16 January 2012

Reviewer: Kristen
Author: Larry Peterson
Pages: 285
Format: eBook - emailed for book tour. 
My Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary (From Author's website - link below.): Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles

My Take: This book is one of those books that could be a complete hit or miss for me. To my surprise however, it was a complete home run. I don't know why I connected so well with this book, but I did. I could relate to the characters and found myself excited to keep reading and finding out what happened. This novel has a Christian undertone which I could easily relate too as it's the religion I subscribe too, and I liked that it was continually brought up throughout the story. Little morals and beliefs from Christianity were present. The story is bittersweet, and once or twice I found myself choked up. But, it's laced with quick humour and wit which is a relief to the seriousness this novel exudes. 

As random and weird as it sounds, one thing that kept this book from a perfect score was the names. I don't know why, but the nicknames drove me nuts. Another little thing was the setting. I couldn't exactly picture how the author intended to be pictured, but I saw my own kitchen for example. I'm not sure that it worked for me, per-say, but I also don't know if that's a criticism or a tribute to Larry Peterson. 

Final Thoughts: I'll definitely look to re-read this book in the future. It's a story that I'll remember and definitely recommend to anyone looking for a young adult novel, but with a serious undertone. 

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  1. Kristen, your review means a lot to me because you took a chance on "The Priest and the Peaches" and I'm so glad that you weren't disappointed, but instead you thoroughly liked the book. Your comments are appreciated more than you can know!

  2. this was a hit out of the ball park

  3. Hi Kristen: You have no idea how much it means to me that, at 17, you enjoyed my book like you did. You have made my day and I thank you.
    Best wishes to you in the future
    Larry Peterson

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