Series: Peaches #1
Published by HarperCollins on March 10th 2009
Genres: young adult, contemporary, Fiction
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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.
Forgotten Fridays is a monthly feature here where the three of us get together to read an older book and discuss it. There are sometimes spoilers, but we always try our best to avoid them.
Pixie: So did any of us actually finish this one?
Lyn: I (unfortunately) did.
Kara: Why does it seem like we are always the black sheep on loved books? I DNFed at 27%. These female characters made me RAGEEEEE.
Lyn: BECAUSE WE ARE SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES.
Pixie: I tried to finish, but I really got way too bored and couldn’t take it. Put it down close to the halfway point.
Kara: Haha, I am glad we are all just fine with each other DNFing our Forgotten Fridays picks now. So fine that Pixie DNFed her OWN pick. Hahaha.
Lyn: I feel stood up. I finished this horrible mess of (insert here) shaming and sloppy drama. I WAS THE ONLY ONE.
Kara: LOL, Lyn! I am so sorry! Why DID you finish? Not that I’m not glad that one of us did so we can at least discuss the ending. At least you know for next time not to force yourself?
Lyn: It was like pulling out my own teeth. But I was determined, and I wanted to see if it happened to get any better. No. It did not. Seriously, I think I was in tears by the end because I was so pissed off.
Pixie: Glad I gave up.
Kara: Oh yeah, me too. I knew that as soon as I wasn’t meshing with ANY of the female characters, that I was going to hate the whole book. Supposedly (according to reviews) the girls maybe learn some lessons, but I couldn’t stick around to find out. I seriously HATED these girls.
Lyn: I couldn’t believe just how shallow these girls were in the book. If you’re gonna make them dramatic and bratty, then….I don’t know. Nothing worked in this book. I hated the girls, I hated Rex, I hated the dripping woe-and-worry of the entire novel. Like, everything is just SO HORRIBLE for these people that they have to out-drama one another. It was embarrassing.
Pixie: I’ve already forgotten most of what I read, I was that bored. A majority of the time, I’d skim. I’d yawn. I’d almost doze. I really had hoped to like this book when I picked it, you guys, because I wanted to it to be one of those good summer reads that give you that feeling of summer… and it was just a random find… but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. By thirty pages in, I wanted to throw the book across the room.
Kara: Okay, I gotta be honest. I brain dumped this garbage the second I put it down. I picked up an adult thriller to cleanse my palate. I wanted to forget this book even existed. So, what was it in particular that made you hate it?
Lyn: Okay, I hope this doesn’t seem too long, but outside of the drama and the flat characterizations, I had a lot of issues with some of the negativity of the novel. And I am going to try to make this as spoiler-free as possible.
What Birdie did with Enrico should have ended up with a call to the cops and the rest of the story was the other two trying to post bail for her. Because what she did was not okay. We often jump all over Twilight for Edward watching Bella sleep, for a reason. A girl treating a guy with the same disrespect should also be addressed, and I was furious at that scene.
Also, I was so pissed off by the whole Rex situation. The author tripped all over herself trying to make the event “girl centered”, but it was still the girl who paid the price when a guy forced her into something. Yes, the author threw in the entire “you broke up my friendship with a girl” plot, which warmed my heart, but in the next chapter, the forced-kissed girl is being told what she did was wrong and mean. SHE DIDN’T DO A DAMN THING. She was minding her own business, when this guy brought her a gift, and when her guard was down, BAM, KISSED. Also, that guy doesn’t deserve another girlfriend. He deserves to have his ass kicked to the curb by both girls!
Pixie: I think it was the opening scene with Murphy and trying to understand her character. In a way, I could almost relate with her in comparison to maybe my younger teenage years… but at the same time that whole scene set-up and the presentation of her being this “juvenile delinquent” annoyed me immediately. Maybe it was just me. I don’t know. Then yeah, from there I grew pretty bored with the other characters and the building story-lines and the setting. Blah, blah, blah…
Kara: I found it soooo boring so I hear you. Those epic angsty type novels are always kinda dull to me. I used to really like contemporary novels, but these days I need something else to keep me focused. I just don’t like that type of book. So right off i was worried I wasn’t going to connect. Then when I thought the opening scene was ridiculous, I knew it was going to be a book I didn’t like. So I totally relate to what you guys went through. I think I quit reading earlier than either of you did though (haha, Lyn.) I’m glad I did though because I can see that I would have just gotten MORE angry.
Lyn: 1.5 stars
Pixie: Well, Lyn can rate it. LOL.
Kara: Yeah, I WANT to rate it but I don’t feel like I read far enough to do that. So it’s a DNF for me. And I get to pick the book for next month. YAYYYYYYYY.
Lyn: I think I liked what you picked. I actually own it.
Kara: Me too. I’ve owned it for a while. Soooo, it’s The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and I have heard such great things about it. 😀
Pixie: I have never heard of it, but I look forward to it!