The second time she realizes that he is using the rag he is supposed to be cleaning with to cover his mouth and so she puts it in the bucket, she also turns of the vent. Richard became the focus of her attacts as a result of untreated mental illness and alchol abuse. He is used as a pawn in his mother's games against David, all the while knowing it could just as easily be him. Truly touching, and emotionally shocking. Richard frequently repeats himself, and at times I got the feeling that he was trying very hard to maintain a connection to David and his book, why that is I have not decided yet. If you have a deep compassion and love for children it will probably be hard.
She stabbed him on accident, made a gas room in her bathroom, she mixed Clorox and ammonia and then lock the door. I also like how some parts overlapped from Dave's books. I rated this five stars because this book deserves them. Dave Pelzer's story is the story of a child brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games - games that left one of her three sons nearly dead. Once she started, we were all addicted and spent every free moment listening with rapt and horrified attention. Richard becomes the new scapegoat for the mother's abusive rages after David is removed from the home. I have read this book and could not put it down,it made me cry so hard that my daughter came in and asked if i was alright.
Were her other boys taken away from her too? I figured that it's been two years since I cut my mother out of my life and that I finally feel free. David's father always tried to sneak food to David, he tried to convince her to feed David, but it was all useless. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters. It's a horrible, horrible book. I finished it in 3 hours because it was short and to the point. From now on I will recommend this book and Dave's other books to my friends and teachers.
From a young child till the fifth grade Dave Pelzer had been made to sleep away from the family in the. Believe me after reading this book I am going to be more alert about my students. It was fresh in my memory and any of the facts that were written in one book, I could easily compare it to that last book. Apparently, there is some doubt on whether the story is actually true, or whether the author merely made the whole thing up. Things Dave described, instances or situations that Dave described, Richard describes also from Richards perspective. You still feel the pain that he went through but not like your right there living it with him as was the case with Dave.
It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. Each time it would happen, he'd be locked in there for a goodly amount of time. His mother was an alcoholic, so she was abusive. I find this utterly disgusting. He remembers each abuse in vivid detail, clarity and full color descriptions. This book has also taught me to be more compassionate toward children.
I don't understand what kind of mom that would do such things, or what was going through her head when she did this. The Pelzer's mother continues her torture and abuse upon her son Richard once David is removed from the home. The boy is brave, courageous, and does not give a you know what. I would have liked to see a more conclusive ending where he, at the very least, shares how he managed to escape his mother's grasp and learn to function as an adult. Its horrible but such a good book. Dave 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'.
I came away from this book depressed. Im so very thankful for my parents I'm 13 yrs. Although three other brothers remained in the home with Richard, and endured some abuse, it was nothing compared to what he had to endure. I am more afraid of her than ever. I'm sixteen and I have never felt so sad, and hurt as I felt when I was reading your book. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. He bought numerous copies of his own book to inflate sales records so that the book would have a better chance at getting on bestseller lists.
The fact that he did not keep the cycle and become an abuser himself is astounding. I couldn't help but notice some of the glaring contradictions to his brother's book. I just don't understand how someone can be so cruel. Dave nervously answers no, and this is enough to convince the social worker. Although sometimes Dave's father would try to help him or defend him in arguments he would always give in to Dave's mother.
In other ways, I think I should have waited a little while. The book is not about an average normal family. Life is normal, humble, and happy. While we worked, we talked softly so neither Mother nor the other boys could hear us. The mother was obviously sick and needed help. I understand all too well about family problems and an unstable parent you can't depend on. Richard Pelzer discusses witnessing the abuse of his brother and then having the abuse turned towards himself.
It was really hard for me to re-read now since I have my own child. I read the second book The Lost Boy before and I decided to read the first book. Often in quotes uses slang to make it more understandable to the reader how he really felt during the times when his mother tortured him in a malignant way. If I was to change something about the book, I would want to know a little more about their dad and what actually happened to him. Things soon started to change as his parents' marriage started to fall apart, resulting in his mother developing an overwhelmingly dangerous alcohol addiction.