Published by Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What do you do if you're in trouble?
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
“You want a family? You got it, girl. We are right here. And we got a place for you. Just for you.”
You ever read something that literally makes your stomach turn? Your skin crawl? Your eyes water? That’s how I felt after reading Little Peach. While this novel is pretty short it packs one hell of an emotional punch that left me distraught for most of the day. This book is not for the faint of heart but worth the read.
“You only missin’ if somebody looking for you.”
With Michelle in Little Peach you see how easy it is for a girl like her to get caught up in a world like that. Her circumstances in life are beacons to predators out there just waiting to take advantage. She was too isolated, too trusting, too accessible to the evils lurking around the corner. I can easily understand how it’s possible to be swayed into a world like this when you have nothing and no one there for you. It’s devastating to walk in Michelle’s shoes and see how moments of “kindness” are used to lure her into this horrifying new reality.
“We ain’t missin’, Peach. We just gone.”
I don’t think it’s possible to love a novel like this but I do appreciate it for what it is; an eye opening and heartbreaking journey that millions of girls face every day. Ms. Kerns brought to light an issue that many choose to turn a blind eye to and she managed to make it compelling and un-put-down-able in only 200 pages. It was the worst kind of train-wreck; as much as I wanted to look away, I just couldn’t. Stories like these should be required reading in school because the awareness is necessary if we have any hope of preventing this from happening to other girls.