A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1) by Dave Pelzer

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This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

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Title : A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)
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ISBN : 1558743669
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 184 pages


Reviews


Laura rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 04, 2010

This book is very likely made up from start to finish. The events in it read like Pelzer imagined the worst child abuse possible and then said, "And it all happened to me!" Yeah, right. His brother and grandmother said in an interview that it was all rubbish, too, which casts more doubt upon the...


TK421 rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 04, 2013

This book was horrible. Period. A waste of my time. You see, what really pisses me off with this book is this: I have known kids that have come from horribly abusive situations that are more genuine than Pelzer is in his "memoir." The stories of his life in this book contradict one another, are e...


Eric rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 10, 2008

this book was the 'hostel', or 'saw IV' of memoirs. i don't really know why i read it. it was free, first of all. and, i guess like any normal human being, i cannot look away from a trainwreck. 'a child called it' is not very well written. you walk away with more questions than you do answers. yo...


Briynne rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2007

Easily the most terrifying book I've ever read. I think I had literally repressed the memory of it, until I randomly happened across the title this week. I experienced this book in a fairly odd way, during a week-long cheerleading camp my sophomore year of high school. My coach was reading it and...


Kohei rated it ★★★★★

March 25, 2008

A Child Called "It" HCI, 1995 $9.95 By Dave Pelzer ISBN 1558743669 One very common issue that goes around in our world is child abuse, it happens everywhere and it is something that is horrible and cannot be stopped. Dave Pelzer, the author of the autobiographical book, A Child Called It, shows th...


Maria rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 06, 2007

I did not like this book. But that's okay. You're not supposed to like it. It's a horrible, horrible book. A trainwreck of a book. I wanted to look away, but just couldn't. I know it's the first part in a trilogy, but I doubt I'm going to read the other two books. It was too, too depressing. Actua...


`. kateelynn * rated it ★★★★★

April 08, 2008

Oh my god, what can I possibly say about this book? When I first started reading this book last year, I was just so hooked to it and I just wanted to know everything about this book. It was all about this author's childhood gone horrible with the extreme abuse, the torture and suffering. I really...


Rebecca rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 02, 2008

I've sat with this book on my desk for a couple weeks, unable to decide what I would write for a review. I'm wholly torn between this being one of my most-asked-for and least-favorite-ever titles. I wish the amount of times I heard "this was the first book I liked" (and the amount of times it's b...


Jennifer rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 24, 2008

Why the hell did I pick this book up? It was depressing as hell and it was poorly written. It chronicles the abuse this little boy named David went through as a child. And I think abuse is too mild a term for what he went through. It was horrible. Reading the torture he endured at the hand of his...


Sandy rated it ★★★★★

March 13, 2008

A Child Called "It":One Child's Courage to Survive Dave Pelzer Health Communications, Inc., 1993, 153 pp., $9.95 ISBN 1-55874-366-9 Have your parents ever abused you? In The Child Called "It", a true story that can bring tears to the eyes of anyone with a beating heart, Dave, the protagonist, is ab...





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