If you haven't read David Pelzer's book(s) before, you should read them before you read Richard Pelzer's (or at least read D.P.'s first book, "A Child Called IT.")
I am glad I read this book, as it definitely gave a different perspective on the home situation that David Pelzer introduced us to in his books. It's been a number of years since I read David Pelzer's books, but the story has remained in my mind ever since. I didn't need to read them again to recall the horrible things that took place at the hands of their alcoholic mother.
At any rate, this book definitely gave me a good understanding of what took place in that home after David ("IT") was taken and put into foster care. Richard took his place as the new "It" being abused in the Pelzer home. The only qualm I have with this particular book is the ending. I feel almost as if I was left hanging, without any official closure. We are left with Richard as a teenager, having just been the victim of his mother's abuse once again, and that's it. He comes to realization that he can't/won't take the abuse any more, but he came to that realization several times in the book, and always backed down. I am left to assume he finally stood up to her, but how? When? What happened? Did he move away with his family? Did he report her? Did he see "IT" ever again? There are a lot of unanswered questions. Maybe he's planning to write another book.
At any rate, it's a good read for those who have read David's books.
It gives you chills that once one boy was removed, the next had to step up and take the abuse. Most importantly what I got out of this book was how he was thinking, a young boy is thinking, he had no power, belived what was told by his mother to keep the fear going. It gives you an insight of how much kids have to learn in their younger years and get out of the thought process what was instilled into them.
A 3rd party look at child abuse. David Pelzer wrote on his 1st person expirences without looking at the family, because he couldn't, but this book, written by his younger brother, looks at abuse from inside the family. He looks at his participation in the abuse of his older brother and at his own abuse. We get and insiders look at their mom!
This was such a hard book to listen to. Years ago, I read his brother David's book, "A Boy Called It" and I remember how horrifying that book was. I didn't expect this one to even come close to touching me the way David's did, but it surprised me. And the author's honesty also surprised me. I just can't imagine the horrors that these poor children endured. The fact that they did endure and not only that, but thrived and have succeeded in life is a miracle. I did close this book (as I did with "It") with more questions. What happened to the mother? What happened to the other brothers? What are the other brother's reactions to the books, to the revalations? etc. Unforunately, there's not a lot of information available. Apparently, the horrible excuse for a mother never answered for her deeds under the law, but I think she died before David and/or Richard wrote their books. Anyway, you leave these books wanting more than just to know these kids survive. You want justice for them. And there just isn't any.
Tibben reviewed A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse on
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Hmmmm. . . I have read Dave's books and found them compelling and believable. However, this book did not "ring true" to me. Richard was not cast in a very favorable light in Dave's books and this book, to me, seemed like some kind of rebuttal or a "hey, what about me?" whine kind of book. I just didn't "buy" his story.
The book is not as well written as his brother Dave Pelzer's books. He also did not suffer half as much, or do half as well as his brother did during and after the abuse. However, if you have read Dave Pelzer's A Child Called It, Lost Boy and A Man Named Dave, then I would suggest reading this book as well. It gives you another view point as to what was going on in that mad house.
Although not written nearly as well as his brother's David, this book provides another perspective of how a child has delt with abuse and survived. I found the book to be repetitive and somewhat boring.
This was interesting to read as a follow-up to Dave Pelzer's books. I am again amazed at how anyone could treat their children with such cruelty, even when mental illness is the issue. However, the lack of protection by the child's community is even harder to imagine. This book exposes the situation that can exist when we see a hurt child, but do not react.
I have read the books written by Dave Pelzer who is the brother of this authors older brother, so when I saw this book I had to read it. Its a very intense book which throughly describes the horrific abuse suffered by these boys at the hands of thier mother. Its so difficult to understand how so many could know but do nothing. My only issue with this book was the ending, it just ends with no explaination or any clue as to what happened....
This book is just as sad as 'A Child Called IT'. When I saw that Dave's brother Richard wrote a book too, I had to read it. It's definately not a "feel good" type of book. If you've read the prior ones though, you need to read this so you can get the full pic of the Belzer family.
I cant believe that once David was removed from the house she started taking out her abuse on her other son.What a tragic story. you will see just how sick this woman was to do such harm as she did.and Im glad his brother shared his story with us also.
Unbelievable true story of one child's abuse at the hands of his mother. This is the first in the series as it follows the author from childhood through adulthood. Riveting and bone-chilling about what horrors a mother could actually do to her child.
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