Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
by Jaye Robin Brown
Joanna, aka Jo, is getting ready to start her senior year of high school. She does so in a new town where her father requests she masquerade as straight. In a town where almost everyone attends the same conservative Christian church, it’s heartwarming to hear Joanna’s viewpoint of an accepting and loving god. Joanna and her friends attend the weekly Christian youth group, go to house parties and do other typical teenage things. There is underage drinking and talk of sex, nothing explicit. This story is optimistic but not fake, not all of Joanna’s new friends will still be friends after she admits to being a lesbian.
This story takes place in a small-town southern high school and is filled with typical teenage situations. How will I make friends and fit in? How can I be myself and also behave the way my parents/friends/society expect? Is that person flirting with me or just being friendly? When mistakes are made, will I be forgiven? Regardless of sexual preference, this book engages the reader and has you rooting for the characters to be happy together.