I couldn't understand why the mother treated the author so badly, but not her other children. There was never any reason given for this. This made me question the validity of the experiences the author wrote of. It made me feel sad at first, but then I was frustrated, because I wanted more information.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I don't believe it is authentic, unfortunately.
I believe the author intended to to illustrate horrible child abuse and wanted to reach the public with his story. Perhaps he thought he could save other children from his supposed fate. Its too bad that the book is unbelievable and therefore, it does not do any good to help any other children.
I think it would have been better if there were any way to document any of the story. How can anyone believe this kid lived in the garage for all those months and no one ever found out. How come the authorities never found anything wrong when they checked on the family? How could the other kids never say anything about it? How could teachers never notice anything was wrong?
I think the person who wrote this book just wanted to sell books and make money.
Spoilers within! I think A Child Called It is a cautionary tale. A young boy living in suburbia with a mother who is social and appears loving to her children is not necessarily the first picture that comes to mind when we think of an abused child. Learning about the tell tale signs by reading this book is helpful to teachers, neighbors, and social workers who wonder about the care the children in their area are receiving. I think if a child is coming to school in tatters all the time … more
Dave Pelzer shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, readers will find themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the horrifying truth about child abuse -- and the ability we have to make a difference.