Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: A Child Called "It"

Title: A Child Called "It"
Author: Dave Pelzer
Pages: 160 pages
Published by: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 1-55874-366-9
Rating: A+

A Child Called "It" is the unforgettable account of one of the most sever 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 player torturous, 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 and 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. 
Through each struggle you'll find yourself enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the truth about child abuse-and the ability we all have to make a difference.

First of all, before any of you comment on how you probably can't read the story because you couldn't bear to read about child abuse, think about how hard it was for Dave Pelzer to WRITE it. It's a true story from his point of view. Just think about how painful it would've been for him to recall these memories, detail by detail. Memories that probably still haunted him from time to time anyway.

I think that everyone should appreciate this and read the book. It's seriously a life-changing story and you'll never be the same. Knowing what happens to children that are abused helps you understand that this is real and there are children out there that really do need help. The pain you'll go through reading this is nothing compared to the pain he went through living it.

Anyways on to the book itself, it was AMAZING. Real props to Dave Pelzer for writing this beautifully crafted story solely on his memories. It was engaging and made me picture everything, even the parts I didn't want to. It was disturbing but not in a way that made you say "gross". You know it's gross and just utterly despicable but you're not thinking about this while you read it. Pelzer REALLY knows how to write (in my opinion).

The ending was a real cliffhanger and very depressing but he definitely fixes that with the epilogue and obviously, by the fact that he wrote the book. The book is very short, and very fast-paced. You'll be done before you know it. You'll be crying throughout the book if you cry easily like I do but really, I can't stress how good this book is.

This is a horribly written review, LOL. But I really don't have anything to say! It's definitely a book that belongs on everyone's "books to read before I die" list.

I hope that many of you will pick this book up regardless of whether you think you'll be able to handle it or not.

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