Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of...

Details Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

TitleGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
Release DateAug 30th, 2016
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

  • Keertana
    Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit is not a perfect book, not by any means. In fact, it is so full of plot holes and unnecessary dilemmas that I'm surprised I managed to get through it. But Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit shares some deeply important messages in a thoughtful manner that cannot be ignored--perhaps, especially, in wake of the Orlando tragedy. This is a story of a girl who has already come out to her friends and fam...
  • Sarah
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Rome, Georgia, is definitely where queer girls go to die.” This was a YA story about a girl who had to pretend to not be gay when moving to a new town with her father.Joanna was a girl who obviously cared about her father enough to hide her sexuality when she was previously very out-in-the open about the fact that she...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    It seems like all the lesbian YA I've been waiting for is out this year. This is definitely the first time I've read an inspirational (aka Christian) YA lesbian romance. I loved the writing style, which made me laugh out loud a couple of times at Jo's observations. The premise is interesting: Jo is the out lesbian daughter of a preacher, but when they move to a conservative small town in her senior year, her dad asks her to go back in the closet....
  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds2.5 starsI've been having bad luck with reading lately. Either I'm going into a slump or I'm just expecting too much from books these days. Because yeah, there are some stand-outs every now and then that get 5 stars out of me. But those moments happen less every month. And I hoped this book would be one too, but it just... wasn't. I still enjoyed it for the most part, but I wanted to love it. And I didn...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    4.5 starsGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit has been one of my most anticipated releases ever since Dahlia (author of awesomeness) told me it was totally a Christina book. I mean, it was already on my to-read list because a contemporary f/f romance set partially in my hometown was a necessity. However, since I’d DNFed Brown’s debut, I feared that this one too wouldn’t work for me until Dahlia assured me that I most definitely would l...
  • Jacob Proffitt
    Based on some reviews, I had hoped that this would match, or even just approach, the stellar Everything Leads to You (both with lesbian protagonists feeling their way into a lasting relationship). Sadly, I don't think it came particularly close. And when a brick wall materialized on the train track at about the halfway point, I choose to put it down. I just can't stand the heartbreak that became inevitable, even with the promise of the genre that...
  • Katherine Locke
    For the most part, I'm not a contemporary reader. I'm more likely to go on a fantasy binge reading kick than a contemporary kick. And I'm not someone who particularly loves HAPPY books, though I recognize a need for them in my life. But for the second time, as I absolutely loved NO PLACE TO FALL, Jaye Robin Brown reminds me that there *is* a special place in my heart for the contemporary that hits all the right notes: sweet, and funny, introspect...
  • Journey
    this was really really fantastic and one of those books where i cannot read any reviews less than 4 stars because i will get irrationally defensive.the summary is spot on, so i won't rehash the plot of the book. here's the things i loved:- it highlights how sometimes even for someone totally out, and even though it sucks, closeting yourself in situations can be tempting. and, further, that if you have the closet pushed on you, coming out AGAIN ca...
  • Natasha
    So upon reflection, I found my initial review of this book and describing the ableism to be a cluttered mess and I hadn't really made a lot of sense. So, I decided to rewrite it, explain the problems, and explain why it shouldn't be ignored in the book. I also changed my rating from a 3 to a 2 because at this point, I cannot think of much of anything I liked about it.So what is the problem with this book? So early in the book we are introduced to...
  • sofia (sam willows)
    Oh my god, my heart can't take this. RTC
  • Jessi ♡
    this book had a very important message to give and i'm so glad it exists, i'm smiling a lot right now
  • Lauren James
    For the sake of her peacher father’s new wife’s family, Jo lies to Mary Carlson about whether she’s out when they start dating, which leads to many more problems than I’d expect. Some of the drama is a bit contrived, which makes it infuriating in that "JUST COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND YOUR PROBLEMS WILL DISAPPEAR" rom-com way, but overall this is a very sweet and inclusive read. The religious element is a central plotline without the ...
  • Sonja
    I mean, honestly this is maybe just over four stars overall, but I'm giving it five stars anyway because of the way it resonated with me emotionally, and because it means so much to me that this book exists. Jo(anna) promises her radio preacher dad when they move from Atlanta to rural Georgia that she would stay in the closet her senior year. Well, whoops, because she falls in love with a girl who's just realizing she's gay. And oh my god, Joanna...
