Thursday, December 6, 2012

Teen Review: Autobiography

A Child Called “It”
by David Pelzer
189 pages
Nonfiction/Autobiography: 362.76 Pelzer
Yes, part of a series (can be read as stand-alone)
Young Adults and up
Reviewed by E.E., 9th grade


As a young boy, Dave Pelzer was physically and mentally abused by his alcoholic mother while his father was away at work. From beatings to eating food scraps out of the garbage, he had a terribly rough childhood. Unsure who to tell and unable to speak up, Dave struggled to deal with his mother’s dangerous behavior towards him. He was no longer considered a son to her, but instead an ‘it.’ The book reveals how he escapes his near-death situations and his mother’s torturous games!


Dave’s book is truly heartbreaking, and I admit that I came close to tears at many parts. It’s almost impossible to imagine how a mother could abuse her son to such an extreme extent, and how a child could be so mentally scarred that he couldn’t report it to anyone. His story really opens your eyes to how real child abuse is, and how serious it has become. It must have taken a lot of courage for him to publish his story, so real and raw; you can almost step into his shoes and feel what he felt. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for an autobiography that isn’t dry or boring.

I’d consider this book to be one of, if not my favorite autobiography. A story like his makes you thankful for having a loving and caring family. It also raises awareness about child abuse, as his was one of the most serious cases of child abuse in the state of California.

My rating: 5

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