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He enjoys daily life and family trips with his two older brothers and loving, affectionate parents. But something changes drastically for Dave in early elementary school. His parents begin drinking excessively, and his mother begins to exhibit irrational behavior toward him, even while sober. She begins administering severe, cruel punishments and playing horrific mind games. While the other brothers, and the children that come later, are loved and spoiled, Dave soon becomes the family servant. His mother beats and tortures him, refusing to let him participate in family activities, including meals.
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A child called "it": David J Pelzer Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Florida: Child called "It" series , 1. Print book: English View all editions and formats Summary: A Child Called "It" is an 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: 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. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.
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Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. I'm currently reading this book in my Child Development Class in High School and it has been very interesting for the most part. I never knew that he was tortured by his mom so much and we are only in the fourth chapter of the book, so there's definitely more to come!!! Whenever I think about that book, Whenever I think about that book, it makes me feel so grateful that I have a loving family that would never intentionally hurt me.
I am so glad that David made it out alive because I've been reading that he was doing other things with his life like trying to get others to see that he was like any other normal person. I know that he is doing some great things with his life now. Although he may never get over the heartache that he went through, he is making the best out of his experience and sharing it with others. That is probably the bravest thing that you can do after such a bad childhood. So I wish David the best on everything that he does in his life, and I know he is truly making a difference!!!
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He just stood by and did nothing? No, that's not true - he stood by and did nothing I don't get it. Nowhere in the book was it stated that he seemed afraid of his wife, so why did he allow her to treat their son so horribly? You don't just stand by and let your SO practically kill your son, you just don't! There were two things I would have liked to know: Why was he the one who was treated so horribly?
If his mother had had some kind of reason, just something that set him apart, it would at least be part of an explanation even if it's no excuse, but it seemed totally random. I guess it was Did she get some kind of help? Were her other boys taken away from her too? The book ended in a cliff-hanger fashion which annoyed me. Too many loose ends. I don't recommend it. Most of you would never treat a child like that anyway, and if you would, no amount of reading about it would change your opinion that you're in the 'right'.
The only time I would encourage reading it is if you know somebody you fear may be subjected to child abuse, or if you want to be convinced that you should become a foster parent.
View all 21 comments. 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 couldn't believe my eyes, the author described like, everything he went through, all the pain he had to go through, how he felt and everything. I could really understand how he felt but one thing about Oh my god, what can I possibly say about this book? I could really understand how he felt but one thing about this book I don't get at all is how his own mother transformed from a loving mother to a nightmarish, abusive mother so quickly.
I mean, the author was only, like a little boy when his mother started abusing him. This book is extremely emotional and can make you feel so bad for the author and even cry so.
This book was all about the author's childhood and how he survived through such abuse, starvation, and neglect. This also showed how bad things happen to good people - the author's own father didn't even help out at all - he was once a fun, loving fireman, turned into an alcoholic, carless father.
He was pratically stabbed in the belly and had to go through such pain. In the end, he told the school the truth and he was finally taken out of the horrible home, with the abusive mother, two brothers that weren't treated horribly at all and the careless, alcoholic father - and put into a much better home - foster home.
I loved this first book so much that I even continued on to the next book! A lot of thanks goes to my teacher, for lending me the books - it's one of my most favorites! View all 12 comments.
Jul 18, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. Eric's Goodreads review says pretty much what I would say. The writing was cliched I've sat with this book on my desk for a couple weeks, unable to decide what I would write for a review.
The writing was cliched and the "plot" moved along by way of "one day," "one Sunday," or "later. There is absolutely no process of recovery or explanation or psychological background, and the book leaves huge questions open, saying "Please understand that many of your questions will be answered in the next two books in the trilogy series. It's a great marketing gimmick for fiction, but not for a supposedly true story. That kind of self-exploitation leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
All that being said, I am going to try to take this book for what it is: May they then move on to something better. View all 17 comments. Nov 24, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 own family was painful. I came away from this book depressed. And I had several thoughts that kept running through my head. What was the point of this book?
