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A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,766 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Mom has no one like David around to beat on anymore. I am more afraid of her than ever...I get in more trouble for anything I do or say. Now I find that I'm always in trouble and I don't know why. Now that David is gone, I'm afraid that she will try to kill me, like she tried to kill him. I'm afraid that she will treat me like an animal like she did him. I'm afraid that no...more
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Published January 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 5th 2000)
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MissSusie
If you've read A Child Called It you should read this book. It is told from the perspective of David's younger brother Richard who was his mother's "Little Nazi" when David was in the home and after David was taken away he became It.
The things that went on in this home just boggle the mind I hope that something like this would not be able to happen in this day and age, that they took one child away and left the rest in the “care” of this insane woman is just unfathomable.
This story will break yo...more
Kewpie
This might be a good suggestion for readers who can't get enough of Dave Pelzer's stories. This book retells the Child Called It story and continues afterwards. Richard Pelzer discusses witnessing the abuse of his brother and then having the abuse turned towards himself. The pace is slower and it is not as well written. It still offers an interesting perspective.
Sarah
Another view from Davids brother Richard on what went on in that abusive home with their mother/monster. A captivating story on childhood abuse that went on for years with more than one child involved. Sad but reminds people that reading such a story makes it real and instils in one to help stop this sort of parental abuse on their children whom they are supposed to protect. A very good read. Contination saga of this poor family.
Jen Donnelly
Dave's books were really good, and this just...wasn't. Richard seemed to repeat himself over and over. I hate that he went through so much, but I had pretty much heard all about it in Dave's books.
Karla
Richard B. Pelzer is the younger brother of David Pelzer, author of the incredibly inspirational story of survival detailed in his personal memoirs, beginning with "A Child Called It".

Richard's memoir is a must read for anyone who has been moved by the story of his brother David, as it provides an important point of view in this story of horrific abuse--that of a sibling who first participated in the family's abuse of David, and then after David was removed from his abuse environment, as the ne...more
Emily
This book is a sequel of a sort to A Child Called It A Child Called "It"  One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer. A Child Called It follows the true story of David Pelzer as he survives the abuse at the hands of his mentally ill, alcoholic mother. David is moved from his home at age 12. A Brother's Journey follows David's brother Richard. Richard becomes the new scapegoat for the mother's abusive rages after David is removed from the home. This story is particularly interesting because Richard offers a glimpse of the twisted role siblings can play in a...more
Jen
I couldn't help but notice some of the glaring contradictions to his brother's book. It seems to me as if this is a sort of 'hey, don't forget about me! I was abused too!' book. While he admits that his brother had it MUCH worse than he ever did, it seems to me that he wrote this in hopes of convincing others, and mainly himself, that he isn't a bad person for instigating and adding to the abuse of his brother. I don't know how I feel about him, but I certainly hate the mother even more now. I h...more
Debbie
This book was difficult to read, the writing was not the best, he could have used a good editor, I have some doubts as to the legitimacy, and at times I literally had to put the book down and take a few deep breaths for fear of being sick. Still, his details and descriptions are vague or underdeveloped at times, leaving the reader to wonder what is he talking about, what really happened, or what happened next? Richard frequently repeats himself, and at times I got the feeling that he was trying...more
Tracy
Richard is one of David's older brother's. Richard was used by their mother to get at oportunities to abuse her youngest even more. Richard and the other brother (as so unamed) did do much that they made sure Dave got blamed for as children, if for no other reason to protect themselves, this is the story through much of their childood with their mother. After David got removed by child services, Richard and the remaining son became the sole point of torture, neglect and abuse by their mother. Sh...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This is the book that David Pelzer's brother, Richard, wrote about his ordeal after David left home. When David was there, Richard functioned as Mother's Nazi." He tattled about every little thing Richard did and often lied to get him in trouble. Several years younger, his mother groomed him from the time he could talk.

After David left, Richard became the outcast and as he became more and more abused, he felt terrible about the part he played in his brother's life. Eventually, he became "The boy...more
Gwen
A Brother's Journey is a sequel-esque book, following up in an abusive household that A Child Called It (David) was able to escape when he was 12. The book is told from the younger brother's viewpoint: how he treated his older brother and what happened after his brother left. This book was not as visually/emotionally engaging for me as A Child Called IT. When I read that book I ached in knowing what type of horrible child abuse happened within the household of an alcoholic, possible mental illne...more
LindyLouMac
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This book tells more about the abuse suffered by the Pelzer boys at the hands of their Mother. This time the tale is told by David’s younger brother Richard. It once again horrified me that their mother was able to act, unstopped by the authorities in such a drunken, violent and mentally unstable manner. Especially as it sounds from what Richard has to say that they lived in a respectable suburb of San Francisco and the neighbours were well aware of what w...more
Kim
After reading A Child Called It, I thought it couldn't get any worse. I was wrong. The Pelzer's mother continues her torture and abuse upon her son Richard once David is removed from the home. The abuse is often different than what David suffered, but horrific nonetheless. Some details may be difficult to read for some. Similar to A Child Called It, you see how Richard developed coping mechanisms to live under the torture his mother inflicted upon him. The book is written with the insight Mr. Pe...more
Michelle
Amazing,the will to survive these children had. Richard B. Pelzer is the younger brother of David, who wrote, " A child named it", "Lost Boy" and a "Man Name Dave." Richard went from the position in the family of their mothers little partner in crime taunting " IT" ( David) to "IT" himself after David was finally removed by Social Services after years of hanis abuse was endured. Richard became the focus of her attacts as a result of untreated mental illness and alchol abuse. Although three other...more
Dayna
There was some controversy about David's account - some siblings said that he had exaggerated and was lying in order to get attention and make a career out of his suffering. This book confirms David's story, as his brother saw events the same way. David was abused by his mother and also by his other siblings.

