Little Peach Peggy Kern

Little Peach
by Peggy Kern

published on March 10th 2015 by Balzer & Bray
young adult | contemporary | abuse

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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.

Book Review

This is the only book I’ve ever wanted to put down because it was getting a bit too dark for my poor little heart. Not in a bad way! I was just so affected by the story that I felt like I couldn’t take it if the main character felt any more pain. At one point I was thinking, Nononono! because I. Don’t. Want. Any. More. Suffering.

Whether or not you’re a sensitive reader (like me), you’re going to want to read this book. It tells such an honest story about the dangers that a teenager (or really, anyone in general) could come across, even when they’re least expecting it.

Michelle, our main character, suddenly finds herself involved in the dark world of prostitution after some horrible shit happens to her life. While I did sympathize with her, I didn’t empathize with her. Get this: she’s fourteen, and I’m fifteen. That’s a just one year age difference, and I expected to be able to really put myself into her shoes. I couldn’t–her voice sounded too plain and simple, but not in the casual, easy-to-read way.

I just found her narration to be a bit… dull in general. More often than not, it felt like someone was telling me the story, rather than me being inside the story. I’m not sure if this is an instance of it’s not [the book], it’s me, but either way, I couldn’t immerse myself in it fully.

BUT DON’T PUT OFF READING THIS BOOK. This was my first read about child prostitution, and it gave me more than one perspective on the topic. You’ll realize a lot of things about this dark lifestyle, and, hopefully, it’ll make you more aware about what’s really out there for you if you aren’t being careful.

Skulls 3.5

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62 thoughts on “Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern

  1. I’ve seen great reviews for this book, despite the harsh subject matter. However, it’s hard to get into a book when the narrative voice just doesn’t work for you! Planning to get to this one sometime this year! *eyes TBR pile*

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  2. I have this book ready to read. I’ll try and see if I can give it a try on July (yay! vacations!). Great review! I believe there should be more books that address this theme, even when it’s a difficult thing to swallow.

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  3. This book sounds really terrifying :目! I still remember myself reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at the age of twelve and being absolutely terrified, so I’m not sure I can handle this (from then on I understood the importance or rating some books/films R, even though TGWTDT isn’t rated R )…but these issues are serious problems indeed. *shudders* I guess it’s the effect these kinds of books want to have on people? To make people slightly uncomfortable so that the issues can be seen? Yeah well I’m starting to ask rhetorical questions to myself. Great.

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    1. I actually LOVE dark books, which is why I was surprised that this book gave me an incredibly heavy feeling. I watched parts of the TGWTDT movie, and I wasn’t scared, but I was… bothered? o_o

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  4. aw that pesky “Show Instead of Tell” thing strikes again :/ Luckily this is a short book so maybe it won’t feel like that for me! Human trafficking is still such a real issue in urban areas, contrary to popular belief so this book is really important too.

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    1. I KNOW. D: Hopefully you won’t feel that way. I know for a fact that it happens a lot in our country still, so I believe that this book is really serving its purpose.

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  5. I’ve had an arc of this book for months now, I whenever I think of reading it, I always put it off because I think it’ll be too dark. I guess I’m just waiting to be “in the mood” for it. I’m glad you liked it though, even if Michelle’s voice seemed a bit dull. The closest book I read that dealt with child prostitution is Zoo Station by Christiane F. even though that book is mostly focused on drugs. I hope I’ll read this one soon.

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    1. You definitely should read it soon, girl! Honestly, the book wasn’t really TOO dark–it was the innocent way the MC narrated that made me really scared for her! >_<

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  6. Did I hear dark? *grabby hands* This sounds like an extremely realistic, if gritty, look at some people’s unluckier childhoods. But at the same time the non-empathising narrative might be an issue, hmm … I’m a sucker for intricate psychological description when it comes to suffering, so maybe not right now, at least.

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  7. I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews for this book Aimee, so I’m so glad to hear you liked it as well. It sounds like such a dark and emotionally draining story, but at the same time one that really needs to be read as well. Thank you for sharing this and, as always, fabulous review! <3

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  8. I saw this one while perusing the shelves at the bookstore! I remember thinking it seemed intriguing but I did’t give it much thought afterwards. After reading this, I think I might have to go back and get myself a copy. It really does sound intriguing and also insightful.

    Great review, Aimee!

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  9. Awk, I can’t decide if I want this book or not. I’m sensitive but not empathetic. I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW THAT WORKS. But it does for me, somehow. lol BUT ANYWAY. I read Sold a long time ago (I can’t remember the author), probably 5 years now, and it was probably my first read on child prostitution and it really rattled me. So I kind of want to try this…and kind of don’t.

