BOOK REVIEW: A Child Called “It”


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.


This book was such an eye opener. Never have I ever read a book so heartbreaking, yet so angry and happy all in one. As most of you have probably already read, A Child Called “It” is a book of wonders. I say this because of how strong Dave had to be in oh so desperate times. This book mostly involved Dave, his brothers, mother, and father with some side school characters.

Reading this really broke my heart and what was even worse was that I never found out why his mother did all those things to him and only him. I have to admit that she made me so angry at times that I wanted to show her what she was doing to Dave.

Although I did have those moments of anger, I realized towards the end of the book that Dave was such a strong child. I don’t know how he kept going and going. He truly gave me inspiration to never give up. Though our situations are very much different, he really showed the true meaning of never giving up and to keep on going in life when you keep getting knocked down.

I definitely recommend this book to those who are ready to read it. This book has changed my outlook on life and taught me to simply just keep on going. I encourage you all to read this if you haven’t already.

As always, keep on reading everyone!!


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