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The Secrets of Peaches (Peaches #2)

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Last summer, three very different girls--wild Murphy, perfect Leeda, and shy Birdie--etched their initials on a Magnolia tree at Darlington Peach Orchard to symbolize that they're friendship will last forever. But can it survive the less-than-peachy year ahead? Murphy, more in love with Rex than ever, is torn between her big-city dreams and following her heart . . . all th ...more
Published December 1st 2008 by HarperCollins Canada / Kid Cloth/Lb/B (first published 2007)
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Dec 26, 2009 EMi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens who are sick of reading about Gossip Girls and A-listers.
Shelves: i-own
The Secrets of Peaches is so much better than its predecessor I can't even handle it. The storyline in Peaches was terribly boring, the characters horribly cliche, and in the end, wasn't very satisfying at all. In the Secrets of Peaches, all the characters suddenly turn into real people! Everyone has real problems and real emotions that are easily felt by the reader. The three girls become much more relatable. Murphy is no longer this haughty sexpot with a stone cold heart, but rather an attract ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the girls last year of school, and they have some choices to make. Murphy is going to NYU after making the tough desision of leaving the love of her life Rex behind. Birdie went down to Mexico to spend some time with Enrico after having a little fun in the cider house. She also has to start running things around the orchard since she's going to inherit it. And Leeda is this years pecan queen and is fed up with her mother, she's going to Columbia in New York and has promised her that she is ...more
Roxanna Cross
Aug 26, 2014 Roxanna Cross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Secret of Peaches is a book full of discoveries, the coming of age blooming once more. Jodi Lynn Anderson’s voice and characters captivated the essence of the seasons and turmoil that went along with the fading tendrils of things that could have been or could possibly be… Very touching a thumbs good read.
Apr 17, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reread, 3-stars, 2015
So, the drama that I said was missing from the first Peaches book? It's here, in the second. This book was really melancholy and while the first made me feel good, this one made me feel a little bummed out.
Jan 18, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a while to pick this book up after I bought it, but I love how the author crafts this book by slowly revealing the characters and keeping you hanging. The ending was perfect.
Yoda Bor
Birdie est amoureuse d’Enrico. Mais celui-ci habite au Mexique et la jeune fille ne se voit pas quitter la plantation.

Murphy est amoureuse de Rex. Mais son rêve est de quitter Bridgewater pour New York et rien ne doit se mettre en travers de son chemin.

Leeda a bien du mal à dire non à sa mère. Elle se retrouve embarquée dans l’aventure Reine des Pacanes bien malgré elle.

Fini le travail au verger, le deuxième tome des aventures des filles se déroule sur l’année scolaire suivant leur premier été e
Kelli Belli
May 26, 2014 Kelli Belli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been so long since I read Peaches that I didn't know how much I've missed these three girls. This book was much more heart breaking than I anticipated. I thought it was going to be I cute summer read. I never expected it to have me tearing up through most of it and crying at the end of it. Can't wait to read Love and Peaches and see how everything turns out for Murphy, Birdie and Leeda as well as all the other characters I have come to know and love in this series.
3 ou 3,5/5 je ne sais pas encore.

1) Je n'étais pas du tout dans le mood pour lire ça et du coup ça m'a soulée 2) les filles m'ont vraiment agacée par moments 3) quelques répétitions.

