ARC Review: Peach by Emma Glass

Release Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: ebook
Pages:  112 pages
Genre: Fiction
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Something has happened to Peach. Staggering around the town streets in the aftermath of an assault, Peach feels a trickle of blood down her legs, a lingering smell of her anonymous attacker on her skin. It hurts to walk, but she manages to make her way to her home, where she stumbles into another oddly nightmarish reality: Her parents can't seem to comprehend that anything has happened to their daughter.

The next morning, Peach tries to return to the routines of her ordinary life, going to classes, spending time with her boyfriend, Green, trying to find comfort in the thought of her upcoming departure for college. And yet, as Peach struggles through the next few days, she is stalked by the memories of her unacknowledged trauma. Sleeping is hard when she is haunted by the glimpses of that stranger's gaping mouth. Working is hard when her assailant's rancid smell still fills her nostrils. Eating is impossible when her stomach is swollen tight as a drum. Though she tries to close her eyes to what has happened, Peach at last begins to understand the drastic, gruesome action she must take.


The synopsis of this book is much better than the actual book.  Filled with surreal and disjointed prose this is like a runaway poem that wasn't quite sure of its direction. I spent half of the book trying to figure out what the hell I was reading and why.

Babies made of Jelly, teachers made from pudding, the world has people who don't have skin, and Peach is stumbling through the dark trying to recover from what I'm assuming was a rape, although the description was difficult to figure out. Her parents are very odd and the whole book just left me wanting to shower and wash my brain.

There are graphic scenes that may turn a lot of people away (I'm not that squeamish) but I was left confused and not grasping the praise this book has received.  I may be in the minority but I found this book to be truly terrible. There are so many other books out there about rape and the turmoil and trauma it causes that this was just not a necessary read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. 

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