By: Celine | February 28, 2015 | (34) Comments

Review: Little Peach by Peggy KernLittle Peach by Peggy Kern
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Source: Received in exchange for 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.

I have no idea how to review Little Peach properly. The book itself didn’t manage to really get me, as the writing style and such weren’t really my thing, but on the other hand this is such an important and powerful subject… I am conflicted. One thing is certain, and that is that this is an important book.

Little Peach tackles a tough subject, but it’s a subject that needs to be tackled. After all, this happens to girls all over the world, every day. Every single day. Little Peach follows one of these girls: Michelle. After having fled her less-than-good home situation, she finds herself lost and wandering. Then, she meets a handsome young guy, who takes her home, cares for her… and oh yeah, makes money off her by selling her body. Michelle finds herself in the dark world of child prostitution.

Phew, that’s quite a subject, isn’t it? I’m going to emphasize time and again in this review how incredibly important this book is. Because though the story itself is fiction, it so easily could have been a real girl. For countless girls, it is reality. So don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t important. That said, however, the book itself just wasn’t for me. Though I appreciate the dark subject matter, the style this novel was written in just isn’t really for me. It’s a bit like stream-of-consciousness, and that combined with Michelle’s very young voice put me off. Michelle is naïve. She is young. She has no idea about what the real world is like.

But on the other side, this incredibly young voice and that naïveté is also what could make this book that more powerful for others. It didn’t work for me, but I can imagine that other readers might be struck by it all and really feel for Michelle. And that’s where my main problem lies. Maybe I’m just heartless, but I couldn’t connect to the story at all. I just didn’t feel anything for any of the characters, and this lack of connection is also why this didn’t end up being a winner for me. At times, the only thing that kept me reading was the intrigue: how will Michelle get out of this situation? But this truly is a personal thing, so don’t let it hold you back from reading this short little novel.

In all, Little Peach was a mixed bag for me. Though I recognize the absolute importance of this book and just want to praise it endlessly for that, the story itself had no emotional resonance with me. But do not let that stop you – this is one of those books you just really should have read, even if you don’t enjoy it. Because it is important. Because it happens every day. And because we should become aware of it.

~Thank you, Balzer + Bray, for the review copy!~

3.5 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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34 Responses to Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern

  1. Nara says:

    This sounds like such a confronting and powerful book, and I definitely don’t think I’ve come across anything like it in YA before. Definitely thinking of giving it a go when it comes out- I didn’t want to request a copy because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to review it properly. You’ve done a fabulous job though, Celine! 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      It really was! Like you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this before, and I’ve certainly not seen the topic handled in YA. And aw, thank you Nara! <33

  2. It’s clear from your review that this has a very dark motif, and yes, it DOES have a lot of importance, and its also clear from your review that this is one book I cannot afford to forgo. I will definitely be picking this up, because like you said, its a very important topic, and at the same time for me it sounds very emotional and powerful. Beautiful review, Celine 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      Ooh! I’m really curious what you’ll think of it 🙂 I’m also slightly nervous when people say they’re picking up a book partly because of me, haha. It’s definitely important and emotional though. I hope it ends up being a powerful read for you 🙂
      Thank you! <33

  3. I honestly think I couldn’t read it because of the topic 🙁

  4. Melanie says:

    Yes, I’ve read so many reviews for this one and it definitely has me curious because of the topic that it touches. It’s a shame that you couldn’t fully connect with this novel though 🙁 (you’re totally heartless, hehehe) I can see why the author wanted to create such a young voice, so I don’t think it’d bother me as much here.

