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“Peaches” by Jodi Lynn Anderson

20 Oct

TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:

Let's get a few things out of the way first: (1) This is strictly a female-oriented novel, for girls in about 7th grade and up; and (2) you'll find nothing in this plot or these characters that you haven't encountered somewhere before. With that said, this is a fast, easily readable, highly enjoyable coming-of-age novel with some genuinely sweet and touching moments.

Bad girl Murphy gets sentenced to perform community service at the Darlington's Georgia peach orchard, where she meets shy, stuck-in-a-rut Birdie, the owner's daughter, and beautiful, princess-y Leeda, Birdie's richer, more popular cousin. Murphy, Birdie, and Leeda form a tentative friendship over spring break, but it's really over the course of a long, busy summer at the orchard — one which includes plenty of late-night sneak outs to a nearby lake and even a roadside bar — that the girls become true friends.

Of course, none of the girls are truly as they first appear. Murphy, besides being a wrong-side-of-the-tracks troublemaker, is also brilliant, tough, and loads of fun. Birdie, underneath all her awkwardness, is a warm, caring person who almost single-handedly keeps the orchard running after her mom splits and her dad becomes overwhelmed by his depression. And Leeda, despite appearing absolutely perfect on the outside, is constantly comparing herself to her older sister … and constantly falling short.

What separates this book from others like it are its beautiful, almost lyrical descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of the peach orchard and the very real, very natural way the girls act. For example, when Birdie freezes up as a boy she likes tries to kiss her, you can understand just how nervous she is. Since the characters are so believable and, frankly, so likable, there's a huge, heartfelt payoff at the end of the story, as each girl accomplishes something important in her life.

Note: If you like "Peaches," you may also like the novels of Sarah Dessen, who writes in a similar style. Keep an eye out for the sequel, "Secrets of Peaches," due out in December.

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37 responses to ““Peaches” by Jodi Lynn Anderson

  1. Anonymous

    August 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Loved it

    I really liked this book. All three characters are easy to relate too and are fun to read about. The sequel, the Secrets of Peaches, is just as good as this one.

     
    • mel1317

      August 14, 2007 at 3:36 pm

      Re: Loved it

      Agreed! Here’s the link to the MAIN catalog for “Secrets of Peaches.”

       
      • Anonymous

        November 6, 2007 at 1:20 pm

        Re: Loved it

        I agree I myself have also read both of them i wish there was a third to show how each of them ends up in life.

         
      • mel1317

        November 12, 2007 at 7:58 pm

        Re: Loved it

        Don’t give up hope … you never know! Author Jodi Lynn Anderson also writes the “May Bird” series for younger readers. Maybe when she takes a break from those, she’ll revisit the Peaches? If I hear any news, I’ll be sure to post it here. Thanks for your comment!

         
      • Anonymous

        March 13, 2008 at 7:32 pm

        Re: Loved it!!

        WoW! Im just starting to read the second book and its already an adventure with them. Jodi Lynn Anderson is phonomenal when it comes to writing books like this.

         
      • Anonymous

        March 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm

        Re: Loved it

        There is a third one, it is called Love and Peaches

         
    • Anonymous

      March 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm

      Re: Loved it

      I love this book! I’m only half-way through, but it’s been great so far. I like that the characters are so easy to relate to and every-day. I could quickly tell which one of the girls i was most like! πŸ™‚

       
      • mel1317

        March 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm

        Re: Loved it

        Awesome! Yup, sometimes you can tell pretty quickly that a book is just going to grab you and pull you in. It’s great that you can identify with at least one of the girls in “Peaches.” They each have really great qualities — and, okay, some weaknesses — so as you go along, you might see a little of yourself in the other girls, too. Thanks for sharing your comment!

         
  2. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Hated it

    I did not like the fact that it was slow in terms of the novel itself. It was very boring to read and rather inappropiate

     
    • mel1317

      September 18, 2007 at 1:42 pm

      Re: Hated it

      I’m sorry “Peaches” wasn’t really for you. I wonder if you found it “inappropriate” because perhaps the book was a little too old for you? It’s definitely a high-school age novel, as there are some adult themes explored in the book.

      Have you ever tried the Louise Rennison or Sue Limb books? Those might be better suited for middle school readers. Here are links to the MAIN catalog for the novels of Rennison and Limb.

      Thanks for taking the time to voice your opinion!

       
  3. Anonymous

    October 14, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    LOVE IT!

    This book is AHMAZING! It is one of the best I have read in a while. But I have a question: What was Murphy’s last name? Does anyone remember????
    I definetely recommend this to 7th grade+ girls.
    READ IT!

     
    • mel1317

      October 22, 2007 at 5:07 pm

      Re: LOVE IT!

      I’m so glad you loved “Peaches”! I hope you got a chance to read the next book, “Secrets of Peaches,” as well. As for Murphy’s last name, luckily it was right there on the first page. Phew! She’s Murphy McGowen. Thanks so much for writing. Happy reading!

       
  4. Anonymous

    October 30, 2007 at 3:25 am

    i think:

    i think that this book shows three different personalities that are found in all girls at a certain age.most girls at the age of 13+ are a combination of the characters in this story…i really loved the book and cant wait to read the next novel.

     
  5. Anonymous

    January 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    good ?

    this book is pretty good its interesting but at the same time it is slow….

     
    • mel1317

      February 7, 2008 at 9:13 pm

      Re: good ?

      It’s funny how our readers can have such different opinions of the same book. It’s pretty cool, though, too, right? In the end, we all look at things in our own way. Hopefully, you’ll browse through this blog and find another book that might be more to your liking. Good luck and happy reading!

