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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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Goodreads Synopsis

This is author Julie Israel’s first book which just came out this past May. It’s still relatively new but I haven’t heard anyone talking about it until recently. I myself picked it up because it was the 2017 Booktubeathon “book club” pick. I unfortunately was unable to finish it by the time the Booktubeathon ended, but I have been reading it since. Since I wasn’t under the pressure of the Booktubeathon anymore, I decided to take my time with this a recuperate a little bit from all the constant reading I did in that week.


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Honestly, I’m finding it hard to nail down my feelings towards this book. I was absolutely in love with it for the first half of the book. And then, the other half happened AND THE “ENDING”.

It’s hard for me to distinguish my feelings I have for the entire book and judge the book as a whole, rather than getting caught up in how much I hated the ending and how I felt walking away from the book.

I’m holding out hope that maybe my copy was just missing some pages. I’m just unsure how someone let it get published the way it is. I’m sorry but you can not have a mystery going on the entire book, literally from the very start of the novel and not reveal it in the end. It’s unfinished. I closed the book angry. Some times endings disappoint me, but this took that to a whole new level because there was no ending to judge; it was nonexistent. I, as the reader, was left in the exact some place I was when I started reading. The author gave me none of the answers we were searching for through the duration of the novel.

We follow Juniper on this big quest and search for closure. Although the author still found a way to give our main character closure, she left the reader none.

Right around the halfway mark, the book started to get really slow. Which happens a lot. But, I didn’t appreciate that in the last quarter of the book, everything happened at once. I feel like all of the events that happened all at once in the end could’ve been spread out through those really slow parts to help the novel flow better. In the end I was really overwhelmed because again, everything happened at once. None of the real conflict in the story happened until towards the end and I felt bombarded with all of this information. Whereas, the middle of the book was pretty boring because nothing was happening. I really wish events could’ve been spread out.

To my knowledge, this is a standalone and there will not be a continuation to Juniper’s story. Which saddens me, because again, we didn’t get the answers we were searching for. But, if I’m being honest, even if there was a sequel, I’m not sure I would pick it up; I would be too worried that the author wouldn’t be able to finish the story yet again.

In the end, I wish I had liked this more, I really wanted to but I just had too many problems with it and in my opinion, this isn’t a finished novel.


The remainder of this review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and then come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s begin the review!


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I am going to try not to focus of the end right now and go ahead a start with what I did actually enjoy about this book and then I am going to get to the things I wasn’t thrilled about.

I loved Juniper as a character. I enjoyed being in her headspace. I found her very interesting and unique. She was a very real and very relatable character.

I think the concept of the Happiness Index is so fun. It would be a really cool thing to do and to keep up with. I really loved that the design of the book was told by how many days it had been since Cami’s death. It was another way to implement the index cards into the book and I really enjoyed that.

I liked that although we never got to see Camilla in actuality, we got so much back story on her and she felt very real even though we as readers never got to see her. I thought she was really interesting and awesome. It was amazing that the author was able to “bring her to life” even though she had passed before the book started.

The whole book was like a scavenger hunt which was so fun. We got little tidbits of information at almost every corner and we were going through the same exact emotions and disparity to find the truth as Juniper was.

Although we didn’t dive too deeply into our side characters that much, I did enjoy the cast. Brand was by far my favorite but I also really enjoyed Kody.

Now let’s get to what I didn’t like.

I didn’t like the relationship between Juniper and her parents. I get that they were all dealing with Cami’s death in their own, different ways, but still. Anything there was any interaction between them I wanted to scream at her parents that they had another child and that they were pushing her away and going to end up losing her in a different way than they did their first child, which in my opinion, is just as tragic.

I didn’t like Nate. I didn’t enjoy his character. Any time he was on the page it felt forced, like the author really had to try to fit him into the story. And, I hated that he was the one the had Juniper’s missing index card. That again, felt forced. Also, the missing index card was another mystery that we were trying to solve from the very beginning and we finally got the answer and that moment was so anticlimactic.

Another thing that felt forced was the fight with Brand. It was honestly really stupid and the way it was written, you knew it was going to be fixed within the next 30 pages. I found it unnecessary and predictable.

