Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday=Book Review Time--Pass me that peach

Up for today PEACHES by Jodi Lynn Anderson

10) Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson by teamedward498

Why I bought it? I actually bought the 2nd book first from a $5 table at the BN thinking it was the first one. I thought it would be a good, cheap way to try out a new author. I troll the YA section a fair amount and don't know how I would have missed the first one because I'm a HUGE fan of the peach as a fruit. Growing up in SC, I think it may be required. Anyway! I digress, but my love of the fruit is part of why I picked up the book in the first place. On the cover of The Secrets of Peaches (Book 2) the quote from Ann Brashares carried weight for me. It said: "Jodi Lynn Anderson's writing is packed with loveliness. Peaches is a sweet and delicious read." I'd been looking for something like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to read, and, as I read inside the cover about the main characters, I thought this would fit the bill. When I got it home, I realized it was book 2, and then I had to go back later and search out book 1.

Synopsis: Birdie's family owns a peach orchard in Georgia. The story follows the unlikely friendship of Birdie, her cousin, Leeda, and Murphy as they are forced together while working at the orchard. It explores love and friendship--what it means to find the right boy and how that affects your friends.

What I thought? It's a pretty enjoyable read. There were times when I LOVED Jodi Lynn Anderson's prose. She has a wonderfully charming voice. The story frustrated me sometimes, but, ultimately, I did like it a good bit and was glad that I had the 2nd book already to dig into. I enjoyed the characters a lot. When I got to the end of the 2nd, I was looking for the third even more, but it wasn't out, and so I had to wait a few weeks. I bought it right when it came out because I felt invested in the characters and wanted to know what happened to them. I enjoyed the 3rd book, as well, even though the storyline still frustrated me sometimes.

My rating: 4 (for all three books really--I enjoyed them quite a bit but not in an "over the top" way.)

Cleanness Score: 4 out of 10. The first book was cleaner than the 2nd and 3rd. I would give them ratings of 5. There was some language and some PG-13 sexual situations--nothing too terribly overt.

The sequels:
Book 2
11) The Secrets of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson by teamedward498

Book 3
29)Love and Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson by teamedward498


Lady Glamis said...

These look fun! Although I really don't like peaches at all. Except for the Jolly Rancher peach-flavored candies. Those are good!

Good review!

I'm thinking I will read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants first, though. I've heard those are a fantastic read!

Silicon Valley Diva said...

What a beautiful cover! Definitely would grab my attention as well. Love peaches

PJ Hoover said...

Talk about amazing covers! I love those! I'd pick them up for that reason alone!
Great review!

lotusgirl said...

Yep. the cover is what got me to pick it up in the first place. Those peaches looked so darn tasty.

giddymomof6 said...

Hmmm... I make an award winning peach pie... You're getting me thinking about it all over again! LOL! Thanks for the review! You're awesome once again! The books look super cute!

Crimogenic said...

I love peach pie... sorry I'm off subject :P

lotusgirl said...

Peach pie is never off the subject. I actually make a mean peach cobbler.

peace, love, and rock&roll said...

oh how i long for your peach cobbler!

sounds like an interesting read!

Cortney said...

I love, love, love your book reviews. I always end up adding them to my 'to-read' lists.

lotusgirl said...

I'm so glad you enjoy them. It's good to hear that. It helps encourage me to keep doing them.