Friday, 8 June 2012

Review: A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer


This is an extremely depressing book that deals with real life issues of child abuse and this is the biography of Dave Pelzer who writes about his childhood and the abuse he received from his mother. Pelzer is able to show the darkness of child abuse by recounting the abuse he went through. Pelzer grew up in an unstable home with his alcoholic mother, in California during the 70's. Through out his childhood Pelzer's aim is to survive his mother's abuse, to survive starvation and the physical beatings he receives.

I was shocked at the disturbing things that happened to this child, such as how his mother tied him to their oven and turned the elements on and off. The most disturbing part would have to be the realisation when you put down the book that this actually happened to a little boy, this is a true story. This is definitely life changing book that will remain with you and make you consider the abuse children go through daily all around the world.

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.

This is a hard book to rate or recommend since it is such a cold dose of reality of what occurs in extreme cases of child abuse. Other books about child abuse I would recommend for people who are interested in the issue would be:
~ Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Kristina Jones. 
~ Damaged by Cathy Glass

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