Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

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Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees. Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn't possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she's starting to fall for the girl. Even if there's a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?
Published: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062270986
0062270982
Branch Call Number: YA BRO
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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Feb 01, 2017

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