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A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
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Jan 23, 10

Read in January, 2010

This book was in the top 3 worst books I've ever read. Having worked with "at-risk" children and teens, I once picked it up at the store and found it repulsively graphic, seeming to sell itself based on gratuitous scenes of first-hand abuse. Then it was given to me as a gift, and I read it because it was a fast read, made faster by the fact that I couldn't bring myself to brood over page after page of a child being tortured by his mother. If this man's experience is accurately depicted, I applaud him for coming out of it to be a functional parent himself. Something, however, doesn't ring true about it. Maybe that's only because the writing is some of the worst, cliched stuff I've ever seen in print. Maybe it's because after reading it, I did a little online research which showed that the author has been less than honest about other things, such as his claim that it was a Pulitzer-prize nominee. Yes, there are abusive parents out there, and the author may have been victim to one, but something about this book is too calculating. It is not quality writing, and is not worth the time it takes to read it, unless you get your kicks from hearing details of child torture.
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message 1: by John (new)

John I will definitely steer clear of it.


message 2: by CeJayCe (last edited Apr 07, 2010 03:04PM) (new)

CeJayCe I did read an article in the New York Times about the author. He's a massive pusher of his own books, apparently, but tries really hard to be humble about it. From what I've read in the article, including excerts from the book itself, the books hardly true. I mean, he's able to recall 13 pages worth of a knife wound, but he can't remember what his own mother looked like? Something's not right about that. One of his brothers said that the whole thing was complete bull. And after that Dave claimed his brother was semi-retarded. Check out "Dysfunction For Dollars" at the New York Times website for the full article.


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