Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review ~ Little Peach by Peggy Kern

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 208
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Goodreads Description: 
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. 
Source: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Little Peach was one of the ugliest, most eye-opening books I've read in a long time. There was so little hope in it. It hits you hard. It'll outrage you. It'll make you disgusted with people. There was nothing enjoyable about this, so don't read it if that's what you're looking for. Read it because you want to read an important story that will make you think.

The biggest thing I noticed was how the innocence contrasted with the ugliness of prostitution, drugs, etc. made the story have an even bigger impact. Any scenes involving Baby especially were tough to get through. She sucked her thumb, watched Finding Nemo, had coloring books. She was 12 years old, but her behavior made her seem even younger. It was like prostitution made her act younger, instead of older--like she was clinging to the innocence that men stole from her.

I was wowed ugliness of the story, but I didn't love the book. I had trouble grasping Michelle's voice and character, so I wasn't connected to her enough to be wowed by the book as a whole.

Overall, Little Peach was a horrifying read. Stories like this one are the true horror novels for me. Nothing is scarier than seeing the abuse, manipulation, and other acts humans use against each other. Reading this and knowing that, even though it's fiction, a LOT of people have experiences similar to what Michelle, Baby, and Kat go through . . . it's pretty darn scary. If you think you can handle this book, I highly recommend reading it. It's a really important story to read.

2015 challenges this book counts towards:
105 Challenge
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

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