So many things were left feeling unfinished for me. We would get some information and we would dwell on it for a good 20 pages or so and then it would be off to something else and that topic wouldn’t really get revisited. I hated how everything wrapped up. This had so much potential and I think the author was just trying to make too much happen in these pages that overall, it felt rushed and incomplete.


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My favorite part started on page 317. I loved  the wall that Juniper put together on 3 Hall with all of her Camilla prints and secrets she had collected. It was a really touching moment. All of her friends came back and helped her with it and it meant so much to her mom and it was just really, really sweet.


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My favorite quote takes place on pages 299 and 300. They were spoken by Juniper’s dad and I found his words really touching.

“I know you and Camilla weren’t … on great terms at the time of the accident. And I admire that you’ve done so much for those around you since then– I’m proud of your club work and volunteering. But… you can’t just throw yourself at causes in the hopes that they’ll make up for something you can’t fix. It isn’t fair. If you hold yourself to a standard you can never attain, what can the pressure do but build until you blow a gasket? I’m just glad you didn’t hurt yourself of suffer some kind of breakdown”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels on Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

What did you think about this book? Who was your favorite character? What did you think about the ending? Would you be open to reading anything else Julie Israel writes in the future? Any quotes that really resonated with you?

ALSO, since we weren’t told who the mysterious You was, who do you think it was?

(I personally believe that it was Juniper’s English teacher)

Leave me a comment with all your thoughts and feels!


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August TBR 2017!

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I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to read this month. I’ve kept trying to form a cohesive pile of books and I just don’t know what I want to read. I think I’ve put together an alright pile but I don’t know what will end up happening. I’ve just picked up some things that I’ve been eyeballing lately so I am hoping that I’ll get to them.

We will see though.

I don’t like to give myself too much in my monthly TBR. It overwhelms me and makes me less productive throughout the month so I try to just set myself a book a week and if I surpass that it makes me really happy.

I’m also thinking about participating in my own little 24 hour readathon just because I am a hundred times more productive when there’s a readathon going on and I’ve been reading a lot lately and I want to keep it up. My TBR for that will not be included in this post just because I’m not sure when I’m going to set that challenge for myself and what I read for it will depend how much I read before that and what I want to pick up in that moment.

So, without further ado, let’s get to my August TBR!


Image result for tbrFirst up on my list is to finish Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel.

Image result for juniper lemons happiness index ukI am currently 30 pages into this. I am really enjoying it so far and I’m really intrigued to see where the story will go. I really wanted to finish this before July ended and I sadly didn’t get around to it :/

However, I have roughly 306 pages left. Which shouldn’t take me long once I sit down and actually concentrate on finishing it.

 

IF ONLY I COULD STOP GETTING DISTRACTED BY WATCHING HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


Next, is the book I am most excited to read this month. Which is, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor!

Image result for strange the dreamer I just bought it and I got the beautiful UK edition. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I heard about it and it has actually been recommended to me on several lists because of some of my favorite books. I’m just super excited to read this.

It is a huge book though and I know that the majority of my reading month will be dedicated to this book.

 

 


After that, I plan to pick up A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

Image result for a study in charlotteI’ve had this on my shelf FOREVER. Seriously. Forever. Which really upsets me because I was so excited when I bought it and I just never got around to it. I just recently picked up the sequel so I think it would be really nice to just back to back them.

Plus, JUST LOOK AT THIS COVER, I LOVE IT!

 

 


As I said, I’d also like to read the sequel as well this month. Which is, The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro.

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I just recently picked this one up and honestly, it’s what has been pushing me to pick up the series. I just see them sitting on my shelf together and I WANT TO READ THEM SO BADLY.

(Plus August is in the title so I think it would be perfect to get to it whilst it’s August)

And again, THE COVER!

 


Which brings me to my last book; Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

Image result for two boys kissing goodreadsI am adding this book even though that would be book number five. BUT, I’m adding it for two reasons. First being that I’ve already started my first book of the month and it’s a carry over from last month AND this is super, super short. David Levithan’s books are always really short and I zoom through them.

