A Child Called 'It'

by Dave Pelzer | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0752837508 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Read-Once of Scarborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on 4/3/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Read-Once from Scarborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 03, 2005
Sad True story- you have to keep reminding yourself that it is from real life and not fiction.
Saw Dave Pelzer on Oprah and the bought the book. Disturbingly you cann't put it down once you start reading - tissues at the ready

Journal Entry 2 by Read-Once at on Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (4/7/2005 UTC) at

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Requested by AbPh - put in post Thursday lunchtime.

Journal Entry 3 by AbPh from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 08, 2005
Received from fellow bookcrosser. Looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 4 by AbPh from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 18, 2005
An easy read in that it's short and quick but a very tough read in that it can be quite traumatic. It's an honest account of one man's experience of physical and psychological abuse as a child when his mother starved and beat him and devised increasingly crazy and cruel games. The oddest things about it are that 1. his father knows what's going on but is too cowardly to stop it and 2. David is one of five brothers and the others don't seem to get picked on in the way he does. From these aspects it's a fascinating book.

I found I could muster absolutely no sympathy for his drunken, clearly unhinged mother (though I honestly tried) and little for his weak father or brainwashed brothers. I just wanted him to get out of there and get revenge.

So, apart from being upsetting and apart from the annoying 'isn't America great and wasn't I lucky to survive and serve my country in the Air Force' bit at the end this was a good read. And very important. I encourage more people to read this in the hopes that they have a better understanding of child abuse.

Journal Entry 5 by AbPh at on Thursday, June 09, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (6/11/2005 UTC) at

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Taking to bookcrossers' meetup 11.6.05.

If whoever gets it wants the next two books in the series I've got them. They're TBR but I can send/give them to you when I'm finished.

UPDATE: Wasn't claimed at today's bookcrossing meetup so I'll hang on to it until the next one.

Journal Entry 6 by AbPh from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 09, 2005
Passed to fellow bookcrosser 9.9.05.

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