The fourth book on my reading list this year was one my wife has been telling me I had to read, but that it was important to be in the right head space for it.
This book is about the author himself, Dave Pelzer, and is a true account of his life between the ages of 4-12. It is classified as one of the most severe cases of child abuse in California history. I’m glad my wife warned me about the book and I didn’t go into it blindly, but reading about what Dave went through as a small child is more than heartbreaking.
If you have ever experienced abuse or are triggered by violence, manipulation, or the abuse of children, please take that into consideration before reading the book, or even the rest of this book review.
A Child Called “It” is only 185 pages, and I read all of them in one sitting. Dave’s story will easily draw you in, not allowing you to stop reading because you will be in constant worry hoping that his trauma will come to an end. By the last page, you won’t know if which of his parents you will hate more, because both of them cause him so much pain, but I’m VERY different ways.
This book is one of three in a series about Dave’s life. I haven’t read the second or third yet, but I really hope things got better for him because the seven years of this life from the first book is more than anyone should ever have to experience.
As a first time father, I can’t fathom how someone could treat such a young defenseless soul like Dave’s parents did. It made me so sick to see that out of his four siblings, he was the only one treated this way. Living in a otherwise normal household, he was singled out and degraded so much that they just called him “It”.
If you are someone or know someone who suffers from abuse or neglect, please reach out to someone who can help. No child deserves to live the way Dave was forced to. You are not alone. I will leave links to resources that can help you, or someone you know with any of these problems below.
Links for additional information and Resources for Help.. - A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer - Child Help USA (1-800-4453) - Child Welfare League of America (1-202-688-4200) - The National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (1-312-663-3520)