Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Book - 2016
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When Jo?s family moves to the conservative town of Rome, Georgia and her evangelist father asks her to go back in the closet for her senior year, Jo reluctantly agrees. But keeping that promise is hard when she meets the beautiful and popular Mary Carlson, who seems to be interested in more than just a friendship with Jo.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062270986
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 22 cm

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morganameridius
May 08, 2017

Georgia Peaches was a really delightful book for a myriad of reasons. I loved Jo’s voice from the first page and there were so many layers to each character. The cliche “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is very evident in this story. Plus it was funny, adorable, heartwarming, and had lots of pop culture references too! I’m not a religious person but I have friends who are and I like learning about religion. It’s hard not to come off as preachy but Brown hits the sweet spot by showcasing lots of different types of Christians. I think it’s so important for other queer teens to see that they don’t necessarily have to choose between their lifestyle and their faith, that they can have a relationship with God and religion like Jo does. I also like that her dad was a less traditional preacher, using radio to get his message out and that Jo was interested in starting her own radio show to reach teens like her. That was pretty cool!

I really liked the friends that Jo makes in her new town and watching her relationships and trust flourish, especially with BTB and Mary Carlson. Mary Carlson was such a surprise! She was strong in her convictions in every aspect of her life and such an awesome girl. I didn’t always love the choices that Jo made and hate purposeful misunderstandings/lies, but you can understand where she’s coming from at least. Aside from the strong friendships and adorable relationship, I really liked Jo’s stepmom Elizabeth. It was refreshing to see her be more than a caricature and lovely to see her become a true friend/mother figure. I also appreciated her sharing what helped her become a more open minded person after living in such a close minded society. There is a lot of discussion and sharing across the aisle, between Jo and her parents, her friends, her church. I liked getting to see all sides. I highly recommend this charming book, even if you shy away from religion in general.

LPL_MeredithW Jan 28, 2017

Not only is "Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit" smart, funny, and moving, it manages that rarest of YA tricks: the teenagers actually sound like teenagers! Highly recommended.

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mikeandfel
Feb 01, 2017

mikeandfel thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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