    Lovely review, Celine <33

  5. Tanja says:

    Oh this is really interesting. I have read some books that deal with prostitution but it seems in a different way. This one seems to offer a powerful message how it happens everywhere and it can happen to everyone. So glad that someone wrote about it. Amazing review, girl 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      I actually hadn’t read any books on the topic before! This one definitely does what you said, though: show how big of a problem this really is and how it can happen to anyone. Thank you Tanja <33

  6. Oh gosh, this book sounds incredibly intense, and it would be difficult to write about such tough subject matter. I think you reviewed it just fine!
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  7. Alreem says:

    not really my type of books but happy you enjoyed it 😀
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  8. I have heard about this book’s delicate subject matter. I do think it needs to be broached, but I don’t think you should feel bad that you didn’t quite find empathy for the novel in general.
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    • Celine says:

      Thank you! I can’t help feeling a little heartless when I end up not really caring for the book itself while the subject matter is so important 🙂

  9. Looks like I should give Little Peach a go. All the book reviews I’ve read intrigued me.
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  10. Oh, oh I hate it when a book is like a seriously tough subject matter, or is actually addressing a tough topic society mostly ignores…and then I end up disliking the book. >_< It definitely makes me feel heartless. SO I UNDERSTAND. I'm curious about this one at the same time scared of it.
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    • Celine says:

      YES. Like, I am heartless, but I’m not supposed to be this heartless. It’s an important subject!
      very curious what you’d think of this one 🙂 My gut tells me you’d be in the same boat as I am, but my gut’s known for having been wrong before, so… if you read it though, definitely tell me what you thought!

  11. Lily says:

    I love reading books that deal with difficult subject matters but i’m not one to immediate love a book because it broaches a subject that’s sad or difficult. I don’t love books by default. I’ve been the black sheep enough times to not let it affect me if I can’t connect with a book that deals with something remotely depressing. If I can’t see it a genuine or heartfelt and doesn’t work for me that’s okay.
    I hope you don’t feel bad about not connecting with this book Celine, especially since it deals with a difficult subject matter.
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    • Celine says:

      I’m with you on that! I absolutely love dark and ‘tough’ books. However, like you I’ve been the black sheep quite a few times 🙂 I always feel a little heartless for not liking a book when it’s so incredibly important, but I don’t feel really bad about it. After all, every book is different and some styles just end up not working for some people 🙂

  12. Rashika says:

    Hush! You’re not heartless! I can totally see why reading a book that reads like a stream of consciousness wouldn’t work for someone!

    The story itself is one I agree is incredibly important. I’ve been too chicken to touch this book but it brings me joy that someone decided to not just touch on the subject but to actually explore it from the eyes of a young child. It breaks my heart knowing that this happens out there in the real world but it’s soooo important that people don’t shy away from the subject but it is a huge part of our reality and putting our heads in the sand won’t solve the problem!

    Lovely review, Celine! I am sorry you weren’t able to enjoy this more though 🙁
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    • Celine says:

      haha, thank you Rashika <33

      And yes, I completely agree with you on that. It's just such an important topic and it's been ignored for so long - like people are hoping the problem will just go away if they pretend it doesn't exist. This book forces you to look at it and I think that's just extremely important, especially considering that for many young girls, this is reality.

      thank you <3

  13. Benish says:

    I’ve heard many great things about this novel, I’m glad you liked it as well<3 Lovely review 🙂
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  14. Believe it or not, I actually understand why you didn’t feel as connected here. I loved the book and had my hearstrings pulled, but I can understand why someone wouldn’t feel the same way as the narration style was indeed… different. But either way, you’re right, this is an important book because it talks about a subject many people shy away from. We all know it’s rampant, we all know it’s the reality, but so many don’t really care because the probleme is so far from them. Hopefully, a “first-hand” fictional account that no doubt mirror thousands of others will make them realize just how grave this actually is!
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  15. Alreem says:

    sound like a great book 🙂 glad you enjoyed it …
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  16. I have gone back and forth on reading this book. i know i will have a hard time reading it but i know its an important issue to address. I see you felt much of the same. I am still very undecided.
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  17. I feel you, Celine! I had exactly the same problem as well – while I think it’s a very important topic to write about and SHOULD be written about – I just didn’t really feel any emotion towards the characters, which made me utterly awful, because I’m SUPPOSED TO! I just kinda went away after finishing it, feeling like a heartless bitch :/ So it’s really good to see someone else felt the same as me with this one, Celine! :))) Wonderful review!
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  18. Shannelle C. says:

    It sounds really dark, and I’m scared to pick it up, but I feel like I should. It’s a topic that should be discussed more of, and I should be a bit more aware of such an issue.
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