It almost seemed like a shrink told him to wr Why the hell did I pick this book up? It almost seemed like a shrink told him to write out the horror of his childhood and then he turned around and sold it. There was no reflection on the events that happened so there was only horror. What is the point of that? The only thing I could think of was to expose to the world that such treatment did happen to someone at some point in the recent past. I guess that is the crux of my disappointment here was that so much could have been done with this book.
It had the potential to be educational or thoughtful and instead it was just a car crash from cover to cover. View all 30 comments. Oct 19, Sandy Yang rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A Child Called "It": 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 abused in the most horrifying ways possible.
What kind of mother would want to hurt their own little child? David's mom's actions can prove that wrong. Hours later I bent over in extreme pain While I was sick, Mother informed me she had purposefully left the meat in the refrigerator for two weeks, to spoil before she threw it away" Pelzer The book tells of a little child, Dave, the protagonist, who goes through many troubles throughout the book.
He lives with his crazy, obnoxious, abusive mother who would go out of her way to torture David. His father, who had once been his guardian angel, has left the family because of all the argument after arguments he had with David's mother.
Dave's mother would do crazy things like, putting his hands over the oven, lock him in the bathroom with deadly chemicals, or she doesn't feed him for really long. This book can make me cry all over again every time ii read it. I can relate to the terror little David has to go through, because my mother wasn't much different from David's mom. Get your tissues ready. You'll need it. After reading this book, you'll then understand the what really goes on in the world. It's called reality.
People on the news just say what happens, but have never told you the details that make you want to slap the abuser. You'll like this book. Actually, rephrase that -- you'll LOVE this book! View all 31 comments. Mar 16, Sammy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, this is going to be a short and sweet review since it's a non-fictional autobiography and you can't really critique things like characters and story.
But I'm going to say what I can This book was a hard one to read yet I couldn't put it down. There's a different something in Dave's story that will keep different people reading.
Mine was: I wanted to know why his mother did this. I wanted to know what made her do it. I wanted to know how she could to it. And I wanted to know why it w Okay, this is going to be a short and sweet review since it's a non-fictional autobiography and you can't really critique things like characters and story. And I wanted to know why it was Dave she picked out of him and his brothers.
What made Dave the one she singled out for such monstrous torture. But that's something people involved in child abuse cases ask themselves every day. You really do feel for Dave. You don't feel with him because there are moments so bad that he has to disconnect himself. I couldn't do that while reading it though. I almost felt that if I could send my anger and frustration and sadness and hope out there it would stop. Of course it was foolish of me seeing as it happened many years ago and he's a grown man who escaped his mothers claws.
I was only annoyed by the fact that the book was too short and that dividing his story into three seperate books seemed unnecessary. Especially because by the end the reader has become so invested in Dave and feels like they're such a part of his life, they want to go with him as he continues on to the next, hopefully happier chapter in his life. Perhaps it was a publishers marketing scheme to get more money or something. Goodness knows it wasn't Dave's. His goal was to tell his story, thank those who helped him, and open a door to shed light on an issue that is often hidden away.
All of which he accomplished magnificently. What we learn in Dave's story is that child abuse is real. It comes in many forms, but it's out there and it's up to those of us in the lives of children to stand up and be the voice for the abused.
Another thing we learn is to not back down in that fight, of course there will be road blocks, but if you champion for a child as those special people in Dave's life did, you can help. You can save a life, heart, and soul. You can give a child hope. This book is a must-read I'd say. I of course went out and got the follow-up I hate to use the word sequel with something like this and read it right away.
That's a review to follow later. If you are debating about reading this book I will just say that it is a hard read. If you're a mother it will probably be especially hard. If you have a deep compassion and love for children it will probably be hard. If you yourself have experienced abuse it will probably be hard. If you just have a heart it will be hard. But don't give up.
It would be even harder to just quit in the middle, trust me on that. It's that end, despite being a beginning, that will bring tears to your eyes and a much needed smile to your face. View all 5 comments. Oct 16, Rebbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've been avoiding this book since I was a teenager. I did so because this is a trigger for me and I knew I couldn't handle it. I figured that it's been two years since I cut my mother out of my life and that I finally feel free.
