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Little Peach

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,733 ratings  ·  533 reviews
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 w
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Emily May
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“You only missin’ if somebody looking for you.” Kat’s words slice through the air. “Understand? We ain’t missin’, Peach. We just gone."

I cannot give this heartbreaking, awful little book any less than five stars.

This 200-page story really really affected me. I managed to just about keep it together until the end of the last chapter, but then I read the author's note about why she'd decided to write about this topic and the tears started to pour. It's so powerful and horrific. I couldn't look
Wendy Darling
"Unlike a bag of heroin, a girl can be sold again and again."

Short, but powerful. And the above quote from the author's note is a sobering reminder of a world most of us are lucky enough to know nothing about.

Recommended to those who were moved by Living Dead Girl and If You Find Me.

Review to come.
Steph Sinclair
I did not enjoy this book. In fact, I'm not sure how anyone could given the subject matter, but it's probably one of my favorites of the year. Little Peach is raw and unflinching story of how one girl finds herself knee deep in the world of child prostitution. The subject matter is a heavy one, and Kern does not hold back the reality of Michelle's, AKA "Little Peach," world. Little Peach is a 200 page powerful story that with knee your feels right where it counts, make you curl into a ball and c ...more
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 stars!!

“You only missin’ if somebody looking for you. Understand? We ain’t missin’, Peach. We just gone.”

I read a lot of books and many have left their mark on me, but very rarely am I left speechless like I am with this book. Yes, this 200-page book has a heartbreaking magnitude that many other emotional full length novels can’t achieve. It’s not a book designed for enjoyment, but to raise awareness of every day tragedies that occur around us while we ourselves are fortunate to never expe
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

4.5 stars. Incredibly powerful and important. From page one hopelessness seized my throat because the truth is, I can't imagine. I can't understand. I don't come from money, but at every moment of my life I had someone I could count on. To think that there are people out there who have to face awful times alone breaks my heart. And these fucking words, overused and torn, seem void of meaning.

"What do you do if you're in trouble?
I wait for the answer to come to me. But there's only darkness a
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Wow… this was a very harsh read. Like, I felt sick to my stomach while reading most of it. It deals with incredibly heavy subjects - disturbing, even - but it is, in my opinion, one very important story. It's a real eye opener regarding the sex trade. We all know that it exists; we all hear about the projects and the poverty and the hard knock life, yet it never quite hits home until you encounter an up close and personal story like this. The story of a young girl who is so innocent, so obliviou ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"This is reality, whether you like it or not. All those frivolities of summer, the light and shadow, the living mask of green that trembled over everything, they were lies, and this is what was underneath.

This is the truth." ~ WILLA CATHER, MY ÁNTONIA


“Little Peach” is an emotional, haunting, heartbreaking story about the world we live in. That part of the world you hear about only in movies or books, that part of the world dark and raw you don’t want to know about, because in the e
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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, a
Faye, la Patata
This is a short book, but damn, does it pack a lot of punch.

And feels.

I've always known forced prostitution was and is a rampant problem. Not only does it happen in third-world countries where the poor are tricked and lured into this degrading and disgusting trade, but even women and children in first-world societies like the USA also find themselves unwillingly used for sex, as well. We see it in the news everyday, in our environment, and in journals and studies. But even then, while the majori
What a devastating and horrifying little novel this was. It’s a story that pulls you in immediately and doesn’t let you go until the end, even if you wish you could just look away.

Little Peach is my first fictional encounter with the topic of child prostitution (or prostitution in general) and I don’t think it could have been any better. The novel portrays Michelle’s journey with incredible rawness and honesty, yet it never feels like the author is trying to pull at your heartstrings. Everythin
Elle (ellexamines)
You know those books that you read in 2015 and rated five stars because you thought they were so important, but then looked back on and could not remember one single character from? But oh my god, you have to rate it high because everyone else thought it was so important and what kind of pitiless person are you that a story about kids forced into prostitution? Yeah, that’s how this feels to me.

So here’s the thing. It is important to bring awareness to child prostitution. It absolutely fucking i
Natalie Monroe
"You're only missing if somebody's looking for you." Kat's words sliced through the air. "Understand? We ain't missing. We just gone."

First off, this book? This tiny book here? Read it right now and don't you dare skip the acknowledgements. It's about child prostitution in the United States. If it makes you uncomfortable, it's doing its job. It's disgusting this kind of thing still exists in one of the most developed countries in the world.

"Somebody's gotta know what to do. And if you don
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Losing faith in humanity STARS

Este es uno de esos libros que NO disfrutas, pero que se quedan en tu corazón para siempre.

"I see them now. I can see them all. My daddy too. I know what he is. And I think the words every time they slam my head.
Thank you.
Because the make-believe is over.
Thank you.
Because at least I know that you don't love me, either.
Thank you.
Because now, I can run."


Aunque es una historia corta, me rompió el corazón por completo y me c
Kate (GirlReading)
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A devastating story, made all the more painful by its truthful inspiration, as explained in the authors note. I was a little sceptical at first, considering the short length of this book and the topic it was tackling but I thought it worked brilliantly. I flew through this during a single car journey and although 'enjoyable' is definitely not the right word to describe the reading experience, I thought it was brilliantly insightful. However, there were some examples of problematic language when ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
"You all alone. You got nobody. You got no place to go."


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Where do I even fucking start?

