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Brother's Journey, A: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

Brother's Journey, A: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

December 22, 2016  
 
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Brother's Journey, A: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

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In this gripping, deeply troubling memoir, a follow-up to his brother David's bestselling A Child Called It, Pelzer reveals the unyielding suffering he says he experienced at the hands of his depraved mother growing up in the 1970s. Once David, the elder of the two, was removed from the household, the author, by this account, became the target of their mother's alcohol-induced rage. As Pelzer details his outward struggle to survive-learning to fall asleep with his eyes open, for example-and his internal efforts to understand and rise above his circumstances, he assaults readers with the graphic facts, told in surprisingly matter-of-fact language, about being beaten bloody for falling asleep when he was supposed to be awake, and being forbidden to bathe and forced to eat scraps from a dog bowl. Family members (including Pelzer's father), neighbors and teachers were aware of the abuse but did nothing to help, and Pelzer credits outsiders, especially his friend Ben, with finally "allowing" him to see himself more clearly. By looking back at-and then releasing-the image of the skinny, red-haired boy who wanted nothing more than his mother's love, Pelzer discovers his true spirit, which he shares courageously and selflessly here in the hope of healing himself, as well as raising awareness of and preventing child abuse. Agent, Jim Schiavone. (Jan. 5) Forecast: Print ads and a radio satellite tour to 25 markets will draw in readers who were riveted by 1995's A Child Called It (interestingly, though, Pelzer doesn't comment on It, which came under scrutiny because of allegations that its account was embellished). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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4 reviews

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4.6
Story held my interest 
 
5.0  (4)
Writing style 
 
4.8  (4)
Characters 
 
4.1  (4)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
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What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
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5.0

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Setting
Mainly his house and school.
Characters
David and his mom are the two main characters and he had three brother.
Good Points
He explained what happened really well. He explained how strong David was and was very vivid about how hard it must have been to be surrounded by abuse.
Bad Points
I can't think of anything. The author did a great job at telling the story. T
Plot Summary
A boy who's life was fine then something happened to his mom which triggered to start abusing him and only him. His dad couldn't help him, but she still treated the other boys normal. Which encouraged the other kids to treat David like an object as well.
Ending
Finally he got taken away by social services and he explains how revealed he was to be taken out of the abusive home.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
R
Sexual Content
G
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
R
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.5

Brother's Journey

User Review

Setting
This is a true story of a very dysfunctional family in the 70's. They lived in California, with relatives in Salt Lake.
Characters
Richard is the main character. His brother, David was the source of abuse from their mother until he was taken away. When he was no longer there, the mother turned her hatred towards Richard.
Good Points
I had often wondered why the brothers of David Pelzer were so mean to him. After reading this, it is explained. It was a 'kill or be killed' situation. They are all terrified of their mother. If they could deflect her anger toward someone else, then it wouldn't be to them.
Bad Points
It is so sad to realize the awful abuse the boys had to tolerate and there was no one to help them.
Plot Summary
In the book, A Child Called It, Richard had helped his mother abuse David. He often lied to get him in trouble. If mom was beating David, then she would not beat Richard. When David is finally taken from the home, mom looks to Richard to punish.
She nearly killed him after beating him so severely. The abuse went on for years. She got very creative with her 'punishments'.
Ending
It it amazing that the boys who were so severely abused turned out to be functioning adults.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG-13
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.5

A brothers journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

User Review

Setting
Davids childhood of Abuse and the horrible relationship of his parents and family.
Characters
There is Davids mother his siblings the "unwanted" brother and father
Good Points
Is when they have to go camping just stop they could get away from the unwanted child and tgere father
Bad Points
When David v constantly tells on "it" just so ur doesn't get the beating from his mother
Plot Summary
This book is a heart wrenching book of a 5 years olds family and his mother's bad anger issues and how she treats her oldest child.
Ending
Not giving it away!!!
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
2.5

A Brothers Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

User Review

Setting
The setting of when he was younger and he used to get a thrill off snitching on the unwanted brother jus for him to not get beat.
Characters
The main character are It, his mom and two brthers.
Good Points
The most upsetting part of this story it thst number on is that they are little and are abused and they have to fear there mother but the second saddest part is that at 5 he's tattling on the "unwanted" brother so that the other three didnt get the rath
Bad Points
The book was upsetting to hear and read about..
Plot Summary
The book is super upsetting you really need to have a strong mind, to know what your about to read to understand what this book is about..
Ending
I can't tell you the ending because it will ruin it for you!!!
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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