peaches
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Rating: 7/10
Summary: (Taken from publisher’s site)
Murphy McGowen has bright green eyes, a reputation as the wildest girl in Bridgewater, and a way of getting out of all the trouble she gets into. But when she’s caught stealing from the Darlington Orchard, she’s forced to repay her debt picking peaches in the hot Georgia sun.

Leeda Cawley-Smith has professionally whitened teeth and the softest skin her boyfriend has ever touched. Unfortunately, Leeda’s parents aren’t too keen on her being touched anymore. Now Leeda’s country-club summer is out the window — she’ll be getting a serious sock tan working at her uncle’s peach orchard instead.

Birdie Darlington used to dance around her family’s orchard picking peaches for fun. But now that her parents are getting divorced, Birdie would rather spend the summer in the A/C eating Thin Mints than pick another peach — too bad she doesn’t have a choice.

Thrown together at Darlington Orchard, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie discover what it means to find a real soul mate, and that sometimes cute boys know a lot about peach cider. And, of course, they learn the trick to picking a perfect peach. One thing’s for sure — it’s going to be a juicy summer.
My Thoughts: Peaches has sat on my shelf for two years. I’ve started it 3 times. Only on this third and final time did I manage to make it past chapter two and man, I’m glad I did.

The problem with Peaches is that is drags ridiculously in the beginning. The middle and the end? Oh, they’re great. The beginning? You need one heck of a lot of dedication to make it through. Once you do, it turns into something made of awesome.

There’s Murphy – the “bad” girl. Outspoken and tough.
There’s Leeda – the “perfect” girl. Always trying to please.
And there’s Birdie – the Peach girl. Home schooled and hardworking.

Put them together and you get a true friendship that no one expects. That, I believe, is what makes this book so great. You’ve got three extremely different but realistic girls stuck on a peach orchard for Spring break. They hate each other. They can’t become friends. it’s impossible. But then it’s not. The girls are more than what they appear on the outside, more alike than they think. And that’s exactly what starts one of the most realistic friendship trio’s in all of young adult fiction.

Let’s not forget all the supporting characters. There’s Poopie, Birdie’s superstitious housekeeper; Enrico, the shy Mexican hand; Jodie, Murphy’s flamboyant mother; and Rex, the boy who captures two of their hearts. That’s quite a cast, isn’t? They definitely are characters you’ll find repeated in every other teen novel.

On the other hand, the plot is quite cliched. It’s full of the normal family problems, friendship drama, and break-up but I honestly think that being set on a peach orchard gives such a uniqueness that you probably won’t even notice.

To wrap this up, I’d say this book is definitely more for dedicated readers since the beginning can be pretty daunting to some. After that, though, it’s fresh and enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.

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4 Responses to "Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson"

I’ve heard that if you like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants you might like this series. I’m sure hoping so!

What you said: “The problem with Peaches is that is drags ridiculously in the beginning. The middle and the end? Oh, they’re great. The beginning? You need one heck of a lot of dedication to make it through. Once you do, it turns into something made of awesome.”

That is EXACTLY how it is. The beginning is just sort of… blah but then it picks up and leaves you wanting more.

Interesting in reading The Secrets of Peaches? There’s also a third one coming out on the 28th that my friend and I are dying to get our hands on…

omg i love the book peaches!!! its lyk the best ever!! omg!!!!!!

The Secrets of Peaches is also good.

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