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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  12,265 ratings  ·  850 reviews
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 Gir
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published June 1st 2005)
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored these books when I was younger. I don't think too critically about books, I more read them as an escape. So I didn't recognize the "slut and fat shaming" that people are talking about. I just loved the friendships and the romance!
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teenage girls who want to read a friendship story
Shelves: advisory25
This book was ok. It didn't find it captivating. It's a book about friendships, with a little romance. I do like how each of the three girls, Murphy, Leeda and Birdie are so different in personality and financial status yet they became best friends. These girls bonded as they spent time in birdie's orchard farm picking peaches. Girls may be able to relate to Murphy who is smart, sarcastic, and badass, Leeda who is gorgeous, popular and rich, and Birdie who is homeschooled,shy and innocent. Howev ...more
Peaches was a pretty good book but it was full of cliches. It's about three girls who would never be friends in real life.. but certain situations happen and they end up bringing them together. All three girls end up working at the same peach farm for the summer, which sounds interesting because I know zero people who have worked on a farm.

Now these girls were okay characters that I either liked or didn't like. Pretty simple for pretty simple girls. Murphy thinks she is all that and a cherry on
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Peaches is a wonderful break from the catty, evil girl books that so often show up in the young adult genre. None of the girls starring in this book is perfect, but their flaws make them believable and likeable. Their distinctly different personalities make the conflicts in Peaches more interesting; the issue becomes not just solving the problem on the surface, but finding a solution that all of the girls can agree upon.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A super sweet story about friendship and finding ones independence.
The beautiful setting of a peach orchard just added to it.
I don't think I will continue on in the series since I think this ended perfectly.
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls ages 9-19 (but if you're the tomboy type who dislikes chick novels, don't read this book!)
Recommended to Brianna by: my BFF Gina!
AWESOME-MAZINGNESS! BIRDIE! LEEDA! MURPHY!!! AW YEAH!!!!!! You shouldn't be reading this review to find out what the book's about, you should GO READ IT! But generally, this wonderful novel by Jodi Lynn Anderson is about: Birdie, the cute, sweet farm girl; Leeda, the almost-perfect but unhappy daughter in a wealthy, hotel-chain-owning family; and Murphy, the troublemaker who just happens to be amazingly smart. Fate has brought these girls together for a summer at the Darlington peach orchard- Bi ...more
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Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy are three girls that you need to get to know. Now.

Murphy is the troublemaker, Birdie is the shy girl whose dad owns the peach farm all the girls work at, and Leeda can seem like the snobby girl, but deep down is very sweet. These three girls, who don't know each other at all when they first come to work, soon become best friends. They have their boyfriend problems, petty fights, and family problems that they help each other
I'm a little sad I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, because this was one of those childhood favourites I reread over and over again. The biggest shock was how much I disliked Leeda's character this time around. I started out sympathetic toward her and believe me, I get the occasional sibling rivalry, but after a while it just became constantly feeling sorry for herself and this whole "the whole world is out to get me" attitude and I couldn't deal. I guess it's an issue with self-conf ...more
1.5 stars.

VOMIT. After you wade through the slut shaming and the fat shaming, you get 3 characters that are so stupid that you can hardly finish it.

NOT a fan.

Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
At first, I didn't think I'd like this book very much, because the characters seemed really flat and stereotyped. Actually, they ended up STAYING kind of flat and stereotyped, but not as badly as I had first anticipated.
This was a fine story of teenage girls becoming friends over a summer of being thrown together on a peach farm. One of the biggest problems I had with it was that it was sometimes really confusing to know who was speaking--Anderson's dialogue tags were among the most vague I've e
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 10-16 year olds
Recommended to Beckie by: my friend

Murphy McGowan is a wild girl who gets caught steeling some “crème de menthe” at a finically troubled peach farm in Bridgewater, Georgia. She ended up working there for the entire spring brake as punishment for her crime.
Leeda is a blonde aristocrat whose parents own a golf resort and she is sentenced by her snobby mother to spend spring break on the farm with her uncle Walter and her cousin Birdie. She would definitely rather be hanging out with her rebel boyfriend Rex to piss off her
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 4-stars, reread, own
This book totally reminds me of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants , just with less drama, and swap out the pants for peaches. But where the Sisterhood had history, the Peaches have a beginning. And I like that, seeing how three nearly strangers become parts of each other's lives, and the summer they share. Definitely an enjoyable read, and recommended for anyone who likes girly books about friendship (with a dash of romance, naturally.) ...more
Jenee Rager
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute, easy to read book. For a YA the characters are more well developed than usual and in a few cases a little darker than you would expect. I think this is somewhere between the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants maturity wise. A fun read for the winter months.
Lila Kims
DNF @ 23%

As soon as I read the first page, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach. Now I've slogged my way through 72 pages, and I am DONE.

