Sunday, October 12, 2008


Author:  Dave Pelzer
Genre:  Memoir
Published:  1999
Personal Rating:  4.25/5
Yearly Count:  134

Dave Pelzer, author of A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy, continues his story by sharing his path into adulthood.

This book, along with the other two, is filled with life-changing events that could lead someone to spiral out of control and Dave doesn't even consider that option.  Every time he was knocked down with one of life's punches, he picked himself up, dusted himself off and got back into the game.  Time and time again, he exhibited tremendous strength when most of us would crumble.  He is one stand-up guy.  May all the best shine on you, Dave.


  1. Is this the end of the series? I'm glad that you've continued to like this books--one day I'll have to pick them up as well.

  2. Anonymous8:46 AM

    I had almost all the books in this series and gave them away. I just couldn't handle the topic. I am in a place now where I am able to - I think I will go by the library and see if they have the first one. Thanks.

  3. Trish ~ No, it's actually not the end. After he wrote these three, he then went back to fill in the gap of his teenage years. That book is titled The Privilege of Youth. I plan to listen to that one, too, if I can get my hands on it. The narrator was fabulous. However, I have read that it isn't necessarily as "good" as the rest, but that's okay - I'm still game.

    Danielle ~ The first one is the most powerful and unbelievable, but he perseveres. :)

  4. I had a really hard time reading the first and found it so disturbing I did not want to read any more. Maybe reading subsequent ones would help me to deal with the material of the first one?

  5. Joy, I've read these two and I think he is an amazing guy too. I didn't realize there was a fourth book though. I will have to look into that.

  6. He sounds quite inspirational. I'll have to check out his memoirs.

  7. I never gave much thought to Dave Pelzer but recently met someone who said his books were her all time favorites. I keep seeing them in the secondhand stores, so maybe one of these days I'll actually pick one up.

  8. Chain Reader ~ The first one is very difficult to read, but you have to remember that he has survived and has made a life for himself.

    Dar ~ I will be listening to it by the end of November (series challenge). I didn't realize it, but I already have it on my iPod, so I'm good to go. My thought is that the "Youth" book will be filled with a lot of teenage angst. Not unusual for those years, but added with his background - yikes!

    Carrie K ~ Be prepared that the first one is devastating and shocking.

    Maw Books ~ See my comments above. :) Dave shares from his heart and it is very palpable. The books (his life) do inspire.


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