By: Peggy Kern
Available 10 March 2015 (my birthday!)
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Many don’t want to think about girls being trapped and sold for sex in this country. And the ones who accept that it happens can’t understand how it can happen. Little Peach tells the story of Michelle and how she became Little Peach.
Michelle’s childhood wasn’t a safe one, her mother was a drug addict and all she had was her grandfather. When he dies she finds herself at the mercy of the men in her mother’s life until her mother kicks her out. She believes she’ll be able to join a friend who went to New York City and takes a chance. Except when she gets there she doesn’t have any idea where to go. She’s helped out by a nice guy who offers to let her stay with him and help her out until she can find her friend. She’s sure he’s the nicest and is helping her because she’s worth it. That there are people who want her around, even if her mother didn’t.
Watching the way Michelle becomes Little Peach and the things that she accepts in her life is heartbreaking. It shows how a girl can think she’s making better choices and really setting herself up for more hurt. We can see the way that these situations affect the other girls in the house, some not growing up and others growing up too fast. We’re able to see the way the girls can bond, even in those situations.
It is an awful truth of our world and enough to break your heart. I’d hope that it is also enough to open people’s eyes to some of the things in this world. Because these things do happen in the world and in our country. And not everyone can do what Michelle manages to do, many will pay the same price the other girls have paid or continue to pay.
If you enjoy books that address difficult issues that face us then you’ll want to read this one. I’m not sure that I can say you’ll enjoy it since it’s a hard book to read at many points, but it is worth reading.