Thursday, March 5, 2015

Little Peach by Peggy Kern

Little Peach
Author: Peggy Kern
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Little Peach was a quick but poignant read. It follows the story of Michelle who runs away to New York after her Grandfather dies and her drug-addicted mother kicks her out. Michelle flees to the city hoping to stay with a friend but instead finds Devon a charming guy who takes her in, gives her a home, and becomes her pimp.

My favorite thing about this story was that all of the characters were so wonderfully real. Every choice Michelle made was the same one I would have made in her situation. When she meets Kat and Baby, the girls she works and lives with, I wanted so much for them to all to support one another and make it out. But this isn’t the kind of story with happy endings. Little Peach is a real story with sharp edges and dark shadows and that is why I loved it.

I think the hardest part about reading Little Peach was knowing that child prostitution and sex trafficking happens to real girls and women every day. In every city there is this black market and not enough is being done to stop it. I am glad Peggy Kern wrote this novel because this is a topic that society needs to be talking about but isn’t.

Overall, Little Peach was a short and gripping read about a topic that happens to real girls everyday. I think although this story is difficult to get through, because of its rawness, it is a book that everyone should read. Sex Trafficking is an important issue that needs to be talked about.

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