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  10. I don’t think I’m emotionally equipped to handle this book at the moment Aimee! I need books that are bit lighter and fluffier in the summer months, and books that end well, and I’m thinking this might not be that book. I think it’s amazing that it’s out there though, and makes people realize that sex trafficking isn’t something that happens in other countries, it’s appalling huge in the US as well.

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  11. I actually like dark and disturbing books (as bad as that sounds :O) I guess because bad things do happen IRL. I’m not sure how I’ll feel after I read this one though because of the whole trafficking aspect and I can imagine that it may be extremely hard to read about, especially for me because I hate when children are involved in any kind of bad environments, it makes the mom in me come out.

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    1. SO DO I. I was pretty shocked when I felt so heavy while reading this one, haha. I know! I’m definitely not a mom yet, but I guess I want to be this protective older sister all the time.

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  12. This sounds like a difficult read. Being a mom I always think about my kids being in a similar situation and I just rage over the character’s plight! It’s extremely sad that kids/teenagers are actually victimized like this. Wonderful review, Aimee! :)

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  13. Being a person who loves dark books, I can’t help but feel curious about how dark this story must have been to make you feel that way. It must have been super intense. I hope the main character was feeling emotional and not physical pain, though, otherwise the descriptions would have to be really explicit and gory… O_O Dammit, now I’m regretting that I didn’t download this when I had the chance. That’s what I get for judging a book solely by its blurb, which didn’t really interest me.

    In cases like this, I think that sympathizing with the character is enough. It would be both weird and uncomfortable at the same time if you managed to empathize with Michelle as well, considering the fact that she’s in such a horrible situation — prostitution — even though she’s only fourteen (!!!). But aw, I’m sorry that you couldn’t connect to the story as much as you would have liked, but at least it wasn’t boring? Because dull narrations usually = boring to me.

    I know for sure that I’ve never read a book dealing with child prostitution, so this will probably be an eye-opening and interesting read. You know, your review makes me both curious and afraid at the same time. I don’t know what horrors are awaiting me now… :P

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    1. It was definitely more on emotional pain, but there’s a *biiiit* of physical pain by the end of the book! (No spoilers!!)
      That totally makes sense! I still wish I was able to connect to the writing a bit more, though.
      *in a creepy voice* DARKNESS AWAITS.

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  14. I love books that deal with dark topics but this is a topic that just makes me so sad and uncomfortable. The fact that this type of stuff actually happens sickens me and like you, I think I’d have to put this book down every once in a while because it would just be too much. Great review Aimee. Books that deal with subjects like these are needed.

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  15. I love books that deal with dark topics but this is a topic that just makes me so sad and uncomfortable. The fact that this type of stuff actually happens sickens me and like you, I think I’d have to put this book down every once in a while because it would just be too much. Great review Aimee. Books that deal with subjects like these are needed.
    (Psst, the other comment was from and the account I made for a school project! I hadn’t realized I was still logged on! Whoops! Sorry Aimee! Haha)

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  16. This is a powerful novel, it’s impossible not to feel for Michelle and her plight. The saddest part is, her story isn’t fantasy, it’s happening and its difficult to stop this… plague!

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  17. Wow, that is some dark subject matter. I am also a sensitive reader, especially to sexual violence, so this will be an emotional read. It’s so sad that these situations are too commonplace in real life. I am glad the book is helping to raise awareness.

    Great review Aimee!

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  18. I am dying to read this book! I am a huge fan of dark and controversial concepts on books and this one sounds perfect for me! I hope I can get myself a copy soon.
    Love your review, Aimee!

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  19. I heard this book was amazing because of the darkness. For me, personally, I need to be in that kind of headspace. I have it for review, but I haven’t read it yet. I’m not in the mood for the pain or the agony. Great review, though!

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  20. I do agree with what you said about not feeling inside the story. I felt the same way. But to be honest, I don’t know if I could have handled being more inside the story. I mean… it was so full of horror as it was, that being that much closer to it? I think people wouldn’t have been able to read it. Such a powerful story, and a lovely review :)

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  21. I’ve been really looking forward to reading this book because of all of the really great reviews. I might have the same problem that you did with the simple narration. It’s usually a hit or miss for me.
    On the topic of being 15… Well it still hasn’t hit me that I’m going to be learning to drive in a few months and now that I’m older it’s so much harder realizing that someone around my age would have to live in that situation.

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  22. This happens to me a lot, Aimee! I love dark romances but dammit I feel to much for my main characters sometimes! Why do bad things have to happen??? I want to read this but I’m a wimp. :P

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