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5 Stars Out Of 5
October 31, 2010
Child abuse is no stranger in the United States of America. A Child Called "It" is an autobiography and the first of a trilogy. It is the inspirational story written by Dave Pelzer. "Surviving a childhood of not only severe abuse by his mother, but the apparent apathy to his plight by his father, Pelzer suffered one of the most severe documented cases of child abuse in California history." This information was found in the Wikipedia. As a child Mr. Pelzer was forced to eat his own vomit, breath ammonia, starve, and undergo many torturous physiological games which his mother invented. This abuse came to an end in 1973 when Dave finally entered foster care. His school nurse had finally had enough. The boy called "It" would come to class wearing rags, steal other children's food, (due to starvation) and show case bruises all over his body. The nurse had been documenting Dave's condition for a while and when she discovered a stab wound on his chest, she finally knew that she had enough evidence to call the proper authorities and help set Dave free from his prison called home. The emotions I experienced while reading this book would compare to the ones that non readers get when they are watching a scary movie while at the same time covering parts of their eyes with their hands allowing themselves to peek between their fingers. It's scary to comprehend but intriguing enough that the individual must know what happens next.
What a shocker, David should have gotten help for what his mother did to him, as for his mother, she shoulda went to a couselor and mapped out the real reason why she was having so much trouble. The starvation stuff really got to me because I had a friend in North Korea who died from forced malnutrition. One of the reasons why I keep my weight to a good angle.
This was a book that made you cry a lot and to be thankful that you could not relate to it in any form. I know it is a true account of this precious life but at the same time I am so sorry that any child would have to endure such abuse. I wish that there would be more people that would step in and help these children, no one should have to go through what this child did and he was and still is so brave.
This is a book that all chrisians should read on their path with God. I would recamend this book to all those who think that their life is bad. The people that i told to read this book changed their lives forever. When you are done with this one, there are two more that will take your breath away.
Get your tissue box ready! This book is very emotional. Dave's mother (if you can call her that) should have gotten the death penalty for what she did to Dave. This book shows how you can beat the odds, no matter what your life has been like. Dave survived what most people would not have been able to survive. The book is very easy reading and you could read it in a day. I also recommend reading his next two books, "The Lost Boy" and " A Man Named Dave". Dave is an amazing person.