Je lirai cela dit le tome 3 parce que je veux savoir comment l'histoire finit ! Mais j'attendrai une ou deux lectures, peut-être parce que je dois rendre le livre à la médiathèque...
Sequel to 'Peaches' so all the characters were familiar, but didn't do what I expected them to do. This is the kind of chick-lit I actually feel comfortable recommending- it's not all clean and nice, it's got a little scandal, but isn't all trashy ala gossip girls.
Ah, blir så irriterad på både Leeda och Murphy för hur de agerar ibland. Men det är en okej bok och jag kommer definitivt att ta mig an sista delen i serien direkt.
Taylor Lynn
Just as quirky and endearing as the first book in the trilogy, The Secrets of Peaches follows our girls Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie through their senior year as they make college plans, navigate the relationships in their lives (familial and romantic), and through the ups and downs of their friendship. It was a little more bittersweet than the first book; a little more tinged with loss, and change (not all of which was bad, but some of which was not entirely happy, either). But it was a great book ...more
The Darlington Peach Orchard in Bridgewater, Georgia brings three very different girls together for the summer. Shy Birdie Darlington is trying to keep her family’s orchard from going under, despite the fact that her family is falling apart. Defiant Murphy McGowen is serving a sentence for community service. Wealthy Leeda Cawley-Smith is working on her uncle’s orchard to escape her indifferent family. The loyal friendship that develops between the three girls leads each of them on a journey of s ...more
Sadly, I didn't really care for this sequel very much. It's more or less about growing up and learning to be an adult, but unlike Peaches, where Birdie, Murphy and Leeda spend a lot of time together, in this second book, they spend most of their time apart, and while I like them as a group, I find I don't find them all that interesting individually. Birdie is likable enough, but she also has the least developed personality of the 3. Leeda spends the entire book about as apathetic as you can get, ...more
May 26, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-and-ya
Still enjoying this series but this one didn't land for me as much as the previous one. The characters spend the book keeping secrets from each other, as the title implies, which is a lot more of moody teenage girls than I had hoped for. Nonetheless, I found their various struggles relatable and described in a way that really resonated. In particular I enjoyed the exploration of Murphy's fear of success. This author continues to address issues facing teenage girls in ways that feel real and true ...more
Noa Bash
Aug 21, 2014 Noa Bash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Short:
I didn't like this as much as the first book, but that is usually the case with second books in trilogies. This was just melancholy, and was just kind of sad.

The Good:

I really like and connect to the characters in this series. I really like the three main girls, and hope that they stay friends through the third book.
The setting was fun, and well done, and I think I liked it more because I am familiar with Georgia.
I love all the times spent at the peach orchard. I think it is the perfec
I neither liked nor disliked this The Secrets of Peaches. There are some things that I liked and there are some things that I didn't like - leaving me on the fence overall.

There's something about Leeda that I can't stand. I didn't like her in Peaches, although sometimes it felt like she had potential and could redeem herself. This time around, however, I just got the "stuck up snob, spoiled little bitch" vibe. I get it, her mom hasn't ever been there the way she needed. Leeda didn't need to be s
Aug 03, 2015 Madison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This sequel wasn't as great as the first book. I felt like in some respects the characters regressed instead of grew. Especially Leeda. I didn't like how the middle part of the book dragged on and the story wasn't resolved until the last 20ish pages. I thought the wrap-up needed more time.

But overall, I love this series. Peaches is super good. I think the entry into the third book was presented well. And I just really really love Murphy, Birdie, and Leeda. Their friendship is so cute
Michael Burhans
Dec 01, 2014 Michael Burhans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The second book in the Peaches series, in most ways better than the first. A lot of character growth that is more believable than in the first. The trio of girls fleshes out a lot more and they are less cartoons straight from central casting.

I also note this book got rid of the southern chauvinism that turned me ff in the first book. I was surprised by some of the choices made by the girls, and the choices made by their families, and this book left me wanting to read more in the series.
Jul 29, 2014 Touloulou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On retrouve les héroines de Peaches... L'intrépide Murphy, Leeda qui peine à trouver sa place face à une mère si parfaite en apparence et si froide, et enfin Birdie, qui est perdue entre l'entretien de son verger de pêchers et son amour pour Enrico, reparti au Mexique à la fin de la saison...

