Through each struggle you'll find yourself enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the truth about child abuse - and the ability we all have to make a difference." (back cover)
I made it through the entire book in one sitting - that's something I haven't been able to accomplish with a book in quite some time. However, I wouldn't recommend subjecting yourself to this book's contents in one sitting. Then again, I can also imagine the story being so appalling that if you put the book down, you wouldn't want to subject yourself to another sitting of [reading about] this horror. Overall, I wouldn't recommend the book, as I don't know of anyone who would want to read about such terrible acts. There were times when I would have torn up the book or thrown it across the room or cursed or said other inappropriate things (specifically "grow a pair" to the gutless father) had the book been my own. If you do choose to subject yourself to the book and its contents, I wholeheartedly hope you find a new appreciation for your mother and the life you have.
Just because I don't recommend the book doesn't mean I disliked the writing. Obviously, if the book was written well enough to keep me on a couch for the entire story, that's saying something.
There are many child abuse resources at the end of the book. Perspectives on child abuse from Dave Pelzer and other "characters" from the story, resources/contact information for help, an "About the Author" section, and information on how to contact Dave, should you wish to have him speak at a seminar or school assembly.
I don't understand how Mr. Pelzer could have overcome what he experienced during his childhood and learn to trust a woman enough to marry her and have a child of his own, but congratulations to him. I don't doubt that his experiences also make him capable of being the world's best father. Maybe I'll have to read his two sequels to find out what happens, should they ever pass by Bayshore's shelves.
A Child Called "It" can be found at Amazon here.