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August 10, 2016
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson is actually the first book in a trilogy, but the original has always been my favorite and can easily stand by itself as a satisfying novel.
What first attracted me to this story had to be the setting: there was just something utterly appealing about a lush, sweet-smelling orchard full of juicy peaches deep within Georgia during the height of summer.
But it was only after being introduced to the characters that I truly got into the story. Murphy has a reputation to uphold as the wildest girl in town—until she is caught trespassing and is ordered to perform community service in a peach orchard. There she encounters the shy, awkward, and newly overweight owner’s daughter, Birdie, and Leeda, Birdie’s wealthy, beautiful, and popular cousin. Leeda has been forced to work at the orchard by her parents in an effort to keep her away from her immoral boyfriend.
Peaches was my perfect go-to book for lazy summer days on the beach throughout my middle school years and even well into high school. The story is reminiscent of both The Breakfast Club and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but it is distinguished by the exceptional imagery that Anderson uses throughout the story. The genuine sights, sounds, and smells immediately transport me to the peach orchard to go on adventures with the convincing and likable Murphy, Birdie, and Leeda.
About the Author: Mackenzie Morton is an intern at Scholastic this summer and completely thrilled to be working at a place that was such a big part of her childhood!
July 23, 2014