A riveting and powerful story of a runaway girl lured into prostitution in New York City, perfect for fans of Ellen Hopkins and Patricia McCormick.
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 who he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution, where he becomes her "Daddy" and she is 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.
Based on accounts from two young women lured into prostitution, Kern's (No Way Out) disturbing novel opens in a Brooklyn hospital where 14-year-old Michelle is being interviewed by a social worker while recovering from serious injuries. Subsequent chapters flash back to Michelle's childhood and the tumultuous months that brought her to the hospital. Running away from her drug-addicted mother and her lecherous boyfriend, Michelle travels to New York City with little money and vague plans to meet up with a friend who fled there herself. Lost, hungry, and exhausted, Michelle is approached by a stranger named Devon, who entices her to live with him and two other girls, one of whom is only 12. He promises to care for her and become family, but in return she has to prostitute herself. Drugged and motivated by an intense desire for stability and love, Michelle follows orders until the violence escalates. A grim and unsettling portrait of girls who become trapped by thinking they are out of options. Ages 14 up.
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