A Child Called "It"
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 1st 1995
Pages no: 157
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
, True Story
Series: Dave Pelzer (#1)
This is a very difficult read, so if on-page child abuse is a trigger for you, proceed with caution. Some people seem to think the story's made up. I don't know, as I haven't hunted down any news articles or anything on this.
This is a really heart-wrenching story, but a fabulous read! Break out the tissues for this one!
I'm kind of conflicted on this story. Aside from some telling me it's true, and others telling me it isn't, the manner in which the mother treats Dave is a bit off. Being a survivor of child abuse myself, I know all about the random beatings, the "games", and the starvation methods. While my mother ...
So the mother went from being the best mother in the world to smashing his face against the mirror ,just like that ?We never find out why the sudden change .We never find out why David and not any of the others.Why did she hate David so much ?Why didn't the father do anything or anyone else for that...
I read this book years ago and it still haunts me. I can't remember all of the specifics, but some scenes are still vividly burned into my memory and my heart aches whenever I think about it. The fact that Dave has grown into a functional human being is a miracle and an inspiration to me personally,...