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Little Peach

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Little Peach

Peggy Kern's LITTLE PEACH follows the heartbreaking story of 14-year-old Michelle as she navigates her new life on her own, far away from the little family she has left. On her journey from the hoods of Philadelphia to the ruthless streets of New York City, she finds herself thrust into a frightening world of prostitution, drugs, gangs and confusion. She doesn't know who to trust, who to fear or who to love.

Fortunately, she meets two other girls in her same situation: Kat, who cares a lot more than she lets on at first, and Baby, the childlike 12-year-old whose situation may be the most heartbreaking of all. The three girls live happily with their "Daddy," who, aside from pimping them out at night, of course, treats them with utmost respect. But one day, his adoration stops cold in its tracks and he does something terrible to one of the girls. Now Michelle knows that she has to act --- and fast. But how can she stand up for her new friends without getting brutally hurt herself?

The character development was impeccable, and, aside from the vivid storytelling, probably the best aspect of the novel. 

Overall, this book was beautifully written and rife with symbolism. It was gripping, and I could feel myself connecting with Michelle and her friends throughout the story. The character development was impeccable, and, aside from the vivid storytelling, probably the best aspect of the novel. However, I also thought the story was extremely predictable, and the ending was entirely too rushed. There were too many unanswered questions, and the conclusion seemed more like the ending of a chapter than the ending of a novel.

Nevertheless, this book is still a worthwhile read if you're looking for a quick way to pass the time. I just hope that Peggy Kern writes a sequel; otherwise, this book just is just a fragment of what could have been an exquisite work of art. 

Reviewed by Cheritta J., Teen Board member on March 31, 2015

Little Peach
by Peggy Kern