C'était mal parti pour cette lecture, je peinais à retrouver l'ambiance du premier tome, sa fraicheur et son insouciance. Je l'ai mis de côté, repris, remis de côté.
J'ai donc peiné pendant un tiers voire la
Alison Boyack
Apr 07, 2014 Alison Boyack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie try to hold on to their friendship while navigating their last year of high school. Murphy is determined to get herself into New York University and leave Bridgewater behind her. In the process of cutting her ties with the small town, she pushes her boyfriend away and hurts her friends. Leeda is undecided on her future, and still trying to gain her mother's approval. As her mother pushes her into being Pecan Queen, she also begins to push Leeda out of her life. Birdie i ...more
Mckeely rated it really liked it
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Nov 25, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The secret of peaches is about 3 girls who have been in Georgia for the past summer. they return with some hookups makeups and a whole lot of drama! The setting is in georgia in a peach orchard. Leeda's external conflict is with Rex. Rex is her ex-boyfriend and he is now dating Murphy. Only Murphy is off to NYU for college. Murphy's External Conflict is with Rex also. She is now leaving the peach orchard, to go to college in New York City, NYU. She is having a little argument with Rex, and Rex ...more
Noemi claudine
So much happens in the secret of peaches! With murphy she really wants to go to college in New York. Rex says he will go with her but he's not sure because he doesn't want to leave his own hometown. they get in fights and have a lot of drama. Will Murphy leave without rex or will she stay to be with the person she loves? Enrico invites Birdie to Mexico for break but shes not sure she wants to go. But she is worried it will be over if she doesn't go. She loves him but she says its complicated. W ...more
Andrea Arana
Mar 30, 2011 Andrea Arana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the sequel to Peaches is heartfelt and starting to develop, not as a summer book, but a coming-of-age story. everything in Bridgewater, GA, is somewhat manageable and more difficult to comprehend, but understandable. This summer everything changes for our 3 georgia peaches.

Leeda has been named the Pecan Queen and feels even more resentment and anger towards her mother, but as you read in the story, you can see that she is the way she was when she was little and how everyone around her consider
Jun 15, 2008 Liv. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-from inside flap-

Last summer, three very different girls--wild Murphy, perfect Leeda, and shy Birdie--etched their initials on a magnolia tree at Darlington Peach Orchard to symbolize that their friendship would last forever. But can it survive the less-than-peachy year ahead?

Murphy, more in love with Rex than ever, is torn between her big-city dreams and following her heart..all the way across the railroad tracks and into Rex's arms.

Leeda, nominated to be Bridgewater's Pecan Queen, basks in th
Jennifer Wardrip
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THE SECRETS OF PEACHES takes place where it's prequel, PEACHES, left off.

Birdie, Murphy, and Leeda are all beginning their senior year of high school and each facing their own struggles. Birdie is dealing with a long-distance relationship, now that Enrico has gone back to Mexico, as well as worrying about her housekeeper. Murphy is trying to deal with actually having a serious boyfriend and worrying about where she's going to college. Leeda is dealing wit
Sep 07, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than the first one in the trilogy. I liked how each girl's character developed as they worked through their specific issues on their paths to becoming young adults. It was also neat to see how their relationships with each other evolved over time, as well. I really liked how the author precedes each chapter with either some foreshadowing or a look into the past to add to the richness and depth of not just the girls' stories but to the story of the small town where they l ...more
Morgan Thelen
Sep 13, 2015 Morgan Thelen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last summer Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie all became best friends. But will their friendship last? Murphy is falling for Rex and doesn't know whether to follow her heart or her dream. Leeda finally makes her mom proud but when her sister returns everything changes. Birdie is having the time of her life but everything is going to change. The girls realize that hard endings will bring new beginnings. They also remember that the orchard brought them together.
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I write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and...civics! I was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now I live with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things I'm bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. I've loved ...more
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“I just wanted to see if... we were okay," she said, feeling relief. "Just to make sure we can be friends. I don't want it to be weird, you know?" Friends? Different parts of Birdie died as she said it. It was like stars exploding and burning one by one. She wondered if this was part of getting older. Parts of your heart exploded and died.” 22 likes
“It was funny how you could go somewhere and your whole life could stretch out and then you could come home and have it all shrink back to the way it was before. It was funny that it didn’t stay stretched.” 19 likes
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