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. This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
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 named Devon, her new “daddy”, he promises to protect her and give her a new family: two girls named Kat and Baby.
“I got you, all right? I’m gonna take care of you, ‘Chelle. I swear.”
Michelle accepts her new family and new life and believes this is the best for her. I mean, it’s better than being at home with a drug addict for a mother and her creepy boyfriend. Right?
Michelle’s voice is broken and so heartbreaking as her narration flips from explaining how she ended up with Devon and then the chapters told from the hospital while she’s with the social worker who was assigned to her. There’s even a sort detachment as Michelle retells all the horrible things that happened that led to her becoming Little Peach.
Unfortunately Little Peach is an honest story, with no answers or happy endings, and this type of thing does happen in real like and this book needs to be read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about this topic, and if you liked Living Dead Girl or If You Find Me I suggest you pick this one up.