Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fangirls Spotlight:Series Review: The Peaches Trilogy by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Song Of The Moment- Georgia Peaches by Lauren Alaina
562762by Jodie Lynn Anderson
On Goodreads
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

My rating: 3.5 stars

163459The Secrets Of Peaches
by Jodie Lynn Anderson
On Goodreads
A delicious sequel to the national bestseller Peaches 
After a magical summer living on a peach orchard, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie confront a series of breakups, make-ups, and take-offs. They may have to leave one another, along with the orchard that brought them together. But despite their heartbreak, this year's bitter endings could lead to the sweetest of new beginnings.
My rating:  4 stars

2761854Love and Peaches
by Jodie Lynn Anderson
On Goodreads
Together for another juicy summer, carefree Murphy, perfect Leeda, and big-hearted Birdie return to the place that allowed them to bloom. Brimming with all the charm, humor, and heart of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, this satisfying conclusion to the series reunites three unlikely best friends for a final sweet farewell.
My rating: 4.5 stars

My Overall Rating: 4 stars!

Review: This is going to work a little differently because I don't want to give away spoilers for any of the books.
So this trilogy follows three girl through three summers. In the beginning these girls hardly know each other and are kind thrown together, there relationship is definitely bumpy at first but somehow they become best friends. Each book takes place over a summer, the first one is the summer they meet, the summer before their Senior year of high school. The second is kinda everything that leads up to the next summer, the summer before college. And the last one is the summer after their first year of college.

  Over the course of these books these character fall in love, make mistakes, grow and ungrow, break up with boyfriends and each other but somehow they always manage to find their way back to the Darlington Peach Orchard, the place they met.

  I really enjoyed all of these books, they had their ups and downs but I really loved them. I took turns getting frustrated with each character and hating various love interests and secondary characters, a few smaller things seemed dumb and misplaced to me, but overall this is a really good contemporary trilogy. It's fun, fast paced and easy to read and fall in love with. All the characters are flawed and have their annoyingly stupid moments but still you can't help but root for these three girls.

Let's Talk Characters -
  -Leeda - I mention her first because I think she was my favorite character. She's the one that starts out as a seemingly spoiled rich girl who goes to work at the orchard to defy her parents. Her mom neglects her in the sense that she's never there for her and makes Leeda feel as if she's unloved, this affects Leeda greatly. I think Leeda probably had the hardest journey in this series, with growing up and every time she thought she had figured out herself and what she wanted, she was wrong. I loved her journey, I really feel she is the one that grew up the most, and had the most drastic changes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her as she finally decides she needs to live her own life even if she doesn't know right away how to do that, and her struggles with her mom and Murphy and just life. I loved her friendship with Murphy(and Birdie of course), especially in book 2. I just loved it. Also I wasn't sure how the author was going to have Leeda end up but I loved it so much, it was probably my favorite of how the three girls ended up.

  -Murphy is just a fun character. She has issues too of course but hers are mainly about her conquering her fears and realizing that she really does deserve to have everything she's wanted and more. I loved Murphy, she was fun and spunky and again I loved her relationship with Leeda, and Birdie. Rex on the other hand, I never really felt their relationship was real. In a way it was a little insta lovey and I just didn't really like it. Also while I understood where she ended up I wanted a little more of it, what exactly she ended up doing and I wanted to feel like she was happy the way I felt with Leeda and Birdie.

 -Birdie - I admit at first she was my least favorite character, mainly because I didn't really feel like she grew throughout the series, she always seemed the same to me. Having said that I never hated or disliked her character, she was the glue that held the three of them together and it's just sometimes it didn't seem like she had her own story, it was like her one job was to be the glue. I did really love her ending, I think it was perfect and I just love imagining that that is how this character ended up.

 Let's Talk Romance - I think this is the main part where these book were lacking. I mean the basis of these books is friendship, which I loved, but of course there are quiet a few different love interests and whatnot. First we have Rex, I didn't like Rex. He didn't feel real to me, I didn't really know or understand anything about him, I didn't feel like he really loved Murphy or she him and I just wanted that to feel more real.
  Then we have Enrico. Maybe it's because Birdie always seemed naive to me but while I felt their relationship was more real, it didn't feel like something that would last. It felt rushed and choppy. They barely knew each other and then when they did spend time together we didn't really get to see most of it so it still felt like they barely knew each other, or maybe it was that we barely got to know them together.
  Now we come to Eric and Grey. Again we don't get to know Eric at all, which is kinda the point, I think. But Grey was probably my favorite of the love interests. They really got to know each other and I loved seeing them fall for each other, again it was abrupt in a way and I would have liked to see more but overall it was the best of the romantic relationships.

Overall - I feel like this was a long review! Basically if you're looking for a light contemporary about friendship you definitely can't go wrong with this series. It's fun and full of laugh out loud moments and pulling on your heart strings moments, also plenty of cringe worthy moments. Basically it's everything you could ask for in a contemporary book that's main focus isn't a romantic relationship. =)

Would I Recommend This? Yes!
Who To? I'm too tired to answer this question!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes!

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