Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published HarperTeen 2005, 2007, 2008
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
In a Ya-Ya Sisterhood for teens, Peaches combines three unforgettable heroines who have nothing in common but the troubles that have gotten them sentenced to a summer of peach picking at a Georgia orchard.
Leeda is a debutante dating wrong-side-of-the-tracks Rex.
Murphy, the wildest girl in Bridgewater, likes whichever side Rex is on.
Birdie is a dreamer whose passion for Girl Scout cookies is matched only by her love for a boy named Enrico.
When their worlds collide, The Breakfast Club meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an entirely original and provocative story with a lush, captivating setting.
This is a really great, summer-y contemporary series! Just like the summary says above, it’s very similar to plenty of series that are classics within the young adult contemporary genre. However, I think this one just might be becoming a classic contemporary series of its own!
The first book is probably the hardest to start with. It’s plenty of world developing, although it isn’t a fantasy. We are learning about the peach farm the three girls live on, how they all ended up there, what is happening during that time, etc. Plus, one of the major differences is that it takes place over a longer time period than the rest of the books. There is also plenty of history to get to know between each of the girls. The second book picks up a ton and was my favorite in the trilogy, while the third book mostly served to wrap everything up (and made me super sad because I love these characters so much!).
Now, for our three main ladies. First, we have Birdie. I was never a huge fan of her character, but I didn’t not like her either. I really liked her character arc throughout the series, especially her romance with Enrico. The addition of the migrant farm workers from Mexico added a very realistic touch to the story. I really enjoyed how they were integrated within the farm community. Enrico and Birdie had some frustrating moments, but overall, I really liked their romance. I was pretty okay with Birdie as a character.
My favorite of the three girls was Murphy. She had so much spunk and was a really great character. She pushed the entire friendship with her very honest, straight-forward style. I think I could have read an entire book just about her. Murphy’s entire attitude made the series a much more enjoyable read.
Next, Leeda. I waffled between books with my opinions about her. In the first book, I didn’t care for her much. She was just the rich girl with some boy problems. By the second book, there was so much character development happening and she was almost unrecognizable (in a good way) in the third. There’s a lot of pressure for her to be like the other girls in her family, so I liked seeing her break away from that to become her own person.
Overall, this is a great, summer-y contemporary trilogy! I loved following these three throughout the early years of their life, all the sweet moments on the peach farm, and the great story of friendship.
Secrets of Peaches-
Love and Peaches-