[eARC Review] Little Peach by Peggy Kern

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Title: Little Peach
Author: Peggy Kern
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Abuse
Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Source: eARC received from publisher ia Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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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 is not an easy book to read. It is a fast read, but the subject matter was not an easy thing to read. This book is dark. Darker than I thought it was going to be. Michelle is a character that was born into a bad situation. Life did not hand her any favors and it doesnt look like she ever will get any. Michelle ran away from home to escape her drunk and drugged up mother. This seemed liek a great idea for her until she gets to New York with no one to turn to and one where to sleep. That is where Devon comes in. He helps Michelle out but he is not what he seems, and when Michelle finds out it is too late. She is too deep in his world and she can't turn back.

I really don't know how to review this book because although the subject matter was handled in an interesting way and the voice of Michelle was quite well done, there was something missing for me. I didn't connect with Michelle on the level I needed for me to be invested. I think I was invested more in the overall outcomes of the story than the characters themselves. I wanted to know if all the characters would get out alive. I wanted to know what happened to make her wantto leave everything she knew and I am glad that we got glimpses of her past because it helped me get a better picture of Michelle and what she was dealing with.

The writing in this book is very curt and short and it helps build teh tension and showcase how niave Michelle was to the outside world and what was going on around her. I wish that the book was longer so we could have more in depth into Michelle and what actually happened to her before and after what happened. But as it stands this book is not for everyone. Be preapred for some very tough subjects like prostitution, child prostitution and rape. Like I said, this book is a tough one, I just wish there was more of a resolution in the end so we could see some semblance of hope for Michelle.

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