Hi guys! Happy Monday! Today I’m going to be posting my review of Jaye Robin Brown’s novel Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit.
I made the mistake of reading a bunch of reviews and seeing people not like this book, when I absolutely adored it. It seems this book was either really well liked or really disliked, there’s no in-between. I guess I fell on the loving side of the fence.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by: Jaye Robin Brown: It’s Joanna’s senior year, but her pastor father has remarried and uprooted their new family from big city Atlanta to small town Rome, Georgia. Because of this move, her father has asked her to hide who she is and not be so open about her queerness and lie low for a year. Joanna, unwilling, goes along, but what she doesn’t anticipate is all the events that happen along the way. This novel was everything and more. It was so much more than what the reader had anticipated. Everything from the plot, the conflict, to the characters were all so good. Even though the reader can tell that the ending will be okay, this is a beautiful contemporary after all, the reader wasn’t prepared for the journey it would take to get there. The plot pulled no punches and truly left the reader craving more. Brown has this way of inviting her readers in, making them feel loved and safe and wanting to stay in this world she’s created. The overall plot and conflict was so well done; it was not only a fun read, but an uplifting and feel good read too. The characters were these dynamic, fierce, strong, queer and accepting people; they made everything come to life and made it all worth reading. Without amazing characters this story wouldn’t have been as grand as it was. This is a novel you didn’t know you needed.