A Child Called It
Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games – games that left one of her three sons nearly dead. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an ‘it’. His bed was an old... show more
Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games – games that left one of her three sons nearly dead. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an ‘it’. His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and smelly, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog’s bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting an inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive. ‘Dave Pelzer conveys brilliantly how his own determination allowed him to keep alive his dream of one day find a family who would be proud to call him their son. Truly touching, and emotionally shocking. A marvel’ Best
Publish date: August 1st 2009
Pages no: 168
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
, True Story
Series: Dave Pelzer (#1)
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,...
I read this book in middle school and since then I don't think I've read another book that has completely broken my heart quite like this one.