Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

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Joanna meets the perfect girl for her and must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on love.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062270986
0062270982
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 22 cm

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Jo wants to prove she can be lesbian and Christian.

Out lesbian Jo agrees to "lay low" for her senior year in a conservative new town, but her promise gets more difficult when she meets the captivating Mary Carlson.


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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

mikeandfel thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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