A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer #1)

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Sad... but...

Reader reviewed by Nic

Dave Pelzer's memoir of childhood abuse will certainly cause tears and disbelief in all but the most hard-hearted reader... unless they've heard the comments from his family members and acquaintances that cast a shadow of doubt on the whole situation. If it's all true, this book is a story of horrific child abuse carried out by a cold, cruel, emotionally disturbed mother on an innocent young boy; his tales of her tortures and sick "games" are gut-wrenching. The writing itself is sub-genius and cliched, but makes for easy reading. If you like being depressed, this is the book for you.

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A Child Called It

Reader reviewed by BooksObsession

This was one of the most depressing books that I have ever read. It's extremely sad and the end didn't seem to bring any hope to the poor boy's future. Since it's also based on a true story, it made it even more upsetting. The ways that the mother treated her son and punished him was almost unhuman! I found myself holding back tears, and other times wanting to just punch the book because I was so mad about something that had happened. I think that the book would've been much better if there was just a little bit more spark at the end to hint to some hope.

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hard to read

Reader reviewed by Beth

I didnt enjoy this book. It was way way way to sad. It was to hard to read. it made me want to cry when I was reading it. It would be a horrible ay to live. I would not recommend this book to anyone because it would probably make them cry. Very well written but not enough that i would want to read it again.

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thought provoking

Reader reviewed by Roxi

Although this books gets amazing reviews and you're forced to read it in 9th grade, I don't think its that amazing.  Mostly because it is so horrific and out there its hard to comprehend this is real and possible, and youre not just reading a gory horror story. Only the strong of stomach can read this, other wise you just end up gettig thoroughly depressed and even pyhsically sick for no reason.  reader beware.

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dont even try to make me stop crying!

Reader reviewed by chick box

this book totally messed up my emotions! its about a boy and the abuse that he goes through by his alcacolic mother. all the pain this mom can do to a poor innocent boy just makes me sick. yet it did teach me to be grateful for what i have and for the wonderful parents i have.

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A Story of Child's Abused Life

Reader reviewed by Ritz

Dave, a child with an adused childhood. Dave's mother had abused him. Throughout his childhood his mother had done this. But what he had dont wrong he does not know. When he was younger he was not abused. And after that he was. When he was abused his brothers and sisters weren't abused. Why his mother abused him he did not know. It is a book thatwill put you in tears as you read along.

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not exceptable

Reader reviewed by lizzie

this book is so sad i cried so many times. but the worst thing is the way he was treated. anyone who has any sense could never do this to a child let alone a human being i felt so bad for him. i usually only read romantic novels but this one made me tuck inside my blankets and read read read. this is a nother must read.

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Fighting Back

Reader reviewed by Jocey

A Child Called It was one of the most heartbreaking yet inspiring books I have read in my life. It recounts the abusive childhood that Dave Pelzer endured in California from Dave Pelzer himself. Years later, it was determined that Daves case was one of the most gruesome child abuse cases in all of California in that time period. Although it is a shorter book, it does not for one minute seem quick. Every chapter is a new aspect of his life and how he managed to overcome so many obstacles. It is written directly from the heart, so every emotion that he feels during the book inspires the same feelings inside of you. The long and terrible sufferings that David survived from his psycho mother and ignorant brothers is horrifying. Half of the tortures that he survived seemed superhuman to me, it was unbelievable how he somehow managed to have hope and fight back against his enemy. There were several instances while reading the book where I had to remind myself that it is not fictional, that these sad memories are true and real. What was even more disturbing is the fact that children are still abused all over the U.S and world today. Hearing the first hand account of a survivor is an eye-opener to what our society is trying to battle. I never realized before this book what kinds of nightmares exist out there in our world. I now not only feel informed on the matter, but inspired to help others.

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