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A Brother's Journey

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,719 Ratings  ·  219 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 12th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 5th 2000)
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Dec 18, 2007 Kewpie rated it it was ok
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.
Jen Donnelly
Oct 19, 2007 Jen Donnelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir, read2007
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.
Apr 09, 2010 MissSusie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Liza Fireman
May 25, 2016 Liza Fireman rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-from-shelf
This book is such a waste of time. I read it to get the brother's perspective of the situation and story in A Child Called "It", written by Dave Pelzer, the brother of the author.
Richard doesn't even talk about the abuse of David, he is very busy being angry at him, because he is now in the that position and he needs to face his mother. He was the tattle-taler before, and now he is angry because the victim has disappeared.
Richard seemed to repeat himself over and over. And his story is not that
Aug 06, 2009 Karla rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
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
Jun 17, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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.
Mar 11, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
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
Renee Watson

This story gives a heartbreaking personal look into child abuse during a time when no one stepped in to help. The ending w Aaron s disappointing though..I wanted to know the rest of the story(that's all I'm saying to prevent spoilers). I read all of his brother's(Dave Pelzer) accounts of what happened to him, and I was always curious about what happened to Dave's brothers when the was finally taken away,and this novel answered many of the questions for me; however, the needing
Vanessa Sanchez
Mar 13, 2015 Vanessa Sanchez rated it really liked it
I really did like this book. I don't read at all but this book opened up my eyes. I just have to find the right subject and I’ll click to it. I liked this book because Richard told us what he went through and he was so strong to write about it and publish it out to the world to read. Letting others know what you’ve been through in the past is very hard and also very emotional. He did very well on explaining hes feeling. The way he clarified his feelings it made me feel like I was there going thr ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
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
Jan 14, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2013 Anne Hawn Smith rated it liked it
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
Nov 04, 2009 Gwen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-read, memoir
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

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
Nov 13, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
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
Jul 22, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2007 Dayna rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2009 Lydia rated it liked it
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
Emily Whelchel
Aug 07, 2016 Emily Whelchel rated it really liked it
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The boys in the Pelzer family went through undeniable horrors. Seeing David's story through Richard's eyes was fascinating - and it was also interesting to see how Richard survived when he wasn't (unbelievably) removed from the home.

I'm currently going through foster care classes and reading Richard's perspective of abuse was enlightening for me. No, his reactions to his brother and his mother, etc, were not healthy - but that's the truth. Children who are enduring regular trauma, a
Nov 23, 2015 Apex157x rated it liked it
**Warning, some mild plot points or spoilers** I have read the David Pelzer trilogy, so it showed some of the same info but from the perspective of one of the other brothers. When compared with the other books, each enhanced the other. A fair look at the abuse many children suffer in this country, and the object of the book, to express his grief, guilt and shame at how he tormented his brother, (though at the time was a survival mechanism to redirect his mothers anger away from himself so he wou ...more
6 sound discs (72 min. each) Read by Scott Brick. A memoir from the brother of David J. Pelzer.
Summary "The story of how one little boy found the courage to survive years of physical abuse-- and how the human spirit can triumph over even the most severe of circumstances. The Pelzer family's secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer's inspiring New York Times bestseller, A Child Called "It," followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard
Isaac Khan
Sep 26, 2014 Isaac Khan rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2014 Shan rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 13, 2010 Shaylynn rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 19, 2011 Maggie Goodwin rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2010 Cathy Schnabel rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Aug 09, 2011 Ema rated it liked it
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.

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