This book also shows how people in similar situations can have very different views on life. David doesn't believe in God. He believes that God never helped out of his abuse (it was David's...more
Lydia
These books about life in the Pelzer household are difficult to read. It is hard to imagine the type of abuse that went on. Having read Dave Pelzer's books, I found it that much more interesting to read Richard's explanation of why he treated his brother the way he did--and the guilt and struggles he had when David left and his mother began to abuse him instead. I "remembered" a lot of the incidents in this book..some from Dave's point of view, but I also think I may have read this one when it c...more
Isaac
I chose this book because I’ve read the other books by the authors brother, Dave Pelzer and I liked his books so wondered if he made any other books so I looked and his brother made this book so I figured it would be good to so that is how I found this book, so no one recommended this book to me. It was an awesome and amazing book that I think everyone should.

I think the author wrote this book to let people know how lucky they have it and it shows that some people don't have everything that ot...more
Shan
Richard is the brother to David Pelzer, author of A Child Called It. Richard was once his mom's "little nazi" who would help punish David, when David was It. But when David eventually gets away from home (and into foster care) the wrath of Mother turned to Richard. What a cycle, huh?

I enjoyed this book about as much as I enjoyed A Child Called It. Even though Richard was severely beaten, I still believe that David had it worse. David was severely beaten AND starved AND didn't have a bed to sleep...more
Laura
Written by the brother of Dave Pelzer, Richard tells the story of his betrayal to his brother by becoming a "Little Nazi" often making up lies to his mother so that David would get more beatings. Though this was a matter of survival in a house full of unspeakable abuse, Richard has never truly forgiven himself. Once David was removed, Richard became the prime candidate to receive regular beatings, believing it was punishment for his treatment of David. This is a very personal book.
Shaylynn
A Child Named It was a huge book during my high school years, I never read it but I came across this book. Oh it crushed me, it tells the story of David's brother. I won't go into too much detail. It left me with a huge desire to change the world, and want to go out and find any child who is suffering abuse by a parent. 5 Stars for the fact that this made lived to tell his tale, and find some way to find a way to move on.
Maggie Goodwin
As daft as it sounds, it took me a long time to actually read this book, after reading the Boy called it collection I was so angry I couldn't bring myself to read his brothers book. However I'm glad I did, I think you forget sometimes what it's like to be a child & the things we see as so obviously wrong now, seem so different when you're a child.
Cathy Schnabel
This book is very difficult to ready. It is an amazing story of survival in the most horrid of circumstances. I recommend anyone who works with children, should read this book. I would especially recommend this for teachers and law enforcement officials. It just helps all of us to be aware of circumstances and the need to stand up for children.
Kelly
Not as well written as his brother's memoir A Child Called It, but for those who liked A Child Called It, you should read this one as well. I know that some think Richard capitalized on his brother David's success with A Child Called It, but Richard's story is worth reading. I'm amazed at the popularity of these books with teen readers.
Ema
After reading A Child Called It, I had lots of questions that went unanswered. While Pelzer's story isn't as horrific as his brothers, he provides insight into his mother's mind better than David did. It was like a continuation of where David left off, showing how the "little Nazi" became his mother's next victim.

Mick
Not as good... It was good. I guess not as gripping as 'a child called it.' It was neat as a sort of further story of the family. Like his brother's books, they end suddenly and leave most of your questions unanswered, but since it's a story of real life, I guess that's how life is sometimes.
steph
I read the "Child Called It" series probably back in high school and felt so sorry for young David but so glad he was out of that abusive household by age 12. This book is written by his younger brother, who became the replacement for abuse after David was taken away by the state. It's pretty awful, not AS AWFUL as David's story but in another way just as bad because no one came and saved Richard. He continued to live in that house with his psycho of a mother and that tears my heart out.
Maggie Ingles
The book, “A Brother’s Journey” by Richard B. Pelzer was written to inform readers of the reality of child abuse. This book is written in narration form. Richard describes in detail the extreme abuse that he suffers from his mother. In the beginning of the book, Richard’s brother David is the object of their mother’s abuse. The most chilling line in the book describes Richard being afraid to even look at David because Richard knew how easily he could be the abused. After David is taken away, Ric...more
Elizabeth
A Brother’s Journey is a true account told from Richard’s point of view. I believe he wrote this book so that other victims of child abuse don’t have to feel so alone, and so that those of us who have not been abused can be made aware.
In the beginning of the book Richard is still his mother’s darling. He helps get his brother David, known as “IT” in trouble. Sometimes Richard looks at David in fear knowing that he could easily be in David’s place. What makes this sadder is that Richard is only...more
Pamela ☼where's my aspirin☼ Tee
A BROTHER'S JOURNEY is a memoir. A cathartic work for the author, and I certainly pray that it helps him heal, for what he describes is a nightmare... a thing of pure evil. I found it difficult to read.

The best part of the book for me was his insight into the motivations of outsiders, and his own mother. Mr. Pelzer also allowed me to understand the sort of Stockholm mentality that plays out amongst children that are in an abusive situation. And I'd also like to think that I'm more eyes-open for...more
Stormi
I read this book after reading the trilogy of "A Child Called It" by this brother, David Pelzer. This book is as graphic and heart wrenching as his brothers but also make the reader feel more. Although I cannot understand why he said publicly that his brother exaggerated his abuse but then turns to write this...maybe he had a hard time facing the truth?

What I do not understand is his brother was so badly abused, why the Hell weren't ALL his siblings taken and mother placed in jail or at the ver...more
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