       
  6. Anonymous

    February 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    ITS GREAT

    umm..i really loved it its got that kinda “flashy but wut is gonna happen next” kinda…idk..i jus really like it and you’ll really never regret reading it, there was a guy that actually read it at my school and liked it but idk about him..its mostly for girls to read, if you dont like drama, reality, and romance all squished together you wont like it! but i luved it!
    ~KinseyH.~

     
    • mel1317

      February 28, 2008 at 7:24 pm

      Re: ITS GREAT

      Excellent review! I think that’s a perfect description, that this book is a mix (or, I guess, a squish!) of drama, reality, and romance. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

       
  7. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I thought it was interesting

    I thought the book was really interesting. It was well done… The book included three different girls and three completely different problems. I thought it was amazing because i could relate to all of the characters. I made one of my friends read it and she said she thougth it was ok because it was kinda like sister hood of the traveling pants… maybe there are some similarities. but all in all it still a really good book. My cousin started reading it for school and she told me about it. SO i gave it a try… I spent all day in barnes and nobles reading this book i could put it down i read it two times that day and read it two more times… Jodi Lynn Anderson really knows how to write to different age groups……. KEL BEL

     
    • mel1317

      March 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm

      Re: I thought it was interesting

      Yes, I’ve heard the comparison to the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series from other teen readers (different types of girls becoming close friends).

      I loved your comment about reading it at B&N! Feel free to stop by a library any time to pick up a copy. We’ll even let you have it for free. πŸ˜›

       
  8. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Love it!!!!

    i read this book for a book report with two of my friends and we all loved it. now my other friend is reading it and she loves it so far. I wouold recommend this book to a lot of friends.Wish my luck on my report; im working on it right now C:

     
    • mel1317

      May 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm

      Re: Love it!!!!

      (a) I think you’re pretty lucky to have read this book for a school report (sometimes the choices can be so downright boring), and (b) GOOD LUCK ON YOUR REPORT! Thanks for posting!

       
  9. mel1317

    July 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Re: Loved it

    I was at a publisher’s presentation back in May, and when they announced that “Love and Peaches” was coming out in the fall, I actually gave a little squeal of delight! Click here to see the cover on the Barnes & Noble site. Thanks for your post!

     
  10. Anonymous

    July 19, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Amazing Book

    Reading the back of the book, I thought, peaches? And orchard? How can someone write a whole book on that. And make it interesting! But when I started to read it, I was instantly drawn in. I absolutely LOVED the book. I was amazing by how the author developed the characters, and was constantly moving along the plot with ease. I would recommend this book to any teen ^-^ 5/5 =P

     
  11. Anonymous

    July 31, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    peaches

    it was hard to understand…………but good

     
  12. Anonymous

    October 22, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    sixth grade

    hi im jasmine i am wanting to know why you guys liked this series i havent read the first one but i have to do a book report on it im in the sixth grade and i dont get it i like my life better than the lifes of the girls in the book. i think that its lame and plus in six days the third will be out so stop crying about its just a teenage life write a journal about yourself and next year read it and youll be just as satisfied.

     
    • mel1317

      October 23, 2008 at 6:30 pm

      Re: sixth grade

      Ouch, that’s a little harsh. I’m not sure it’s fair to criticize people simply because they adore a book that you dislike. Do you know what I mean? It’s one thing to criticize the book itself, which is perfectly acceptable. People like different things, and, for whatever reason, this book isn’t working for you. But to extend that out to a broad negative comment about the audience itself seems both unnecessary and, well, wrong. Just something to think about.

      Anyway, good luck with your book report, and thanks for the comment.

       
      • Anonymous

        June 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm

        Re: sixth grade

        yah i go with her

         
  13. Anonymous

    November 2, 2008 at 12:06 am

    loved it

    Its a wonderful book cant wit for the sequal!!! great read=]

     
  14. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 3:21 am

    AHH!
    This book was the greatest!
    I was sad all day because there was only a few pages left i really didn’t want it to end! I found myself smiling and frowning in all the different scenes.
    AND REX SEEMS SO HOTT!!!

    -Jessica McGuire
    November 19 2008

     
    • mel1317

      November 20, 2008 at 4:22 pm

      Excellent! The good news is that you have two more books in the series just waiting for you to read. If you click here, you’ll be able to learn about the other books in the “Peaches” series. Enjoy, and thanks for writing!

       
  15. mel1317

    November 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Re: it was great

    Yup, I agree, I think Murphy was my favorite character as well. I hope you enjoy the next two books in the “Peaches” series just as much. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

     
  16. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    One of a Kind

    I Love this book! I’ve read the first two! I can’t wait to read the 3. OMG, I’m only in the 7th grade and obsest

     
  17. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Peaches

    I read the book and your review of the book. The book was, yes amazing, but much more detail should have been brought into the seranio of all the progession between the girls relationships and where they stand as any standard, every day person. I thought that the way J.L.A wrote the story seemed very real, and I think she may have had such experiences in her younger adult life.

     
  18. Anonymous

    June 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    peaches

    This is a great book. i was at my friends birthday and i ended up finding this book there and her mom bought it for me. it is great.

     
    • mel1317

      July 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      Re: peaches

      Terrific! It’s cool that you liked the book so much, just from reading part of it at your friend’s house, that you got one for yourself. Hope you like the sequels as much as the first one!

       
  19. Anonymous

    June 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Peaches

    I loved the book it was so awesome I don’t how Jodi Lynn Anderson came up with this book. She is so amazing. I really hope that she writes more and more and more and more books because she is an awesome writer. Peaches is the best book I ever read. Thanks so much Jodi for putting this amazing book out here and letting young girls/adults reading this. You are so awesome!

     
    • mel1317

      July 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

      Re: Peaches

      Wow, what a great comment. I hope the author, Jodi Lynn Anderson, hears your rave review as well. Thanks for posting!

       

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