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.
This was a brutal little piece of literature. Painful because of Michelle’s fractured innocence and steadfast naivety and the horrible circumstances of child prostitution. I have never read a novel so quickly out of fear that if I put it down I would likely never pick it up again. You want to turn away from these girls, their pills and the way they sell their bodies but then Michelle speaks to you in that sweet lost voice and you force your eyes back to the shambles of her life. This is not a novel for those faint of heart, it was as disturbing as it was moving and the author does not seek to shock you as much as provoke a reaction from you. There is no way to read this novel without pausing to take a breath and compose yourself.
Despite this the novel is fascinating in its depiction of child prostitution, simple but no less in depth. Michelle views things with a rose coloured haze surprising for someone with her life experience and this allows for the reader to read between the lines without Michelle having to explicitly tell us what’s going on. Honestly, I would highly recommend reading this novel despite the heavy topic because it’s short but meaningful and allows for a terrifying glimpse into the world of child prostitution.