Little Peach - Peggy Kern

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, she doesn't gloss over the terrible things Michelle has to face. Kern writes about it in a way that shows us the reality of Michelle's situation. The hardest thing to handle is that Michelle's world is one many, many girls live in. The ending is open-ended, because this story is based on a very real issue that has no easy answers. Bottom line is that the book has a heavy subject matter. If you can't handle that, you probably shouldn't read this.


The second thing is that Little Peach is brilliant, quality-wise. If you can get past the subject matter, you'll find a multi-faceted protagonist with a raw and honest voice, good writing and a book that enlightens the readers on a very real issue.


Little Peach isn't a book that is enjoyable. It's fascinating, horrifying and a book that should be read, if only to open your eyes to the horrors of child prostitution. But I can see the subject matter making some people uncomfortable.


Based on that information, I'll let you decide whether you want to read it or not.