This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. As a child Dave Pelzer was abused in ways one cannot begin to imagine; his alcoholic mother brutally beat, starved, and isolated him. She played tortuous, unpredictable... read more
“I found that words like 'hope' & 'faith' were only letters, randomly put together into something meaningless - words only for fairy tales.”David Pelzer
“Love and honor thy mother, for she is the fruit that gives thou life.”
“You're all mine now”Mother
“Mother was as solid as a rock. If anything, her drunkenness made it worst. Mother became more like a monster”
“I no longer awoke in the mornings refreshed; I was tired and told myself that I had one day less to live in this world”
“Get one thing straight, you little son of a b***h! There is nothing you can do to impress me! Do you understand me? You are a nobody! An It! You are nonexistent! You are a bastard child! I hate you and I wish you were dead! Dead! Do you hear me? Dead!”
“I was nothing but an 'it'.”
“Inside, my soul became so cold I hated everything.”
“What little hope I had I was gone. I no longer had the will to carry on. I felt as if i were a man on death row, not knowing when my time would come.”
“I believe it is important for people to know that no matter what lies in their past, they can overcome the dark side and press on to a brighter world.”Dave Pelzer
“I am so alive.”Dave Pelzer
Followed by The Lost Boy.
Definatly not a book for children. This was required reading for me in my masters of Ed program. Should be read by anyone seeking a degree in education.----I think that the book can be suitable for young adults. I, too, am a teacher and I read it to my students...minus the profanity. I'm having my 12 year old read it as well. My hope is to mold children that are more appreciative, empathetic, and sympathetic. ~~A. N. Fletcher, M. Ed.
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