I have no idea where to start with this review. This book haunts me until now. I know this book is fiction. Michelle isn't a real person. Everything she goes through in this book, are not real events. She doesn't have a Grandfather who loves her dearly. She doesn't have a useless mother who threw her out of the house because her boyfriends were
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todas las mujeres deberían leerlo
“While researching this novel, I witnessed firsthand the selling of girls in the hotels of Coney Island and East New York, Brooklyn. I spent many hours driving the streets of Brooklyn with an NYPD detective, who showed me the intricacies of gang culture and the inner workings of the sex trade. I was also able to interview two women who had been targeted in the same way Peach was. Both had been tattooed by their pimps. Both had been given narcotics, making them all the more dependent on their cap
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, teen
My beautiful mama, all torn up...I bury my face so hard into her, I want to climb inside so she can see. So she can see that I am good and so is Grandpa and she can stay with us and she don’t need to be so dirty like those other people . She ain’t like that, my mom. Not mine. Not you, Mama.

This book is a gem. It's short, sordid, sobering... The MC's emotional progression is amazingly well done. Some author's struggle in the transition from a young perspective to a more gritty, wordly one, but t
shady boots
It's been decades since I've finished a book in one sitting. And this one in particular gutted me immensely. It's a fucked up world that we live in. ...more
Ellen Gail
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-a-day
"Ain't no point being soft. Soft things die. Hard things survive. And I ain't dying. Not from this shit at least." ...more
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I am still unable to articulate a fitting response to this story.

Just knowing that this story is not just a fictitious tale for some girls breaks my heart into so many pieces.

Little Peach follows the life of fourteen-year old Michelle. Michelle runs away from home, her addicted mother, and the painful memories of her passed grandfather. On an ambitious trip to New York, Michelle runs into Devon. At first, he seems kind. He buys her a meal, offers her a place to sleep, and gives her clothes. B
Nicole Wang
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Heartbreaking, terrifying, and raw.


I wasn't quite sure what to think about Little Peach before I started. Prostitution is a hard topic to cover, especially in YA, but tough issue books are some of my favorite (it seems having books break my heart is a favorite past time of mine.) so I was definitely anticipating this novel. When I finally read was as much as I thought it'd be--gritty and heartbreaking and...well, haunting, especially for such a quic
This book was so short and yet so powerful that I couldn't give it anything less 5 stars. Some books leaves you sad,but this book? This book left me angry in the end.It was truly horrifying to read this dark book,and what made it worse that this isn't just fiction-it happens in real life too.Even though it's a short book,it is not easy to read.

This is a kind of story which grips you from the first page and doesn't let go until the end. The story is written in first person POV,which makes everyt
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Before I get into the actual book, I have to give huge kudos to Peggy Kern for penning this book. This is one hell of a brave book to write. There won't be people who are just dying for a reread of Little Peach. This isn't happy, or uplifting, or anything other than downright horrifying. But it is brave. And more than that, it is important, because the worst part of the whole thing is that  this stuff happens . And after reading this book, it is so clear how and why, not that it makes a differ ...more
"You only missin' if somebody looking for you." Kat's words slice through the air. "Understand? We ain't missin', Peach. We just gone."

This book, although haunting and powerful, is not the kind of book I'd recommend to people.

It's tough to read about subjects like this (child prostitution) because they're real. I felt like I wasn't reading just about fictional characters — there are plenty of Peaches, of Kats and of Babys out there in the world, right now. Girls who are 12, 14, 16, who run a
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just remember wanting to call the police and actually denounce the f*ckers in this book.

Is one of the darkest books ever.

Read it.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This was such an awful and heartbreaking book. This is a terrifying story about child prostitution, a huge problem in the United States.

Michelle Boyton is a fourteen year old girl who was raised by her grandfather in Philadelphia. After her grandfather passes away and a run-in with her moms "boyfriend", Michelle decides to run away to New York where she finds herself in the awful world of prostitution.

"You all alone. You got nobody. You got no place to go."

There she meets a man nam
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal enjoyment level was three stars. But as for the actual quality of the book- the writing, the characters, all that stuff- five stars. So let's settle for the middle ground of four stars

You need to know two things about Little Peach.

The first thing is that this book is very dark. Little Peach is a story of a girl who runs away from her neglectful, drug addicted mother only to find herself trapped in the world of child prostitution. The author is not afraid to get into the nitty-gritty, sh
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2016
Short, but powerful.

I found myself fighting back tears while reading this story.

Abandoned by her mother, 14 year old Michelle flees to New York City searching for the last known address of her old friend. What Michelle finds is Devon, seemingly offering her food, shelter, and most importantly, a family. But will it be too late before Michelle can fully grasp the consequences of accepting Devon's offer?

All I can say is that I believe this novel handled the topic of child prostitution incredibly
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I feel like an asshole for giving this only two stars, but I liked the author's note better than the actual book.


Okay. I didn't like that parts of the story were told in second person. It was kind of bizarre. I didn't like the spare writing style. To me, such heavy subject matter works much better when told in lush prose, like in Ruby, which handled similar abuse. After a while, this book began to feel like a gimmick. One scene toward the end that landed the main character and her friend i
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trigger Warnings: Drug Addiction, Abuse, Child Abuse, Unwilling Prostitution, Death, Child Prostitution, Branding, Rape, Drug Abuse, Sexual Assault

I can’t even put into words how hard hitting and raw this book is.

Just a word of warning it has a LOT of Trigger Warnings and it’s a genuinely upsetting book, I find it very very hard to review this book knowing some of this is based on two different people the author met. It was a hard hitting read and it genuinely upset me, but it was so real.

I don
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