Title: Little Peach (2015)
Author: Peggy Kern
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Crime
Description: 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.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
Read the first lines…
You ask me to tell you the truth, but I’m not sure you’ll believe me, even though I’ve practically killed myself to find you.
“It’s okay,” you promise, and a small laugh slips out of me despite my broken teeth. You watch me, then smile softly and sit down at the edge of the hospital bed.
My eyes are so swollen, I can only see one piece of you at a time: your grayish-brown hair pulled back into a sloppy ponytail, your dark round eyes, your white coat with a plastic card slipped to the pocket. I can’t read your name, but I know it’s you. I remember your face. You gave me your card two days ago when I came into the emergency room with Kat.
Daniela Cespedes, CSW. You’re the one I came to find. You’re the one I’ve bet my life on.