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A Child Called "It" Essay

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"A Child Called It" is a book written by a man named Dave Pelzer about his childhood, recounting the excessive physical and emotional abuse he endured at the hands of his mother. He describes, in detail, the different "punishments" his mother puts him through for being a "bad boy", from forcing him to drink ammonia or lay on top of a hot stove, to being forced to throw up the food that his hunger drove him to eat from the trash can or steal from his classmates' lunchboxes at school. He also tells about the strategies he developed to try to avoid as many of the "punishments" as possible, or maybe even expose his mother's cruel behavior; however, ...view middle of the document...

It proves that something so unimaginable actually happened in what everyone around them thought was a normal all-American family, and it makes the reader realize that, if something that horrible went on for so long, totally unnoticed and unstopped, it could very well happen again. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether or not you enjoy reading, because this book holds your interest and your emotions from beginning to end. Although in some parts, reading the "punishments" in detail will weaken even the strongest stomach, this boy's courage and will to survive will inspire you in a way that nothing else can. I give this book five stars. My favorite character in this book was Dave Pelzer, the boy who, in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles, survived, and went on to lead a successful life, who inspired so many with his courage, and who has probably saved many children's lives through his personal testimony of survival, which has brought much-needed attention to an often overlooked, but very serious problem. The character I disliked the most in this book was Dave's mother, for the omst obvious reason"”the excessive abuse he put his own son through. I have no idea how any one can be so cruel to any other human being, much less your own 8 year old boy. Throughout the book, I came to despise her more and more with each passing day of "punishments" she put "It" through, as she called Dave.

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