Release Date: March 10th 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Girls & Women, Law & Crime, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
LITTLE PEACH might be one of the most unique and gritty books I have ever read from a fictional standpoint, although that probably stems from the fact that this book tackles so many real life issues that aren’t fiction. It is not something I would ordinarily read, but I would recommend it to almost everyone simply because it needs to be read. It depicts a harsh reality of our world that is frequently swept under the rug.
This is by no means an easy book to read, even though it’s a short one. It’s brutal, interesting, horrifying and thought-provoking all at the same. With all that said, I still have to say the book itself had its issues, and I’m not going to give it a glowing rating just because it’s heartbreaking.
The writing was a bit sloppy, and while it could be argued that was the point, it brought the book down instead of complementing it, in my opinion. The sentence structure and flow was also broken and choppy. Not only does LITTLE PEACH jump from past to present to even further in the past, it switches from first to second person narration. So when you first get into the book, it can be a bit overwhelming.
The characters were not incredibly fleshed out either. While there were some attempts at getting to know each character, the depth seemed to stop at just giving them specific quirks. Although it detracted a little from the story, it did not hinder my ability to be able to sympathize with them.
LITTLE PEACH shows a different side of the world some of us don’t even consider because we are lucky enough not to have seen or experienced it. However, it is important to remember not everyone is as lucky as we are. This book serves as that reminder, prompting thought and discussion.