Dave was no longer considered a son, or a boy, but an 'it'. His bed was an old army cot in the basement and when he was allowed food it was scraps from the dog ...more
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I have very mixed feelings for this book. No doubt, this book indeed helped in enhancing my knowledge and understanding of child abuse victims, but it arose several questions ...more
This is truly a story of bravery beyond imagination. It is hard to imagine a child going through thi ...more
I cried my eyeballs out. Gut wrenching, heart wrenching and in the end, sweet triumph that still makes you cry. Since reading these 3 books there has never been any other series or single book that has made me cry as much as.
I often ponder about rereading these, but I can't bear the thought of the emotional tsunami that it would erupt.
'A Child Called It', the first book in the series, is stomach churning and absolutely horrif ...more
My heart goes out to the young David and I can’t im ...more
While reading this, I found it difficult to read continuously and just had to take a break just to escape the rawness of Dave's storytelling. I liked the breaks in the tales to represent the transition of growing up. As I finished the book, I am so...more
But this is for another reason.
I have no doubt that some of the things reported by the memoirist actually happened, but the focus on the first book is the torture, and the focus on the subsequent two books in this anthology is also the childhood torture even though the focus should be on the life he was living at the time as an adult.
Pelzer is a very savvy businessman and knows what sells. He also knows how to sell himself. H ...more
These books were hard to read emotional, but were written well. Full of description and fee ...more
While this isn't the regular type of book I read, I'm glad I did. While I may not run across a child in those circumstances to help, it makes me love and appreciate my son even more.
At the age of 12, Dave was removed from an abusive home and placed in a series of foster homes. In 1979, he joined the Air Force and later became an author of memoirs and self-improvement books.