The Book Still on My Mind this week is…
A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
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.
Why It Is Still On My Mind
I read this book in high school. We didn’t have to but I had a friend that had read it and then it just kind of kept being passed on. This was such a sad an emotional story and the fact that it is a true story is just 😮 unbelievable! When you read it it is just so hard to believe that someone could do that to another human being especially a child. Just thinking about it makes me angry. I’ve read the second book (The Lost Boy) but I haven’t read the final one (A Man Named Dave). I should really read it some time. Anyway, like I said it was just such an emotional story that I couldn’t see anyone forgetting about it once they have read it.