Title: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit (2016)
Author: Jaye Robin Brown
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT+
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.
Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?
Read the first lines…
“COME ON EILEEN” IS A terrible song at any wedding. But when the wedding is being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta—the bride’s overpriced choice—one might expect better tunes, even if they are being spun for my dad’s evangelical masses. When the song ends and the DJ segues into a line dance, I realize there’s no hope. The whole room gets up, because, you know, line dance, wedding, white people. My dad, Reverend Anthony Gordon, handsome in his tuxedo, and the newly minted Elizabeth Gordon, aka Three, lead the dancers in a right, left, front, back shuffle that even the good Baptists of Rome, Georgia, must feel isn’t too much of a sin, because they’re all out there electric and sliding.
“Don’t feel like dancing, dear?” An elderly woman pauses as she passes my hiding spot, a crevice tucked between a wall drape and a hotel tree well acquainted with future divorces in the making. I’m working up a suitable answer when my best friend, Dana, slides in and cuts off the woman’s direct route to the preacher’s daughter, aka me.
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