A Child Called It

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The book I read was an autobiography called A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer. It was the best book I have ever read in my life. It was a hard book to put down. It always left you wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Dave Pelzer had a good life in the beginning. His family was very loving They always went on family vacations together. They would spend all the holidays decorating and full of holiday cheer.

But then all at once, Dave's life started to change as his mother began to drink. She became extremely abusive. But she would never abuse Dave's brothers, Ronald and Stan. It was only him. He became the outcast of the family. His mom always told him that he was a "bad boy", even though he wouldn't do anything wrong. She was the "bitch", is what Dave would say.

But when his father was around his mother was not like that at all he says he is his protector. His father said that one day he would take Dave away from the "madhouse", they call home. But then one day Dave vomited and his mother went to the kitchen, and returned with a small bowl, and order him to scoop out the chunks in the toilet, and that day when his father came home his mother showed him and he said well if you would let him eat, so his mother said you want him to eat the he will eat, he will eat this, and she pointed to the bowl that had the chunks in it. And his father said you hared her . He did eat it. Dave did not live with his family but he lived in the basement, he slept on an old army cot,