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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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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peace_love_beauty said...
Apr. 27, 2011 at 11:33 am
I loved this book. It was so powerful and sad. In this book, Pelzer takes his readers into his world, where they, page by page, begin to feel and go through his horrible pain. This book made me cry, and stayed on my mind long after I'd read it. I've gone on to read the rest of the series' books, and I loved them. He has brought to light the horrible issue of child abuse.
khayie96 said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 10:11 am
Dave im glad u rote this book it means so much to me. it mad me notice that there are people who need help.when i get oder im going to help people who have been in your situation and trying to call for help. thanks Dave Pelzer
Taneei said...
Apr. 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Your reiview was exemplary. It not only establishes a voice, but a tone as well. It gives graphic and vivid images of the trials and tribulations faced by thr persona. Additionally, it planted  the seeds of sympathy in my mind and opened my mind to a myriad of other things. There is no doubt in my mind that I will definitely be reading this book.
VKarcich said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm
i have read this book,  and it is VERY sad and emotional. I would suggest it to many others, this review discribes this book very well. the review is wonderful :)
jhkghtfhtyu said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm
this book sounds great i think i will read it
desmiree said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 11:59 am

That sounds very intersesting and I wanna read it because it is hard for a person to tell about their abuse.


chevy said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm
this book shows you that most of us have a wonderful life compared to some strong children who get the bad end of the stick.
amzazinLily said...
Feb. 24, 2011 at 11:49 am
I LOVED this book. Very emotional!
MeganSeesStarsThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm
I LOVE THIS BOOK. everytime i went to the bookstore i read a litttle bit and finished it, very touching
princess6 said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm
Dave Pelzer has the third worse child abuse case in California history (the first two are dead), the book is very sad but you shoud read A Man Named Dave, it shows that yes he had an extremely difficult childhood but at the end of the day only your own actions define you as a person
cherrypop23forever said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm
love this book so much it was so sad though but really good
Lizzy said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 6:38 am
I am reading the book now and it shocked me to a remarkably large extent the hardships and difficulties David went through. His courage and determination is admirable.
Jojoo said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm
A really well written review!I have read this book several times and I have cried each time.
emidawn said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:41 am
this book is so interesting that i kind of want to read it, but after i hear that this poor child was beaten... i think i would'nt be able to finish it. 5 stars for the reviewer! :)
manga_maniac said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 8:35 am
i had a friend who read this, and i picked it up while waiting in a bookstore one time. i only got through about 5 pages and almost cried.
pRiCkLy~GiRl replied...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:44 am
Wow i almost cried 2 i really wanna read the ole thing
Senga123 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 7:05 am
Although i agree with you, it was a fantastic book, there are some people who say it may not been as gruesome as he made it sound. I agree with xAllegria for the most part. 
xAllegria said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 5:51 am

First off I was also quite touched by the book, and appalled by all the abuse the kid went through. The fact that the story is true also makes it all the more shocking and makes the reader want to react to child abuse.

However, I don't think the book was meant to be a great literary work so much as a message to be strongly conveyed. Therefore I disagree that the book is a literary masterpiece, or extremely well written etc. It's easily visualized because the details are gruesome enough... (more »)

chey-chey said...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 8:48 am
It is sad that the book is good and i am going to read it one more time i cried in it it has to stop
B@rb!3 said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm
great book but a sad story
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