I’m also exicited for this because Boy Meets Boy is one of my absolute favorite contemporaries.

 


Well, that’s everything I am hoping to pick up this month.

What are you currently reading? What are you planning on reading this month? Have you decided to be ambitious or do you just have a few things you’re wanting to get to? Are you planning on participating in any readathons? Leave a comment and let me know!

If you’d like to know what I read in July, click HERE!


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July and Booktubeathon Wrap-Up 2017!

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I am actually incredibly pleased with how much I read this month. I read a lot more than I planned on and picked up some really great books!

I also really enjoyed what I read this month. I only had one really “disappointing” read and even that wasn’t terrible and I’ve been reading a graphic novel series that I’m not that into. But other than that, everything was fantastic.

I completely forgot that Booktubeathon was taking place this month and I ended up compiling a TBR and participating last minute. I am so glad that I participated. It pushed me to read a lot and brought my monthly total up substantially. Plus, I had to redeem myself from how badly I failed last year 😂

Let’s start talking about what I read this month!


Image result for monthly wrap up what I read The first thing I read this month was, Saga issue #43 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples.

Image result for saga issue 43This is the first issue of what will be the eighth volume of this comic. This is my favorite comic series and I will continue to read it for as long as it continues to be released. I love it so much even if it does depress me. This wasn’t the best issue, it was kind of a slow start but it is the first issue in a new volume so it’s understandable. I’m really saddened by what’s taking place in the story right now and I hope that it gets better very fast.

 

 

I gave this comic:

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Then, I picked up the absolute masterpiece that is, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

Image result for lord of shadows goodreadsI loved it so much. This is now my second favorite Shadowhunter book, only topped by Clockwork Princess. It was absolutely amazing. Beautiful and heartbreaking and so, so magical. Cassandra Clare really out did herself with this one and I’m in love with it. My heart is shattered. But that’s alright. I’ll be okay. IF ONLY I DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT LITERALLY FOREVER TO SEE HOW IT ALL WRAPS UP! UGHHHHHHHHHH

 

This was my favorite read of the month!

I gave this book:

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If you’d like to read my review for Lord of Shadows, click HERE!


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Then, the Booktubeathon started!!

The first book that I read for the readathon was, Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

Image result for peaches jodi lynn andersonI was so excited to read this. I picked it up just because of Jodi Lynn Anderson. She wrote one of my absolute favorite books, Tiger Lily so I’ve been wanting to read the other things that she has written in hopes that I’d love them just as much. Though this wasn’t on the same level for me as Tiger Lily, it was still very good. I loved the characters, the premise, the setting and once again, Jodi Lynn Andersons writing really stood out to me. It was a very cute and enjoyable read.

 

This ended up counting for the sixth challenge, which was to read a book you bought because of the cover. Now, I’m sure you’re looking at the picture above and wondering why that is so I’m going to explain myself a little bit; I really wanted the hardcover editions for this book so that the covers would look great together and would match. Therefore, I bought this specific book because of the cover.

I gave this book:

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If you’d like to read my review of Peaches, click HERE!


Then, I picked up the second book in the Peaches trilogy, The Secrets of Peaches.

Image result for the secrets of peaches eaches jodi lynn andersonThis was the book that kind of let me down. I was really excited to continue the series because of how much I loved and enjoyed the first one and this just wasn’t as good. It lacked all of the things I loved about the first book and honestly, if it weren’t for the names telling me that these characters were the same people, I’d tell you that they weren’t apart of the same series at all. I didn’t really like it. The characters that I had come to love disappointed me and overall, it just wasn’t as enjoyable of a read. It wasn’t a terrible book but when I compared it to the first, I just felt let down.

 

Although I read this during the readathon, it didn’t count towards any challenges. I read it because it helps me to read small duologies or trilogies during readathons because I don’t have to worry about jumping from world to world as much and once I’m into a series I find it very hard to put it down.

I gave this book:

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And then, I finished off the Peaches trilogy with the final book, Love and Peaches.