And strong That's got to be better than nothing. Anyway, this isn't about me so instead I'll say that no matter what, I'm glad I read it. I feel I have a duty to face other true stories of horrific child abuse, if o I've been avoiding this book since I was a teenager. I feel I have a duty to face other true stories of horrific child abuse, if only to put on the armor of bravery and show children that they don't need to run from the horror of their abuser's glee; that life can be good and it can feel somewhat safe.
Dont give up. Don't let them win. Even if we never understand why they chose us and not our sibling s , it's ok. We don't need all the answers. We just need to love ourselves and each other enough to let the light shine in. Everything will be ok. I promise.
This is a man's account of the severe abuse he suffered as a young child through the hands of his mother. Apparently, there is some doubt on whether the story is actually true, or whether the author merely made the whole thing up. I don't know enough about the controversy to speculate, so I will just give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume this is indeed a factual memoir of his childhood.
If that is the case, then he most certainly deserves major admiration for having overcome such incredible adversities and for sharing his story. That being said, this book is very poorly written. It is essentially just one description of one abusive incident after another, and nothing more. There's no real introspection, and no explanation as to how he later found forgiveness, or why the mother was once a kind, loving parent and suddenly one day just went completely mad.
A book that describes overcoming any kind of extreme hardship, ending with a message about hope and the ability of the human spirit to triumph, can be both moving and inspiring. However, a book that merely describes abuse in vivid detail one scene after another and does little else? Just plain depressing.
View all 9 comments. Jul 13, Don rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. Recommended to Don by: Was my cousins reading assignment and was helping him. I'm a little annoyed It basically reads as a long list of horrors that the author describes in grisly detail and sometimes depicts with startling clarity My problems with the book are many, For the sake of brevity however, I'll just list a few: He remembers each abuse in vivid detail, clarity and full color descriptions.
The green river was as smooth as glass. The bluejays scolded the other birds, and a warm breeze blew through my hair. Without a word, we stood watching the firebhall-like sun as it sank behind the tall trees, leaving bright blue and orange streaks in the sky. From above, I felt someone hug my shoulders There isn't even a hint of trouble like "mother had a drink with breakfast every day for the whole vacation" -- nothing like that..
Yet the first paragraph of chapter 3 reads "My relationship with Mom drastically changed from discipline to punishment that grew out of control. It became so bad at times, I had no strength to crawl away -- even if it meant saving my life. Out of nowhere she starts drinking heavily and the abuse starts. This he called the gas-chamber game. Each time it would happen, he'd be locked in there for a goodly amount of time And yet he suffered no permanent lung damage? He joined the service, and I'm amazed his lungs worked well enough to get him through basic training.
And how he himself squeezed the pus out of it to rid of the infection that had set in.
Pretty good for a 10? I don't know.. I just got a real funny feeling about the whole thing, and I've learned to trust my instincts, SO I turn to the internet, and for the past few hours have been searching and reading and searching and reading He speaks of his childhood abuses too flippantly, and seems more obsessed about book and ticket sales than he does about getting his story out.
There is no doubt that child abuse happens. And even if he was abused as a child, I honestly believe he embellished his stories to the point of absurdity, and that is what makes me angry. That is my opinion of this book: It's a fake. Just do the research, read the articles and watch the videos. Make up your own mind, but I'll bet you find his story is at least somewhat suspicious. Dec 31, Carrie rated it liked it Recommends it for: I know it's not nice to burn, stab, poison, starve or otherwise torture your kid, but damn!
If THAT can't motivate a boy to do the dishes in less than half an hour, how's he ever gonna learn?! Seriously, though. I'm enjoying this short little autobiography from a "glad it wasn't me" perspective. The man uses commas like they're going out of style and uses "everyday" instead of "every day.
And these pages are small, with large type! Now that I am finished reading it and have read some other reviews of the book on Goodreads, plus a NY Times article linked from another Goodreads review, I am inclined to believe the author is a liar.