  • Lucy
    Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruits is one of the sweetest, fluffiest love stories I’ve read in a while, and Jaye Robin Brown manages to pack everything I look for in contemporary YA lit into its pages: diversity, complex characters, an interesting storyline, and a swoonworthy romance.In Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and de...
  • K.A.
    I had the great pleasure of reading this manuscript early, and I loved this book to death. As all Jaye Robin Brown's books, it made me feel like coming home. The characters were so brutally honest, each one so real and rich with emotion their experiences resonated with me on deep, personal levels. And the plot. Did you read the plot? KILLER. The Main character, Joanna, God, I loved her. She was the perfect teenager: afraid, proud, spunky, weird (...
  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
    I really really liked Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit. Especially the cast of characters! Jaye Robin Brown knows how to write group of friends and family and love. I had such a fun time while reading this book and seriously, didn't want anything to end. - A big part of this book is about religion and faith and belief. And you can see two sides of the coin in this book: Jo's family and her new stepmom's family. - Jo (the MC) has a deal w...
  • Ava
    I enjoyed this book. While it's not a new favorite of mine, it is one I would highly recommend for people searching for books featuring an f/f relationship, and not just that, one whose main character is very religious. It's wonderful to read a book about a LGBTQIAP+ person of faith, and it's a book that I think is going to be wonderful for a lot of people. 3 stars is because it didn't blow me away by any means, but I did not hate it.
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.Joanna Gordon is an out and proud lesbian and has been for years now. But when her radio evangelist father remarries and re-locates her from Atlanta to small town Rome, Georgia, her father and hew new step-mum ask her to "lie low". Reluctantly, Jo agrees, on one condition: she gets to have her own religious Youth radio show. In Rome, Georgia, Jo finds it easier to fit in as a st...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Save for the weird use of AAVE, quick happy ending, and way too convenient acceptance from the formerly intolerant, this story deserves reading. Pros:1. A cute story about acceptance of one's self, no matter the location of one's residence.2. Sweet romance between a girl coming out and a girl already out (with all of the conflict of each box the girls lived)3. Diversity of characters: a black, platonic friend, a mentally disabled brother, a Jewis...
  • charlotte
    So I finished this, then I went and did some other stuff and while doing that other stuff, I realised I have some Thoughts about this book. Hence this mini-review.1) It's way too long a contemporary book for me. Given that most contemporaries follow the same pattern - meet someone, fall in love, angst it out, make up - 430 pages drags it out for too long. Especially when the first 300 or so pages have not much going on. But maybe that's just me a...
  • H
    I'm bored already. Hasn't the queer girl/preacher's kid thing been done before (and better)? Why is the YA community acting like this novel is the second coming of Christ?Originality helps.(And good writing, too.)Grumpily yours,
  • sarah
    2.5 stars - interesting concept executed poorly, also one of those books that makes me wonder if the author's ever spoken to a teenage human in her life
  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)
    Gah. This book. This book was really lovely.So the premise is that Joanna Gordon is out and proud and has the full support of her radio evangelist dad. That is, until they move to rural Georgia with Joanna's new stepmum, where it's a bit more 'Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve'. So her dad asks her to keep quiet about being gay for the year she will be living there so as not to upset the locals. Whichis fine, until Joanna meets Mary Carlson and to...
  • Jess
    This was so good! I know that statistics show that religion is declining in America, but there's still huge swathes of the country where church is a huge part of people's lives and I don't see that represented often in contemporary fiction. So this was nice to see and this was especially nice to see given the LGBT context, because while yes, there are fire and brimstone types (as this portrays), there are also people who don't feel that way, and ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    A beautiful but poignant story about the pressure of changing yourself to please your family, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit is an amazing novel of courage and love.
  • Ann Elise Monte
    Edit 2 June 2017: I'm adding Tasha's review as a link here because she discusses the ableism in this book, which I don't really touch on.(Note: all page numbers are from my hardcover edition)I wanted to like this book. I'd been excited to read it for months. On a basic writing level, there's nothing wrong with it. The writing style is easy to read and the protagonist's voice is fairly strong. I also really liked the peach motif that cropped up he...
  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    This is a book I never knew I needed until I started reading it. It's a beautiful, poignant, and honest look at homosexuality and what it's like being a lesbian in a community of potentially small-minded people. A wonderful, wonderful book!