Murphy sickens me. Her main goal in life seems to be getting every cute boy she encounters to check out her sizeable chest, while at the same time pretending that boys are boring. I mean... urrrgh. I can't handle it. She's mean and selfish and blames people for ruining her life when she's the one who BROKE INTO SOMEBODY'S HOUSE. *massive eye roll* Likeable qua
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Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Peaches, a fiction by Jodi Lynn Anderson, has quickly become one of my favorite books. A friend gave it to me because her mom gave it to her and she didn’t want to read it. It looked interesting so I decided I would read it, and my friend missed out.
The novel starts with a short chapter that gives a little background to unlock the story. These chapters reoccur frequently through the novel and give those “Aha!” moments. Then it moves into the life of Murphy McGowen, a brown haired, green-eyed bo
I usually hate saying things like "This book is the next so-and-so," but I will tell you that fans of Ann Brashare's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series will definitely enjoy this book. I can't speak for the series as a whole (yet), but I know that I am definitely looking forward to the next book.

I love books that celebrate friendship, and I adored the friendship between Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie. I have many close friends, but my best friend completes me. We balance each other out in many
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
"Murphy peered around. "See, the perfect place to be during a hurrican. In a shoddily built shed full of sharp tools."
Leeda shot another look at Murphy. But she knew she was right. Only Murphy seemed amused. Maybe that was the only thing to be. About everything."

"'It just feels like the world's ending,' she said through a smile." - Birdie

"She'd never felt her body relax so completely, resting from the hard work and loosening up in the company of the two sitting next to her. She felt liked. Leeda
Jul 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 12-15 year-olds.
Not really terrible but not really captivating. It's a book about three girls who, under normal circumstances, would never become friends, but due to various situations which land them all at the same peach farm for the summer, they do.

The problem with this book is that it's just cliche and unrealistic with characters that people can only vaguely relate to. Murphy is a super-hot troublemaker whose milkshake makes all the boys trip over their feet and fall onto their faces everytime she walks by
Alis Stevens
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I would love to give this book an amazing review, because it was likeable, but not entirely lovable.

Three girls are stuck in an orchard in Bridgewater, Georgia. Murphy because she has been sentenced there by a judge for all the mischief she has gotten into. Leeda was sent there at first just because her parents couldn't be bothered with her for spring break, then she returns in the summer because she can stand to spend the whole summer with her parents. Finally we have Birdie whose father owns t
Siara M
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Peaches is about three teenage girls from Georgia named Birdie, Leeda (Birdie's cousin) and Murphy who's lives become intertwined when they stay at the same farm for the summer. They all have different reasons for being on the farm, those being because they live there, are on probation..etc. and they don't get along at all at first. Birdie's shyness takes over leaving Murphy and Leeda to become friends but they come back one summer and Birdie brings up the courage to befriend them and leaves her ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such an endearing novel on the realities of being a teenager. It took me awhile to "get into" this book. The first 140 pages could have been condensed to 50 pages. I didn't really feel like the story really started until about 150 pages into the book.

However, when reaching this point I really enjoyed the book. I appreciated the author's ability to highlight the difficult points about being a teenager by really developing each character's relationships with the others. I loved how much tension th
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I sort of floated between two and three stars, but in the end decided on this rating after mulling it over for an hour after finishing this book. Going lower than intended doesn't mean this was a bad book; on the contrary I quite enjoyed it and floated along reading it quite happily. But looking back on it, there really is no action whatsoever and the characters are a little bland for my taste. A little too stereotypical, and I wanted to see them break the mould, really get to the heart of their ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
this was a fun read for the summer, but not a super duper legendary one. i did really like the girls' friendship and wished to be in the lake swimming with them, or just to be able to walk in the peach trees! the environment descriptions did give nice imagery without being too long. also i would have had a major crush on enrico too hehe and i loved birdie!!!
one thing that i didn't like was when the author refers to the mexicans in the story sometimes in a weird way, like how leeda avoided them (
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going to DNF this after reading a first few pages of Murphy's POV because she wasn't the type of girl I read about. I'm glad I continued because I discovered the flawed lives of Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie. Birdie was a bit of a kindred spirit. I wish I had her bravery. Leeda made some realizations and sacrifices. I didn't really love the Rex part of it but I did like Leeda. And then there is Murphy, the loyal outspoken girl who though of herself as a coward. I kind of saw myself in all thes ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I have been picking this book up for a while and I never actually bought it. Then I just bit the bullet one day and got it. It is a great story about friendship along similar lines of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. All three girls need each other to find themselves and get the strength to navigate through their mixed up lives. This was another book that I couldn't put down and finished it in a day through lots of tears and mascara.
Tina Rae
Dec 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Tina Rae by: school
Oh my goodness. I hated this book so much. My entire class did. We were so, so bored with it. We actually had to force ourselves to read it. I have never had that happen before. Plus, the author contradicts herself A LOT. And it was just completely unrealistic. Things don't magically work out perfectly. Conflicts don't right themselves as easily as this book would have you believe. This book just wasn't even interesting to me. I honestly think it was just a waste of time.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It showed a process of how 3 very different girls come together, creating a very strong friendship. They go through drama, boyfriends and cheating. I really liked how it showed all the girls points of view, it helped me understand what was going on and what they were thinking. This book is for older teens (and adults) but I do recommend it.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so cute & fun to read. Sure there were parts I didn't love about the book - like the cheating but overall I enjoyed the characters & the ending was great. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I won't say more. I will say that I enjoyed the book & would recommend it to everyone. ...more
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: peach lovers? (:
Shelves: to-reread
This book, and the other 3 in the series are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
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