ARC Book Review – Peach by Emma Glass

Author: Emma Glass
Publish Date: January 23, 2018
# of Pages: 112
Rating: ⭐️
(**Warning: Possible spoilers!**)


(From Goodreads) 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.

In this astonishing debut, Emma Glass articulates the unspeakable with breathtaking verve. Intensely physical, with rhythmic, visceral prose, Peach marks the arrival of a visionary new voice.


Peach follows the life of Peach, a girl who was brutally raped, as she tries to return to her normal life.

I very rarely give books 1-star reviews, but I couldn’t justify ranking this novella any higher. It left me scratching my head, wondering what I had just read. The writing style felt better suited to a long poem, not a novella. The flow was strange, and the prose even stranger.

I liked the overall concept. Rape is a tough subject, and I applaud anyone who tries to cover it. Kudos to the author for that. The execution was confusing though. I understand that there was a lot of symbolism in the book, but I was so caught up in the absurdity that I had hard time digging into the details of the symbols themselves. Peach was raped by a giant sausage, kills the sausage, and then eats him–wait what? Not to mention, her baby sibling sheds sugar, and her boyfriend is part tree? Parts of the book felt like a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland, which sounds cool, but I couldn’t get into it.

If you enjoy unraveling webs of symbolism, give this novella a chance. It wasn’t for me, but I’m sure there are those who appreciate this style of writing. This book will be released on January 23, 2018, if you’re interested.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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