Image result for love and peaches jodi lynn andersonEven though the second book disappointed me, I tried not to go into this with a negative attitude because I did really love the first one and I wanted to give this a fair shot. And I’m glad I did. This one wasn’t as good as the first but didn’t let me down like the second. I was happy with our characters again and loved where the story went and it brought back a lot of what I loved so much in book one that I missed in book two. It was a little predictable and was a shorter than the other two but it was a great conclusion to the series and I was really happy with where our characters ended up.

I’m counting this one for challenge number 3 which was to finish a book in a day. I actually have a few books that could’ve counted for this challenge BUT when I read this one I forced myself to push through and finish it in a day because I wanted to tick this challenge off.

I gave this book:

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After that, I decided I wanted to pick up a short and easy read, which was Scott Pilgrim Volume 3, Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Image result for scott pilgrim and the infinite sadnessI’ve come to the conclusion that this series just isn’t my thing. It’s really not bad but I just don’t like it. I enjoy reading them between books as a sort of diffuser to help me take a bit of a break before picking up another novel but that’s all it does for me. I find it hard to follow the story and to differentiate between characters. I always have to really push myself through the last quarter or so of the book because at that point I’m bored and lost. I wish I liked them more, I know lot’s of people do and I see why, it’s just truly not my cup of tea.

This ended up counting for not only one challenge, but two challenges. Which was challenge 1, read a book with a person on the cover. And, challenge 4, read a book about a character that is very different from you BECAUSE, for one, I’m not Canadian and secondly, I’m not a drawn character and thirdly, my world is in color. All are valid reasons and therefore I count it for the challenge.

I gave this book:

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Then, the book order I was waiting on finally arrived. BUT, it came at nearly 5:30 pm on Saturday. Which didn’t leave me a lot of time to read the books I was waiting for the entire week. But, I immediately started reading the book I was most excited for in that order, which was  An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and illustrated by Cassandra Jean.

Image result for an illustrated history of shadowhuntersThis was SO STUNNING AND BEAUTIFUL. I loved it so much I am so happy that I bought it. Every fan of this series should own it. It made me so happy. I enjoyed all of the little bios and I learned some new things about my favorite characters. And above all, the artwork was jaw dropping. This is one of the most gorgeous books I have ever seen and I loved it. I finished it within an hour and loved every page. My only complaint is that I really, really wish that Kit was in it seeing as he is one of my favorite characters.

 

I’m counting this towards challenge number 5, read a book completely outdoors. I chose this for this challenge just because it was short to be completely honest with you guys. I don’t like to go outside, especially in the summer, and I really don’t like to read outside. I must have the favorite blood type of mosquitos; they are drawn to me like a magnet and therefore anything I do outside kinda sucks. But I did it, I completed the challenge. This also counted for challenge number 2, read a hyped book. Anything surrounding Cassandra Clare and the Shadowhunter world is incredibly hyped and this was no exception.

I gave this book:

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After that, I picked up Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan.

Image result for love is the higher lawI bought this just because it was written by David Levithan. I knew nothing about it when I picked it up and bought it. The edition I bought didn’t have a synopsis on it, this was a complete author buy. But, I am so glad that I picked this up and honestly I’m really glad that I didn’t know anything about it going into it. If I really paid attention to the cover and thought about it, I could’ve figured out that this was a 9/11 book but I didn’t and went in oblivious. This was a really great book and I’m glad I read it. I didn’t expect to be so invested in it; I read it in one sitting and loved it.

This book didn’t count towards any challenges, I picked it up during the readathon just because it was the end of day 6 and I wanted to bump up both the number of books read and my page count. I knew I could finish this quickly because it was under 200 pages and it ended up being the perfect thing to read during a readathon and I ended up really loving it as well.

I gave this book:

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If you’d like to read my Goodreads review for this book, click HERE!


And that brings me to the final book, Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel.

Image result for juniper lemon's happiness indexI haven’t finished this book yet, but I am 30 pages in and those 30 pages were read before the readathon ended so I wanted to mention it. I’m really sad that I didn’t get this read during the readathon because it was the Booktubeathon “book club” pick. But sadly, it just didn’t arrive in time for me to finish it before the readathon ended. If I hadn’t had such a busy day Sunday and had had the time to read it then I may have come close, but I know I wouldn’t have finished it. I was reading this for the challenge of reading seven books, which was the only challenge I didn’t complete.


