Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Child Call It Review

AUTHOR: David Pelzer
PAGES: 175
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone (but I think it might have a book after it so maybe a series)

OUTLINE: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."

STARTED: Beginning 2010
FINISHED: Beginning 2010

MY THOUGHTS: I normally wouldn't read books like this, but it was the first book we read for our book club that my friend had started. Hints the reason for reading it. I've read alot of reviews on it, and some have me wondering if this is actually a believable story. I do have to say if the stuff that he talks about happend to him as a child it's beyond horrifying. I mean the things his mother would do to him; locking him in the bathroom with bleach and making him clean, to no food for days at a time, sleeping on a cot in the garage. I don't understand how through all that happened his dad didn't do anything he sat there watching this neglect. I mean this poor child had no one to stick up for him. It did read like it was being told from his point of view as a little kid. At first it's starts really good his family was happy they did things together picnics and all. the one day something inside his mom flipped and bang. What's worse is that this only happened to him and not his older brother. Like I said I normally wouldn't take a second look at a book like this, but it was chosen for us. I guess I could have put it down and stopped, but I was wrapped up in this little boys experience.

Now on the other hand I've heard where it's complete lies and that his life wasn't at all like he described in his book. So if that's the case it's really sad that he would use something so traumatic for others just to make a few dollars.

Either way it was an ok read and easy, but be warned it's not for the faint-hearted


  1. I read this book ages ago as a teenager. And you're right that it's a series - there are another 2 books after it, can't remember the name of the middle one but the last one is "A Man Named Dave".

    I hope that it's not all lies. From what I can remember, this was one of the first books like this, and it was after this book that the whole "tragic lives" genre started.

    Sam at Tiny Library

  2. Thanks for dropping by. Yeah I hope it's not all lies too.

  3. My friend has been wanting me to read this for awhile. After your review, now I know a little bit more about it. Thanks!


  4. تقدم شركة الكمال خدمات مرنة ومخصصة بأسعار في متناول الجميع، كما توفر فريق عمل مدرب مهنيا يصل منزلك في سيارة شركة الكمال للتنظيف مع جلب وتوفير المعدات والمواد اللازمة لتنظيف منزلك،
    شركة تنظيف بالدمام
    عند تعاقدك مع شركة الكمال للتنظيف فأنت لست مجرد عميل كأحد العملاء، فعلى الرغم من قيامنا بتنظيف مئات المنازل والشقق ب يوميا ولكننا عند قيامنا بتنظيف منزلك فمنزلك هو الوحيد الذي نهتم به.
    شركة تنظيف فلل بالدمام
    وتعتمد خدمة شركة الكمال للتنظيف بالرياض على آلية التنظيف من أعلى إلى أسفل دون التغاضي عن أية تفاصيل ونصل إلى الأركان والزوايا التي يصعب تنظيفها وتتضمن الخدمات
    شركة تنظيف شقق بالدمام
    1. تنظيف دقيق للحمامات والمطابخ.
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بالدمام
    2. تنظيف وغسل الحوائط والأرضيات.
    شركة تنظيف سجاد وموكيت بالدمام
    3. إزالة الغبار من اللوحات والصور والمصابيح وإزالة الأتربة الملتصقة بالمراوح والستائر والنوافذ والأثاث.وتنظيف الخزان جيدا وتعقيمه
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالدمام
    4. البحث عن كل التسربات الموجوده فى المنزل
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام
    5. استخدام احدث الاجهزه للكشف عن التسربات
    شركة كشف تسربات بالدمام
    استخدام افضل عمليات العزل للخزان
    شركة عزل خزانات بالدمام
    لدينا عمال رائعون ومميزون فى مكافحة وابادة الحشرات نهائيا
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    واستخدام اجود انواع المبيدات الحشريه الغير ضاره للبيئه
    شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام
    وجود اسطول كبير من السيارات لنقل العفش والاثاث
    شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
    اقوى المعدات واحدث سيارات شفط البيارات وافضل العمال لحل مشكلة طفو المجارى
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالدمام


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