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.
Truly eye opening
This is an amazing book written in such a way you almost feel like you’re in the rooms and house in which these terrible acts have taken place. We know not enough of what goes on behind closed doors. We must be great full for every ounce of good in our lives.
This book I’s amazing! I’m studying Human Development & Family Studies. I read this book in 48 hours and I must say, I wanted more of it. This story will have you telling all of your peers to read it. I would encourage everyone to read!
So heartbreaking but eye opening