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 her 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 straight girl, but then she meets Mary Carlson – her new friend’s sister. She’s beautiful and she’s smart, and there’s a chance she might be interested in Joanna too. Jo feels like she can’t betray the promise to her father, but she also feels she’s being dishonest to herself and to Mary Carlson.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit is a funny, poignant, engaging, cute read. I really loved this one. Joanna had a voice that I really enjoyed reading; witty and humorous, but also relatable. At times it’s light hearted and fun, and others it’s serious and heart wrenching. There are some strong family dynamics that are explored, especially between Jo and her new step-mother Elizabeth. The blossoming romance between Joanna and Mary Carlson was so well done, and you root for the both of them.
There is a large focus on religion as Jo’s father is a preacher and Jo herself has a strong relationship with her faith. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit focuses on religion and sexuality, and the struggle in balancing the two. Whilst is explores the homophobia and prejudice within Christianity, it is also filled with hope as it shows people of faith embracing Jo and Mary Carlson.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit is a super good read, and one that I would highly recommend if you’re looking for an insightful, but fun f/f YA book.
MY RATING: ★★★★★