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This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son but a slave; and no longer a boy but an "it." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him loving him and calling him their son.

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    Love

    I love this book. Can't believe how some people are. I can't ever do that to my kids. My kids are my whole life.

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    A child named It

    Loved this book. Made me what to jump into the pages and give his Mother the same treatments that she gave that poor defenseless boy. I too had a bad up dringing when my Mum left my real father and moved in with another man. Not as bad as this little boy but it was still abuse. So I felt his pain. Cannot wait to get the next book to see how things worked out for him.

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    Lived it

    I love this book although the story itself is heart breaking..I read it as a teenager even then I cried...I felt as an adult and now mother I must read it again..and when my kids get a certain age I would like for them to read it also!!!! MUST READ!!!

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    A must read

    Soooo sad, but very enlightening. All the best wishes in the world to Dave for his stength, being able to move on and being a wonderful father and husband after all he endured.

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    Sad but inspiring

    very sad story of a young boy who was brutally abused by his mother and the fact that the dad did nothing to stop it. Disgusting. Very well written, very inspiring.

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