I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Balzer + Bray on March 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, 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.
A home where her only grandpa took wonderful care of her, a mother who isn’t capable of being one, Michelle takes to the streets to try and find her friend. Only someone else picks her up, and what she doesn’t know is that he is a pimp.
Little Peach is heart-breaking. Child prostitution is always a delicate matter, but Peggy writes the story in such a vivid and realistic way that you know she did her research. And in her Author’s Note she did interview real people who were put in this situation so you know things like branding tattoos being real.
I was pretty horrified reading this from the beginning and I couldn’t help but feel all sorts of rage against these people. They’re children and to take advantage of them, use them and sell their bodies for a place to live? I just don’t understand people with no moral compass. The biggest reason is also why the girls didn’t think they could ask for help somewhere else. I was just horrified at her mother and her actions too. My emotions were pretty much all over the place, and I know that this book and its topic will stay with me for a long time to come.
Grab this one if you’re looking for a serious read with writing that is easy and straightforward with characters you just want to hug and protect.