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In conclusion, I read 1 comic, 1 graphic novel, 6 books and got 30 pages into a seventh. I’m very pleased with how much I read and although I didn’t quite succeed my readathon goals, I came really, really close.

Complete monthly page count: 2,216

Complete readathon page count: 1,486


And that’s everything I read in July!!

I’d love to know everything you read this month! How many books did you finish? How many pages did you read? What was your favorite book that you read this month? Did you pick up any graphic novels or comics? Did you participate in any readathons? Leave a comment and let me know!!


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Booktubeathon 2017 Day 5 Update

5 days down, 2 days left, lots of pages read!

I can’t believe we’re already through day 5 of this readathon. I’m going to be sad when it ends. It’s been making me so productive in my reading life haha. Seriously though, it has.

It’s 11:35 pm right now, so actually there are 25 minutes or so left in this readathon day but I am SOOOOOO tired and there is no way I’m reading more before bed.

I hope everyone is still having fun, meeting their goals and reading oodles of words!


I got up around 10:30 ish. And, I started reading just before 11. Which I’m very happy with. I started Love and Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Which was the conclusion to the trilogy I’ve been reading all week. I held off starting it yesterday because I decided that I was going to try and let it count toward the challenge of finishing a book in a day. And, I SUCCEEDED. I read exactly half of the book this morning and it didn’t take me long. But, I then had to stop to do chores and such for the rest of the day and didn’t have a chance to pick it back up until 2 and a half hours or so ago. BUT, I did finish it all before midnight. And actually, I read it all within the span of about 12 hours. Which I am SUPER proud of.

My reading plan for tomorrow though, could go so, so many ways. I’m still waiting on my book order and tomorrow is the last day it can come before the readathon ends so I am praying to the Book Gods. But, if the books do not arrive, I have a few other books that I can pick up instead. But, we will have to see what ends up happening.

Tomorrow is going to be my last really dedicated reading day because I’m going to be out all day Sunday and I know that I won’t get any reading done. So, yeah. I’m really praying hard that my books come and that I am able to read a lot tomorrow.


And that’s a wrap on my update for the fifth day of the Booktubeathon!

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Booktubeathon 2017 Day 4 Update

I’d just like to start this post off by saying that I am super sorry that I missed yesterday’s update. I spent the entire day out with my boyfriend and ended up not getting back until after midnight. I only read 20 pages so there was just no time nor reason to update. So again, I’m sorry.

But we are officially through the 4th day of the Booktubeathon! That’s so wild. This readathon is going by so fast.

It’s 1:27 in the morning which means it’s now day 5. Only a few more days left. I hope everyone is having a blast and reading lots!


So, as I said, I only read 20 pages Wednesday. I was on page 51 when I went to bed that night and I read two chapters bringing me to page 71 before I went out for the day. AT LEAST I READ SOMETHING.

And today, I woke up pretty late (as always) but immediately started reading. I shut myself in my room, away from all distractions because I was determined to finish that book today. WHICH I DID!!!! I read 226 pages of The Secrets of Peaches and finished it.

Which means I’ve completed two books in four days. Which in my opinion is not too shabby.

I was going to go ahead and start my next book Love and Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson today BUT I decided I was going to wait and try to read it in it’s entirety tomorrow to complete the challenge of finishing a book in a day. Really though, I just kept procrastinating starting it and then it got too late and so that is how I justified it. Oops.

Although I haven’t read as much as I thought I would’ve by this point, I’m still really happy with myself. I’ve read two books and have written a review all in the span of four days.

I’ve been able to read everyday and I’m having fun! Which at the end of it all, is what matters.


And that was my quick update for the fourth day of the Booktubeathon!

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Booktubeathon 2017 Day 2 Update

It is just past 1 am. Meaning the second day of the Booktubeathon has come and gone. We’re technically now on day three of this readathon which is wild to me; it’s going so fast!

