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?
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, c2016
ISBN: 9780062270986
Branch Call Number: YA BROW
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 16, 2020

Joanna goes through a big change in her life when her father remarries to a women named Elizabeth, or more commonly known as Three. Joanna and her father move to a small, conservative town in Georgia, where Joanna is forced to hide the fact she’s a lesbian. When she meets Mary Carlson, hiding her sexuality becomes a whole lot more difficult. Personally, I like the refreshing take on the “christian lesbian” story. Usually, it’s about how the girl feels like her religion and sexuality collide, but Joanna is a proud lesbian that uses God’s words to support her. I would highly recommend this book if you are part of the LGBTQ community, an ally, or a religious person. The book deals with heavy topics such as homophobia, stereotypes, micro-aggressions etc., yet it’s still light hearted in a way.

ChristchurchTeens Jun 18, 2020

Jo is an out and proud lesbian, and a part of her dad's Christian radio ministry - but a move to conservative Georgia is a big (but Jo hopes only temporary) change. Her father has asked her to lie low and pretend to be straight for a while, but her feelings for Mary might make that impossible...

Jan 23, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. Being gay in a small town is a very specific experience and this book captured it excellently. It was intriguing and had an overall happy tone, which can be hard to find in books about coming out. I will definitely be rereading this soon.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

I'm a big fan of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit. There was more nuance than I expected and I really appreciated the way faith and family intersect in this story. Highly recommend!

Mar 30, 2019

**no spoilers!** critique: Quite a bit of it is a little unrealistic, but not a huge problem. I feel the author somehow made the other characters more likeable than the main character. Jo is a little hard to connect with. Mary Carlson’s character is written a bit strangely; she went 0 to 100 real quick but maybe that was the intention. Towards the end of the book, the writing changed somewhat and became a little rushed, but again, not a huge issue.

Not many books draw me in right away, but this one did from the very beginning. I just finished it in the span of one rainy Saturday and it was a great one. It tackles themes of religion and LGBT issues very eloquently. One part literally broke me down to tears. Even if you don’t usually express emotions like me, read this book because you’re going to be in for one hell of a ride.

Feb 11, 2019

It took me a minute to get started reading this, but once I was in, I couldn't put it down. I read it in an entire day of being home sick! It was an amazing read (even though I suffered horrible second-hand embarrassment and anxiety during the major points of conflict) and it was genuinely refreshing to read a story that doesn't pit Christianity and the LGBT community against one another. It's a book that I genuinely wish that I had this book when I was growing up, as it probably would have kept me from being so confused about religion today. Plus, it's a fun surprise when the book turns from a 'hiding in the closet' to a 'colorful coming out' story.

Feb 10, 2019

Beautifully written in a way that is captivating and easy to pick up right away.

Dec 20, 2018

Sweet and satisfying love story. <3

Nov 29, 2017

I'm a sucker for angsty, heart wrenching romance. And this story had it in spades. If there is one lesson I can take away from this story is be honest and upfront about everything. I loved it. I couldn't stop crying tears of sorrow for Jo and tears of joy for her again.

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.

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