Monday, May 26, 2008


Author: Dave Pelzer
Genre: Memoir
Published: 1997
Personal Rating: 4.5/5
Yearly Count: 72

Dave Pelzer continues his life story after being rescued from his parent's home. He shares his experience in the foster care system. While his behavior as a child left a lot to be desired, he continued to persevere and make something of his life.

This book contained just as much heart-wrenching turmoil as in A Child Called "It". David's childhood years were continually spoiled by almost every classmate or friend he tried to make. His desire to have a place to call "home" was consequential, but something always seemed to get in the way. All he wanted to do was to fit into this world - just like everybody else. His sad experiences may not be unique, but they were relentless and he didn't give up. My heart went out to him every step of the way.


  1. Anonymous9:25 PM

    I have 'A Boy Called It' but I am not sure that it is a book I should read. Although every one I know who has read it says it is awesome.

  2. These really do sound like must-reads!

  3. Dave Pelzer's books are quite popular in my agency. I read his first three books several years ago and see them come around again every other year or so. They always seem to have a strong impression on those who read them. I am glad you found this one to be a worthwhile book!

  4. Danielle ~ It is a devastating read, but we know the ending is a joyous one because of who David is today. If you keep the end in mind, it may be okay.

    Debi ~ It's an incredible story to say the least.

  5. I just finished this a few days ago. I don't understand why the mother never went to jail. I have lots of "why" questions after reading this book and the first one.

  6. Literary Feline ~ LOL You snuck in there! :)

    I've got the next two all ready on my iPod! In a month or so, I'll listen to the next one. David tells the facts, along with the emotions and thoughts behind them, that feel very real. I found his writing to be engaging.

  7. Eileen ~ LOL You snuck in there, too!

    I have some "Why?" questions as well. I do believe that some of the laws have changed since David's childhood, so that may be part of the reason. One of my biggest questions is "Why didn't they take the other children out, too?"

    I'm looking forward to reading A Man Named Dave, then The Privilege of Youth in hopes of getting more answers.

  8. I've seen these books around a lot, but I've never had a strong desire to read any of them. Your review, though, has me thinking about them differently--maybe I should give them a go.

  9. Trish ~ I am so glad I finally read them (2 so far). Compassion for children is one of the strongest messages and thankfully, it doesn't leave you with angst.


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