Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: Under The Peaches by Shana Vanterpool

Under The Peaches
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Series: Book 1 in The Teaching Love Series
Pages: 368 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
February 28th 2017 

Links: Goodreads // Amazon
Overall Rating: 5/5

eARC provided by the author

Plot Summary:

Unwanted. A word eighteen-year-old Kaelyn Jefferies knows better than most. Given up at birth, she knows nothing of love. Now she navigates this world blind, worrying only about her present to survive. And sometimes when you’re the only guide you have, you don’t always do what’s best for yourself.

After another confrontation with her bully, Kaelyn flees to her hiding spot to be alone and nurse her wounds. Instead, she finds Julian Ean, the gorgeous twenty-four-year-old calculus teacher the other girls whisper about, nursing a few of his own. Until that moment, Mr. Ean was simply a man she passed in the halls. Afterwards, he is impossible to ignore … to forget.

Mr. Ean only wanted to help Kaelyn. Patch her up and show her she was worth so much more than she was giving herself. He didn’t mean to fall in love with a student. It’s wrong, he knows it, but he can’t help himself around her. Not when her pain feels like his.

Kaelyn didn’t mean to fall in love with a teacher. It’s wrong, she knows it, but after Mr. Ean shows her what a real smile feels like, there’s no going back after that …

Book one in the Teaching Love Series, comes a poignant coming-of-age novel showcasing the beauty of strength and the delicious lure of forbidden love by Shana Vanterpool.

My thoughts:

This book touched me so deep and so thoroughly, I was compelled to DM the author on Instagram about half way in to reading. This is what I told her {I think it conveys the essence of a review better than anything else I can add}. 

"I hope this isn't crazy, but I'm 48% into Under the Peaches and I'm awestruck. It's so so good. Your writing is doing exactly what good writing should do - it's making me FEEL so much. This book is the reason why people like me are voracious readers, we're always seeking the elusive high that comes when a book - the words, the characters, the story - is so perfectly all encompassing that it feels real in the very best way possible. Thank you. Really, thank you."


Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Final Thoughts:

Under The Peaches is not just one of my favorite reads of the year, it is one of my favorite books of all time. Yes, it is that good...

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