A Child Called ‘It’ By Dave Pelzer MAG

March 17, 2008
By Bapalapa2 ELITE, Brooklyn, New York
Bapalapa2 ELITE, Brooklyn, New York
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Dave Pelzer's first book in this series is phenomenal. What actually happened to him as a child is hard to imagine. This was a number one New York Times bestseller for months and is an inspirational story.

David was renamed “It” by his evil mother. His childhood begins as the life everyone hopes for. He enjoyed visits to the zoo, lake trips with family, and being cuddled by his mom while listening to a great book. David's life drastically changed when he became a first-grader. His mother and father developed drinking problems. It's very hard to read about all the sadistic “games” his mother dreamed up.

When you read some of what happens, you'll wonder how anyone could even think of ­doing such things to their own child. Pelzer is a strong man to write about his childhood when he was almost beaten to death. This book really makes you wonder how many other children suffer such abuse.

As his teachers and principal, neighbors, and even his father stand by and let the abuse happen, it makes you wonder what you would have done. This book is extremely well written. All of the gruesome details help you to visualize what he went through. There are more books in this series, and you'll want to read them all once you begin. This book is for mature readers only.


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on Mar. 4 2012 at 6:12 pm
Tornado Misha BRONZE, Ng, Other
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jinx

anon12345 said...
on Mar. 4 2012 at 2:09 pm
anon12345, Gys Drive, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If there is a will, there's a way"- Theodore Hertzel

how do you know that?

on Feb. 11 2012 at 12:35 am
ReadWriteBreathe PLATINUM, Pocatello, Idaho
24 articles 4 photos 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you" Tyler Durden Fight Club

I absolutely love the book. I cried the first time I read it. I couldn't imagine being in that situation.

Abfab said...
on Jan. 10 2012 at 10:47 pm
David Pelzer is a narcissistic liar. His accounts are fabricated, he's nothing more than a juvenile delinquent turned con man.

on Jan. 9 2012 at 9:45 am
Cicichildress GOLD, Bono, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift thats why its called the present.

When I first started this book I was in self-pity because I have 4 siblings and life is hard in todays economy. When I got into the book I relized how gratefull I should be that i had a family who loved me. I cried every time I opened this book and it is such an inspiring story.

on Dec. 29 2011 at 1:26 pm
callie15 BRONZE, North Plains, Oregon
3 articles 21 photos 424 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"
-Chuang Tzu

"No man with a good car needs to be justified!"
-Wise Blood

Well, have you been through such horrible things as he has? It's really hard to judge a person if you haven't been through the same struggles as they have. And maybe he didn't write the books out of anger. Maybe he wrote them for awareness .

on Dec. 26 2011 at 10:47 am
Mrs.LOver SILVER, Clewiston, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
'as we grow older together, as we continue too change with age , there is one thing that will never change. i will always keep in fallin in more love with you every second''

the first time i read this book i cried its a very tragic book but a great one at that to go through what this boy went through was heartbreaking but to finally see him end up in a better place was a great ending

Powla SILVER said...
on Dec. 19 2011 at 12:48 pm
Powla SILVER, PHX, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
You can complain that roses have thorns, or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.
-Ziggy-

My first reaction to the book was before I read it, &i thought 'gosh wat a miserable life' but then after i read it i couldnt help but feel that he holds so much hatred for the woman, that he had to write3 or 4 books about the miseries she caused him. dnt u think hes a little bitter? i mean, ive had some horrible things been done to me, but i learnd that i had to forget the person...&wat they did.

on Dec. 12 2011 at 10:40 am
than you should read it...

on Nov. 20 2011 at 11:22 am
jordiebell555 BRONZE, Mauston, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
dont do anything you will have to take back or apoligize for in the future

to the world you are one, but to one u r the world

it is an AMAZING book!!! i cried a few times because of it.

 


on Nov. 20 2011 at 11:22 am
jordiebell555 BRONZE, Mauston, Wisconsin
1 article 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
dont do anything you will have to take back or apoligize for in the future

to the world you are one, but to one u r the world

it is an AMAZING book!!! i cried a few times because of it.

 


on Nov. 20 2011 at 11:20 am
jordiebell555 BRONZE, Mauston, Wisconsin
1 article 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
dont do anything you will have to take back or apoligize for in the future

to the world you are one, but to one u r the world

i love this book and the rest of the series. it really touches you and shows you that other people have it worse then we do.

Lit.rox BRONZE said...
on Oct. 31 2011 at 6:54 am
Lit.rox BRONZE, Kandy, Other
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wow!the book seems to be very interesting.like to read it.

Lou Lou # 21 said...
on Oct. 24 2011 at 8:42 am

uh..have u accutually read any information about dave pelzers storylife...im guessing not...so go back to reading ur little winnie the pooh books...once ur done try to grow up a little.

thank you :) 


Cheeseburger said...
on Oct. 14 2011 at 10:53 am
I've never read this book, but I want to.

on Oct. 2 2011 at 11:30 am
elyssa_alfieri BRONZE, West Harrison, New York
2 articles 1 photo 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Find what you love and let it kill you"

I also read the book and it was so good but also so sad. I agree with the review too.

star said...
on Sep. 16 2011 at 1:54 pm

wow...i mean who every thought that a mother can do that to her own child for no reason at all.

I was shock when i read this and i root for him for diding so strong, brave and bring able to find happyness and not leting it control his life


x0x0xJ SILVER said...
on Sep. 3 2011 at 10:02 pm
x0x0xJ SILVER, Wood Dale, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Sometimes the thoughts in my head get bored and go for a stroll out through my mouth. This is rarely a good thing.

Good review, I agree completely.

on Aug. 20 2011 at 11:51 am
collegegirladventures GOLD, Mequon, Wisconsin
10 articles 8 photos 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

~Salman Rushdie

ok i will. thx :)

ambnyc SILVER said...
on Aug. 19 2011 at 9:06 pm
ambnyc SILVER, Rego Park, New York
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Favorite Quote:
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. - Dr. Seuss

The book isn't well-written. I get the feeling that people feel obligated to call it "well-written" because of its sensitive subject matter. It's basically one long account of gruesome torture that his mother put him through, not particularly well-written, no plot, just gripping because of the sheer atrocities he suffered.

I feel like people need to differentiate between well-written and "can't stop reading because it's so gruesome" (much like not being able to look away from a terrible car accident, or something).





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