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The Privilege of Youth (Dave Pelzer #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,331 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
The #1 New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author who is a shining example of what overcoming adversity really means now shares the final stage of his uplifting journey that has touched the lives of millions.

From A Child Called "It" to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer's inspirational books have helped countless others triump
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 5th 2004 by Dutton Adult (first published 2004)
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Mrs Johnnie Tate
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Young Adult and Adult
Started this book without reading the preceeding ones. Paused one page in and considered if this book would be to difficult or arouse to many memories within myself. Taking a deep breath I read on - and oh so glad I did!
Pelzer was able to communicate the difficult aquardness of teenage-hood, the desparation to be accepted. Once finished the book I cheered that he'd manage to find in his teens what took me well into my 30's to establish.
Is he a pulizer prize author? I think not. He IS an autho
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya-sendiri
Dave Pelzer yang merupakan pemeran utama sekaligus pengarang buku ini, menceritakan sendiri bagaimana perjalan hidupnya untuk diterima dilingkungan-lingkungan barunya.

Ya, dia seorang anak asuh yang harus pindah dari satu rumah ke rumah lain. Bagaimana dia mempertahankan diri untuk tidak terikat ke satu keluarga dan berusaha menyesuaikan diri di lingkungan barunya adalah topik utama dalam ceritanya ini.

Pesan-pesan atau petuah yang disampaikan oleh orang-orang yang lambat laun menerima Dave di se
Kathy Hiester
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great encouraging story about a young man who triumphs ove life difficulties. This book will provide you with the feeling that all things are possible and that no matter what is going on in your life, someone else has it tougher, and someone else has survived worse. In this case it is Dave who has survived worst things than most people. It inspires you because he talks about his struggles and that no matter how hard life gets for him, he will be successful. He truly proves that if ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after "The Lost Boy" so as to read the story of Dave Pelzer's life in a more chronological order. I enjoyed hearing about the true friendships he made as a teenager after having such a rough start in life and always feeling like he wasn't good enough. I enjoyed hearing about his wife and son. Of course the book was heartbreaking as well, but I don't like to give spoilers, so be prepared for some sadness amidst all the teenage shenannigans. I'm really glad that I picked up "A Chi ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is educational to those in the educational and social work field, its helps a teacher or social worker to understand how a youth may act on order to get acceptance from his peers. It also helps from the standpoint of how a child feels when being bullied at school.
I find all of Dave Pelzer's book to be inspirational. This child endured so much more than any child should ever have to and then instead of breaking, had made such an impact on many people around the world. Dave Pelzer is def
Conner Holtrust
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a powerful book!!! Love these books!
Nikki Ruffino
Wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be with this one. It seemed like a lot of the same stuff repeated from the prior two books.
Courtney M.
David Pelzer has experienced a truly extraordinary life. He nearly died several times by the hands of his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother.Years later, it was found that his case of child abuse was one of the most gruesome and extreme case that has ever taken place in California. This book, The Privilege of Youth , was not about his abusive childhood years, but about him trying to relive the years he lost while trying to become an adult.

I gave this book a rating of three stars. In some parts
Kelsey D
The author Dave Pelzer went through a tough childhood with his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother abusing him. Later it was found out to be one of the worst cases of child abuse in the state of California. But this book was mostly about him growing up in out of foster homes and trying to fit in like a normal high school student. Some people would say he lived a truly extraordinary life and now sharing his inspirational stories with the world in his books like The Privlage Youth.

Throughout the b
Imani Vellon
Dave Pelzer writes as a man about his experiences in Foster care, and about the struggles he had to face while growing up in his shoes. The purpose of the book was no secret. He wants to change the world and as an adult he is doing everything in his power to make sure child abuse stops. The way the book is formatted wasn't the best with the topic being so mature. I expected the word choice to be more advanced. The sentences are short and clear there is not much of an underlying theme or a story ...more
May 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that is looking to learn about abuse and how to handle it. I would the other 3 in his series.
I am currently reading The Privilage Of Youth by Dave Pelzer.

The Privilage Of Youth
Dave Pelzer
230 pages

From A Child Called "It" to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer's inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth, he shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; bu
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ini buku ke empatnya Dave Pelzer :)

Waktu di buku 3 kan memang sudah berakhir, dan di buku 4 ini flashback ke masa2 Dave berusia 17tahunan.