The article suggests that the book's lengthy stay on the NYT bestseller list is due to the author's habit of downloading thousands of copies at a time at a discount and selling them at his speaking engagements. He also tells everyone who listens that "A Child Called It" was nominated for a Pulitzer, when it really wasn't.
Submitted for review, maybe. Plus, how are you going to believe someone can recall graphic scenes from their childhood, but not what their mother looked like? Would have been nice if the Times reporter had interviewed the teachers who reported his abuse if, in fact those people and reports weren't fabricated or if the reporter had looked for the police report taken when Pelzer was removed from his home.
The brother, Stephen, says David was removed for setting fires or something It's not quite fair to leave it as a he-said-she-said when there are documents of the event out there. View all 10 comments. Dec 10, Jeannifer Floyd added it. Dave Pelzer. Quickly all the good in his mother turned to bad. She locked him in bathrooms with cleaning chemicals giving David no option but to inhale them, she nearly starved David to death, she made him sleep in the basement on a cottage, and she stabbed him, with refusal to take him to the hospital.
This book really made me realize the difficulties people face in the world and not to treat anyone with disrespect because you never know what might be happening at their home. His life story brought so much sympathy to heart and tears to my eyes.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know a real life experience of someone who dealt with child abuse in full detail.
View all 6 comments. Dec 29, J. Disturbing This is a story of a boy named David who endured the worst abuse I had ever read about, by the hand of the very person who gave him life, his mother.
I wanted so badly to pluck David out of the story and hide him away from this vicious woman who to me was never truly a mother, but a monster who took her anger out on a weak small child.
Being able to push out a baby does not make you a mother. It's loving and nurturing that baby, protecting that child to the bitter end. I am not a violen Disturbing This is a story of a boy named David who endured the worst abuse I had ever read about, by the hand of the very person who gave him life, his mother. I am not a violent person, but by God I wish I could have just five minutes alone with this woman Abuse is never okay for anyone. But for a child it's horrific.
I don't understand it and I'll never accept any reason for why someone would hurt a child. Never understand. View 2 comments. Sep 08, Serina rated it did not like it Shelves: I finished it in 3 hours because it was short and to the point. Yet I must say this book is extremely poorly written. It is structured in a sense similar to a pointless shopping list: Pelzer basically just described, no scratch that, he stated the unfortunate things that have happened to him in sequence.
There are no character traits or branches of the story. Everything revolves around his mother and punishments; the book touches on nothing else. There are also no literary devices. Normally I don't really care about that, but the lack of writing skills has, honestly, made this book quite bland. A little synopsis of the book: Dave Pelzer was born the third of five children. His mother, one day, suddenly changed into a completely different person: What bothers me the most is the improbability of Dave's statements.
These punishments Dave had gotten since four years old or so are so radical and crude that I am skeptical of what have really happened. Of course, I have no rights to judge. Pelzer's account is just way too farfetched. These are reasons for my claims: The mother treats all of her children but Dave compassionately and motherly, yet Dave is singled out.
The book has never explained why the mother suddenly turned crazy and why Dave was the hapless scapegoat. That is a likely situation, so I no longer doubt it. The father and brothers at first sympathized with Dave. Towards the middle, they just all pretended Dave was their slave, as their mother has said.
The unusualness of Dave's punishments. His mother had starved him for more than ten days, made him eat soap, forced him to inhale a mixture of ammonia and bleach, attempted to burn his arm over a gas stove or to be precise, asked him to lie down on it , smashed his head into his baby brother's diaper with feces on it , stabbed him in the stomach with a knife, strangled him, submerged his head under water, etc.
And by the frequency of these punishments inflicted on Dave, it is almost impossible that Dave is still alive today, living well in good mental and physical health. The response from Dave's family after the book was published. Dec 13, Trevor rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I read A child called "It" for my fifth book report. This is a heart wrenching true story about the author of the book when he was a kid.
His name is David Pelzer and he is the main character in the book. He gets abused by his mom everyday without a break.