I hope all of you that are participating are kicking book butt and if you’re not I hope that you’re still reading a lot and having fun in your reading lives as well.


I started the day off strong and ended up being really proud of myself….for the first half of the day. I started to slack off and procrastinate after that and things went a little downhill.

I ended up not reading anymore before I went to bed last night which I knew would end up being the case. However, I did wake up a lot earlier than I did yesterday. I stayed in bed and shut myself off from the world and powered through the remaining 150 pages of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Which means………I FINISHED MY FIRST BOOK OF THE BOOKTUBEATHON! *does embarrassing happy dance*

I’m really proud of myself for getting it done and I’m happy that I’ve already finished a book. And not only did I finish it……I was able to set aside some time to review it as well!

(If you’d like to read my review for Peaches, click HERE!!)

As I said, I’m really proud of myself.

Then, things went a little downhill. I meant to start the sequel to Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, right after I finished my review…..but I said “Hey, you’ve worked hard…..let’s watch some YouTube”. And as I’m sure you know, “some YouTube” turns into a black hole of endless videos.

I did eventually stop procrastinating and decided to shut myself off from the world yet again and have a hot bath and was able to barrel through about 51 pages of The Secrets of Peaches. I didn’t get as far as I wanted to into it but that’s okay. I’m having fun and I’m reading great books and at the end of the day….that’s the most important thing.

I’m really happy with how things are going so far and I can’t wait to continue this week of reading fun!


And that brings me to the conclusion of my second quick Booktubeathon update! I’m having a lot of fun doing these and I hope I’m not annoying anyone with my very frequent posting haha.

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Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Goodreads Synopsis

Peaches is the first book in the Peaches Trilogy by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I picked this book up primarily because of the author; I read Tiger Lily awhile back and absolutely loved it and I’ve been wanting to pick up the rest of Jodi Lynn Anderson’s books since then. I will say that although I didn’t love this nearly as much as Tiger Lily, it was still really great and I enjoyed it very much.

I read and reviewed Tiger Lily before I was reviewing here on my blog, but if you’d still like to know my thoughts on it, you can click HERE for my Goodreads review!


Image result for thoughtsThis book was so cute! And it was super light and an easy read and perfect for the summer and perfect for a readathon. I practically flew through it. It’s just a tad over 300 pages, so it’s not that much but a lot happens in those pages and I absolutely adored it. I loved our cast of characters and our setting. It set the scene and feel for the perfect summer read.

We follow three girls; Murphy, Leeda and Birdie. They’re all very different from each other and are on completely different paths. But, they all end up thrown together for a summer and each of them find something none of them really knew they were looking for. It was filled with love and friendship and it was so sweet.

It’s a great story and I loved seeing how everyone’s lives intersected and how all our characters grew. It was really interesting and really light-hearted and fun too.

I’m very excited to start the second book, The Secrets of Peaches after I finish with this review. And I can’t wait to get to the third book, Love and Peaches, after that!


This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Peaches and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and then come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s begin the review!


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As I said above, this book was so cute and adorable. From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t bring myself to really put it down. It went by really quickly and held my interest the entire time.

I think my favorite character was by far Birdie. And, my least character was probably Leeda. Don’t get me wrong, I liked her and all but at times she was super annoying and bratty and well, whiny. Murphy was interesting and fun to read and I liked her story arc probably the most.

I didn’t really like the “Before” page. It felt really unnecessary and carried no real weight in the story. And then, later on in the story when that scene finally takes place I was like “Oh, I guess that’s why that was there in the beginning”. It didn’t need to be there at all.

I liked that we started off in Murphy’s POV. I loved the story of how she ended up at the Darlington Orchard. Her story was hilarious and had me laughing the whole time where has how Leeda ended up at the Orchard was pretty boring and Birdie well, lived there. Murphy was the fun and unpredictable aspect of the book and I really loved that.

Leeda was really uptight and for lack of a better word, prissy. As I said, I didn’t really like her. She annoyed me a lot. I liked seeing her through everyone else’s eyes but I didn’t like being in her POV.

