Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

Book Description:
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.
My Thoughts:
This story is heart-rending. It is well written and very concise, but the details will make you sick that ANYONE had to endure even part of them, much less ALL of it and more that just isn't told in this part of the story. This book is the first of a series of three that Dave uses to detail his life. It is a story of triumph in that Dave did NOT allow his life to make him become some hard hearted and brutal person. He decided that he survived to do more than just hurt others like he was hurt. He is a good motivational speaker and writer now. Knowing what he is doing now helps get through the book. It will have you in tears for the most of it. I give it a 4/5. It is worth the read, but expect to be very emotional over it.

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