#41 – A Child Called ‘It’ by Dave Pelzer
Genre: True life
Page Numbers: 184 pages
Dates Read: 7/18/14 – 7/19/14
Plot in three lines or less: From Amazon: “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.”
New read or re-read? Re-read.
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will read it again, though not very often, and while I would recommend it to others, I would caution you – it is not for the faint at heart. Anyone who has even an ounce of compassion in their heart would find it gut-wrenching and beyond sad.
Other Notes? I got this book back in college, I believe for one of my childhood education classes (maybe? It’s been so long I don’t remember). To read about something so tragic happening to a young child hurts me every single time I read it, but one of my dreams is to help and work with young children (and I’m still trying to figure out what that dream is), so I keep this on my shelf to remind me that there are thousands upon thousands of little ones out there who just need someone to love them. Maybe one day I will be able to help even one of them.
Grand Total: 98