A Child Called

A Child Called "It"

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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.

Title:A Child Called "It"
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781558743663
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    A Child Called "It" Reviews

  • Laura

    This book is very likely made up from start to finish. The events in it read like Pelzer imagined the worst child abuse possible and then said, "And it all happened to me!" Yeah, right. His brother an...

  • Eric

    this book was the 'hostel', or 'saw IV' of memoirs. i don't really know why i read it. it was free, first of all. and, i guess like any normal human being, i cannot look away from a trainwreck. 'a chi...

  • TK421

    This book was horrible. Period. A waste of my time. You see, what really pisses me off with this book is this: I have known kids that have come from horribly abusive situations that are more genuine t...

  • Briynne

    Easily the most terrifying book I've ever read. I think I had literally repressed the memory of it, until I randomly happened across the title this week. I experienced this book in a fairly odd way, d...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1), Dave PelzerDavid James "Dave" Pelzer (born December 29, 1960 in San Francisco, California) is an American author, of several autobiographical and self-help books....

  • Kohei

    A Child Called "It" HCI, 1995 $9.95By Dave Pelzer ISBN 1558743669 One very common issue that goes around in our world is child abuse, it happens everywhere and it is something that is horrible and can...

  • Maria Elmvang

    I did not like this book. But that's okay. You're not supposed to like it. It's a horrible, horrible book. A trainwreck of a book. I wanted to look away, but just couldn't. I know it's the first part ...

  • `. kateelynn *

    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 ...

  • Rebecca

    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. I w...

  • Jennifer

    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 ...