However, I often felt myself feeling bad for Leeda. Her mom was absolutely terrible. She never wanted her. Never looked at her. Didn’t care about her at all. She was awful. I kept thinking that maybe there would be a moment where she actually had a little bit of a redemption moment like her sister, Danay did, and it just never happened. I really hated her. And I cheered Murphy on the entire time she told her off and wished that Rex hadn’t made her stop.

Birdie was fantastic. I loved her so much. She was this shy, hard working, good girl and she learned how to live life of the wild side a little bit and how to not let life pass her by. She learned how to have a voice and say what she felt and have a say in her life. She’s the reason the Orchard made it through the frost and why her dad refused to sell in the end. And I think Murphy said it best when she called her a powder keg. There was no stopping that girl once she set on something. She was a fantastic character and I really came to love her and I’m so glad everything fell into place for her in the end.

I love how we had these little snippet pages to show us glimpses of the past. It was really cool and interesting to see when their moms realized they were pregnant with them and to get some more back story on them considering we didn’t see them all the much. And, to see some more of the history of the Darlington family Orchard.

I honestly didn’t like any of their mothers. They were all horrible in my opinion. Granted we didn’t really see them, but still. They weren’t great and our main characters didn’t really like them either.

I loved that these three girls learned so much about themselves and each other and became such amazing friends in the end.

I love that Enrico and Birdie finally got together. I kept waiting for her to actually make a move and seize the moment to be with him and it never happened. And then we found out that he had gone back home to Texas. And I was had figured that the story would take a different turn then. But, she went to Texas to see him and I got hopeful again AND HE HAD A GIRL IN HIS LAP WHEN SHE GOT THERE. I was so upset and felt terrible for Birdie. And she went back home without talking to him. I’m not going to lie, I teared up. I was rooting for them and at every turn something else happened. I was so shocked when he turned up in the end. It was super cute and hit me right in the feels. SO ADORABLE.

But as much as I loved Birdie and Enrico…..I loved Murphy and Rex more. THEY WERE SO GOOD TOGETHER. I felt really bad for Leeda and I didn’t really see them actually getting together until almost the end but then I realized that it was going to happen and it made me really happy. Rex and what Leeda needed to gain a bit of confidence and as she even said, he felt like a big brother and I’m glad they had that. But they both knew they weren’t going anywhere romantically. I’m very glad that Leeda and Murphy remained friends and that Rex and Murphy got to be together. I hope we actually get to see them be in a relationship in the next book.

I hate that Leeda didn’t get a summer love. She ended up on her own and that makes me really sad. However, I’m glad she had that nice moment with her sister in the end and that things seemed a little better for them. I wish things had gotten better with her mom as well but sadly they didn’t. I really hope Leeda is able to find love in the next book.

I can’t wait to start the second book, The Secrets of Peaches which is exactly what I’m about to go do. I’ve come to really love these characters and can’t wait to see what else takes place at the Darlington family Orchard!


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My favorite part was definitely when Murphy told Leeda’s mom off on page 207. As I mentioned above, I cheered her on the entire time. I loved this scene not only because Murphy was sticking up for Leeda and being a real friend and finally saying the things Leeda’s mom needed to hear, but because it started the first real sparks between Rex and Murphy. It was a really powerful scene and I enjoyed it immensely.


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I again can’t narrow my favorite quote to just one. There were two really great lines in this book that just really resonated with me and I can’t choose between them. But, they were really short lines so it’s okay to share two….right?

The first takes place right off the bat on page 5 when we were in Murphy’s POV. Nobody spoke this line but I really loved it anyway.

“It made her think about how she couldn’t believe how big the universe was, but how small it was for her.”

And the second, takes place on page 157. This was one of the many times the girls snuck down to the lake. This time we were in Leeda’s POV and this was another line that wasn’t actually spoken but again, I really loved it.

“The moment slipped away, but because it wasn’t perfect, it was the most perfect one she could remember having.”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels about Peaches!

What did you think about this book? Who was your favorite character and who’s POV did you prefer? Do you look forward to reading the rest of the series? Have you read any other books by Jodi Lynn Anderson? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Where do you think the series will go from here?

Leave me a comment with all your thoughts and feels!


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