Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: A Child Called "It" by David Pelzer

A Child Called "It"
Cover Source: GoodReads.com
Title: A Child Called "It"
Author: David Pelzer
Series: David Pelzer #1
Version Reviewed: Finished Copy, Paperback
Website:  www.davepelzer.com

GoodReads Summary:
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.
A Child Called "It" is one of those books that I have been dying to read for quite some time. About ten years actually, since I first heard about it in Middle School. I finally got my chance.
This book is absolutely heart breaking. It's one of that makes you remember your own childhood in a different light. I was so angry whil reading this boook that I almost wanted to stop reading it. But there was no way I couldnot finish it. The more I read, the angrier and more heartbroken I became. What this man had to go through and deal with at such a young age, at home AND at school, is unbelievable. I can't imagine surviving the things he lived through as a woman, much less as a child.

I finished this book while on my lunch break at work and had to explain to my co-workers why I had tears in my eyes. I vowed, with the last turn of that page, that I would never read this book again. Not because it was bad, but because it was so good. 

Favorite Character: David.
Rating: 5 Stars.
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*This book was borrowed from a friend.

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