One of the greatest most inspiring books I read this year was A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. It really opened up my eyes to the reality that not everyone is as fortunate as me to have parents like mine. It made me appreciate many things more being invited into a world where an innocent child was deprived of many of the little things I take for granted everyday. In this autobiography Dave Pelzer describes his life growing up with an alcoholic mother. He goes from being a normal little boy to being harshly beaten and starved. While his brothers get to live their lives as normal kids Dave is stuck washing dishes, cleaning and living in the garage. He doesnt understand what he did to make his mother not love him anymore. He relies on his dad to try to help escape his mothers beatings but even he is scared of her. Through this book you discover Daves everyday struggle to survive, as each beating teach him new ways to escape his mothers torture. You will learn to take even the smallest things that you receive everyday into account as his mother denies him food and love. Going many days without food he sometimes has to go to desperate measures to keep himself alive. As his days in this harsh life go on his mothers punishments become more severe and he sometimes finds himself on the verge of death, as the beatings increase his will power to not give into his mother increases. A book like this can really change your perspective on things. You find the poor boy struggling to survive and youre just moved by the incredible book and change to boy goes through.