Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publication Date: 2005
Recommended Age Group: 14 and Up
Summary: A fun and lively novel about three teenage girls from Georgia. Birdie lives with her Dad on a farm where they grow peaches. Leeda, Birdie’s cousin, lives with affluent parents and sister Danay in a nice and slightly snotty neighborhood. Murphy lives with her single mother in a trailer park. They meet up on the farm during spring break after Leeda volunteered to work there over the summer to get away from her family and Murphy was sent there for community service after she broke into Birdie’s house and got caught stealing liquor. They weren’t close at first. Murphy had a hard shell and didn’t want to let anyone in. Leeda felt awkward and didn’t know who to be friends with. Birdie was too shy to put herself out there. The break ends with Murphy and Leeda friends but Birdie still alone. They all come back for the summer and Birdie gets up the nerve to go and talk to Leeda and Murphy, begging them to help her get out of her shell and boy do they ever. She looses weight, gets kissed by a stranger in a bar, and gets up the guts to talk to the boy she likes. Leeda realizes that she’s been missing out on a lot always comparing herself to her sister and decides just to be her. She also decides that she is not in love with her boyfriend Rex and about the same time notices that he and Murphy are in love with each other. Murphy comes to grips with her mom’s shady past and present and tries to help her through her problems. She looses the outer shell and learns to trust. She also gets a new boyfriend, Rex.
Personal Notes: An exciting read! I couldn’t put it down and truly read it start to finish in one sitting. It had a bit of a slow start and I was wondering when they would all get together but it was worth the wait because of what they discovered about themselves along the way. I loved the subtle lessons it taught about being a good friend and not letting it get to you when others pass baseless judgements.
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