Published August 11, 2012 by myliteraryleanings

Review of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Overview from

Three Georgia peaches are in for one juicy summer . . .

. . . but Birdie would rather eat Thin Mints and sulk in the AC.

Leeda would prefer to sneak off with her boyfriend, Rex.

And Murphy just wants to cause a little mischief.

Together these three very different girls will discover the secret to finding the right boy, making the truest friends, and picking the perfect Georgia peach.

My Review:

Two words come to mind when I think of this book—Birdie Poopie. I know it sounds weird but Birdie and Poopie are the names of two characters from this book who actually live together in the same house. And if that doesn’t get you to break into a laugh or a smile, I don’t know what will. Perhaps the rest of the book. Although this book isn’t all laughs, there are some funny parts.

In case you’re wondering about who these two characters are, I will give a brief description. Birdie is the teenage daughter of Walter Darlington, proprietor of Darlington Orchards, which is known for growing some of the best Georgia peaches around. Though the orchard now belongs to Darlington, Birdie can hold her own in running the place now that her mother has left.

However, Birdie is not alone in her task. The Darlingtons have the help of Poopie Pedraza, a Mexican immigrant who essentially serves as her housekeeper and much more. These two names put together by another character, Murphy McGowan, give us the name Birdie Poopie. When Murphy mentions this, all three of the main characters can’t help but laugh at this.

And who is the third character you might ask? That would be Leeda Cawley-Smith, Birdie’s cousin who is sent to work on the orchard by her parents for Spring break and then later choses to come back for her summer break as well. And why would a beautiful and popular young girl want to spend her breaks at a peach orchard? Well, that’s complicated. If I told you that I would also be giving away too much of the plot.

Murphy on the other hand is not at the orchard by choice, either for Spring Break or for the summer. She is there as part of a deal a local judge made with her mom and Walter Darlington. In exchange for keeping Murphy’s record free of mentioning certain crimes she’s committed, Murphy has been assigned to help the Darlingtons.

How these girls come together to become friends and make their breaks memorable and even fun is almost a miracle since they have little in common. The how is the fun of the story. What they learn from the experience though, will carry them through the rest of their lives. The weird names and funny expressions, like “hooptie,” for example, are what kept me entertained. The story is interesting too and worth checking out. It would be a great addition to any summer reading list.


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