Sekali lagi sosok muda Dave buat aku kagum.
walau dia termasuk pemuda yang 'nakal' tapi semangat mandiri nya bikin aku seneng.

dia menyukai tantangan, dia menyukai kebebasan. dan keluarga asuhnya pun menyayangi dia.

dia juga mempunyai teman-teman yang kompak yang selalu bersamanya
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was OK. It sounded like the author just threw it together while he was on the road and doing other things. Almost like it was obligatory. The only sections that were truly exciting were those where he described his daredevil stunts in slow-motion. There were a few of these, and that is where this author shines.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read any of Dave Pelzers books, you will want to read them all. You will feel attached to him immediately and have to know what became of him. This book answers more questions. Read the books in order.
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've read "A Child Called 'It'", "The Lost Boy", and "A Man Named Dave" but you have yet to read this one I encourage you to do so.
Lisa Stanzyk
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
we get to know him as a teenager and of all the stuff that happened to him them
Jamie Brooks
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel that I now know everything there is to know about Dave Pelzer's life. I have read every book he has ever written and I find all of them equally as fascinating.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shocking and confronting as are all his books. However, you can't help but feel happy after reading it.
Allyson Maclay
It was really enjoyable to see how a few people can really change the way someone views life
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book...I have read all Dave Pelzers books and liked them all. Thought it was nice to see so many follow ups with A Child Called IT. To see the effects on a life from that kind of abuse.
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Pelzer’s memoir of life in the neighborhood where he spent his teenage years. There are the usual antics he and his friends get into and there are some great people to get to know in the land of adults.

What sets this apart is Pelzer’s position as a foster kid, coming out of a series of foster homes after being taken from his abusive mother. It’s great because he’s so normal for a teenage kid. Or, at least, he wants to be. Nobody’s actually “normal.”

At the beginning and in every bit of
Michelle Wong
Have you ever faced hunger when there is food in the refrigerator? Loneliness when you even have a family? Or even homeless when you do have a home? Well Dave Pelzer had faced through that horrible, unpleasant moments every single day he woke up in the garage with the newspaper twisted in his body because he did not have a blanket. Because his dramatic and diavolic mother considered Dave no longer as a son, but as an slave, an object, an nothing. Dave had lived in a large amount foster care home ...more
Aimee O'Donnell
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel I chose for this quarter is, "The Privilege of Youth", by Dave Pelzer. This is based off of a true story and an experience that Dave went through as a young child. The purpose of this story was to inform the readers about his horrific childhood, and what it was like to be beaten so young and horribly by his own mother. Not only does he tell the story from his past childhood, but he also explains where he ended up after he was saved and where he is now. Dave wanted to let everyone know ...more
I think that Dave Pelzer’s purpose of writing this book was to inform teenagers on someone else’s view of life. In the book Pelzer describes the life of a teenager who has gone from foster home to foster home. The teen in the book has had some hard times and a very different life than most teens. I think that Pelzer wanted the reader to see a different outlook on life, and he accomplished that.

I think that the theme of this book is that life will get better at some point, that once you hit rock
Dani Sakach
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The non-fiction novel, "The Privilege of Youth :A Teenager's Story" by Dave Pelezer was definitely written to inform and to entertain. He is telling the story of his childhood abuse and neglect, then talking about how it effects his still to this day. He often times refers back to his childhood through the story. He has written four books on the sugject of his abuse now, and certainly knows how to cut derectly to the core. In his books, he talks about not only overcoming the obsticles of his pas ...more
For my book report, I read the book called The Privilege of Youth by Dave Pelzer, the same author that wrote A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy. This book is a continuation of his other books in the series where he talks about his life, and how complicated it was for him as a kid. This book talks about his life as he is growing up into being an adult, and the struggles he had to face, like bullies. The purpose of this book is to explain the difficulties he went through in his life, and to prov ...more
Rose - ISB
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have read "A Child Called It" which is mostly about Dave being abused by his biological mother when he was at a young age, this book is a continuation of his story of him in his teenage years going through things a teenager would normally go through. For example bullying, looking for acceptance, having relationships with the opposite sex, making money, college, goofing off with friends, etc. In this book, Dave also talks about his experience of finally finding a place where he truly felt ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still living in foster homes, being bullied at school and trying to put his tortured past behind him, teen-aged Dave Pelzer suddenly finds himself living in a neighborhood that will come to mean 'home' to him in so many ways. Dave meets and befriends 2 boys, David and Paul, and the 3 share many typical boyhood adventures some of which are just plain dangerous. Although Dave loves his 2 new best friends it is the adult males in the neighborhood that Dave clings to. Never really getting to know hi ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book " The privilege of Youth" was a very sad story. Especially because it is based on a true story. I chose this book because I have read his other books " A child called it" and " A man named Dave." It is very sad how a mother can treat her son so wrong. Parents that treat there children that way shouls not have become a parent. In this book "Dave" is a teenager. The plot is about a teenager named Dve who is a fodter child. He moves a lot from foster home to foster home and doesnt really h ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Pelzer’s purpose of writing this book was to let teens know about the life of someone else. In the book he tells the life of a teenager who has changed foster homes many times. The teen in the book has had hard times and a different life than most teens; I think that he wanted to show a different outlook on life.

I think the theme of this book is that life can get better at some point once you hit the lowest level the only place you can go is up. Pelzer had a hard life. He describes the firs
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An author best known for his 1995 memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called It.

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.


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Dave Pelzer (4 books)
  • A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)
  • The Lost Boy (Dave Pelzer #2)
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