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A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
A Man Named Dave A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
Author: Dave Pelzer
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ISBN-13: 9780452281905
ISBN-10: 0452281903
Publication Date: 9/1/2000
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!
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Helpful Score: 3
The third in a series, this book really brings the sad story of Dave Pelzers childhood and life together and gives it closure. I read it in one day, a great read.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a remarkable book about the will to survive and be the best you can be. Dave Pelzer is proof that anyone can become what he wants to be. A great read!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
I read "A Child Called It" and "The Lost Boy"... so I felt the need to find out how things turned out. As strange as it sounds, this book allowed me to find closure from the first two books... although a lot of the story was redundant and recalled from the first two books. I understand that he wrote it so that the story could stand alone, but at times it felt a little "chaotic".

Note: While reading this book, I went to the store and found another Pelzer book (A Teenagers Story of Longing for acceptance and friendship).... The "series" wasn't written in sequence and I thought I was following it correctly... but in essence, I found out that this book is not really part 3... I guess it's part 4.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the conclusion to the story of Dave Pelzer who was horribly abused by his mother as a child. The previous books were, A Child Called "IT" and The Lost Boy. A truly moving story that leaves you wanting to cheer for Dave for telling his story.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!
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Excellent follow-up to "A Child Called It" and "The Lost Boy" Dave's venture into adulthood after a an abusive childhood and years in foster care.
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The final book in the trilogy. A touching end to Dave's story. This book provides hope and peace at the end of a heart wrenching life story.
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the third novel by this author,he goes into his adulthood and how he broke free of the life that was pulling him down, and learned to rise above.
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A really good/sad/touching book. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Painful to read at times, but a story that needed to be told.
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The final book of the trilogy of Dave Pelzer's life story is a fast read - and interesting. Having grown up in a pretty average and happy home, it's always intriguing to see life from a different perspective. Ultimately, Dave's accomplishments are inspiring and no doubt have made a difference for many.
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this was a great book i really enjoyed reading it, it is a book about an abused child who over times builds a strong relationship with his family
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The inspiring conclusion to A Child Called "IT" adn The Lost Boy.
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Very moving book...I suggest reading the first two about this man before this book.
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I've read all the books dave has written! I enjoyed them all. A little sad but very interesting!
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Excellent Book (just make sure you read the other two books in the series before this one!)
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Terrific book. Very moving.
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How much of Dave Pelzer's past haunts him into adulthood? Can he live a normal life? Will he ever marry and have children of his own? From the cover: The inspiring conclusion to "A Child Called 'It'" and "The Lost Boy".
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This book is so moving - I found myself in tears - Wonderful!!!
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inspirational he has overcome a lot
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This book gives you hope where hope is needed. It is so great to find out how it all turned out.Im so happy it ended like it did. A great conclusion to the series.
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This is part three of the trilogy that Dave Pelzer wrote. "The Lost Boy" (I also have on here) is part two of same series. A must read for anyone wanting to open their eyes to how life can be for those abused as children.
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This book seemed to repeat many of the stories in the past two books of the series. I could not finish this book, and offered it to a colleague of mine who had read the 1st 2 books and she, too, could not finish the book. It was very repetitious. Initially i was really interested to see what became of Dave's life, but unfortunately, I never read that far in the book.
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The conclusion to "A Child called It".
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WONDERFUL BOOK!!
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If you read the first 2 books by Dave Pelzer then you must hear this final chapter that continues to as cripping as the first 2 books about his life of cruelty.
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Great book.... I made the mistake of reading the 3rd book in the series first....
What a dumb move that was......Everyone out there make sure you read the other 2 books first...makes it more enjoyable.

LUV'd the book...... shows the meaning of HOPE
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This was a wonderful Book. I have read the series and I feel like I really know Dave. I have and will continue to recommend Dave's books to everyone!!!
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Very inspirational man. May we look for the good among the evil as passionately as he does.
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Read it!! then you will know
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Excellent reading. Powerful story. I enjoyed this very much.
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I read all the books in his series in ONE day, what a horrific story of child abuse and a man who survived. After reading the final book I even wrote him a letter and he responded. Not for the faint of heart.
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Wonderful conclusion to trilogy about the boy Dave now grown up.
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Great book! Sad to finish it but happy for his outcome in life.
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My daughter loves this series.
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This is a great book on survival and overcoming. I love what this man is doing now after such a horrific childhood. He's amazing.
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This is an inspiring story about a man who was so abused as a boy that his mother called him, "It." The tale begins with his last few abuses and his removal from his mother. He grows up in a foster home with all the emotional and physical scars from his childhood. He finds a place in the Air Force where he works hard to reach his goals in spite of his childhood baggage. He marries, his marriage breaks up, tries to become a speaker and author to inspire others who live in abusive situations all the while experiencing setback after setback. But Dave never gives up. He just works harder. It's an inspiring read that makes one want to cry at times. Good one!
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A book in the series of A Child Called It, Pelzer's story is enough to break anyone's heart. Very good series.
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This was a great book. It was a great conclusion to the series. To know there are actually children who went through circumstances like that are sickening. To know that they not only survive, but in some ways thrive is encouraging. It shows what the human spirit is made of.
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These words were eighteen year old Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to - and nearly did.
The more than one million reader's of Pelzer's previous best selling memoirs, A Child Called It and The Lost Boy, know that he lived to tell his courageous story. But even years after he was rescued, his life remained a contual struggle. Dave felt rootless and awkard, an outcast haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering "It" locked in his mother's basement. Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from advertity.
Dave's dramatic reunion with his dying father and the shocking confrontation with his mother - along with the discovery of her secret past - led to his ultimate calling: mentor to others struggling with personal hardships. From a difficult marriage to the birth of his son, from an unfilling career to an enduring friendship, Dave was finally able to break the chains of his past, learing to trust, to love, and to live.
A Man Named Dave is the gripping conclusion to his inspiratonal trilogy. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites his readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection inot acceptance - how a lost, nameless, boy finally found himself in the heart and soul of a man who is free at last.
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a good read, yet difficult subject matter (2nd part of a true story about one of the worst documented cases of child abuse in the U.S.)
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Dave Pelzer endured horrible circumstances as a child, but has gone on to approach life with joy and hope. His account is inspirational.
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Amazing that Pelzer is as balanced as a human as he is considering what he's been through.
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The third book about the "Child Called It". It is really amazing what this man has accomplished in his life after being so severly abused as a young child. Awesome reading!
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The third tale in David Pelzer's autobiographical trilogy, A Man Named Dave is an inspiring story of terror, recovery, and hope experienced by the author throughout his life. Known for his work as a child abuse advocate, Pelzer has been commended by several U.S. presidents and international agencies, and his previous memoirs of growing up as an abused child (A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy) have touched thousands of lives. He provides living proof that we can "stop the cycle" and lead fulfilling, rewarding lives full of healthy relationships. Ultimately triumphant, this book will have you living through the eyes of a terrified child, a struggling young man, and an adult finally forgiving his dying father--reading with tissues nearby is recommended. Ending with a touching conversation between the author and his own son, you'll finish reading this with a warm heart and an enriched understanding of the need for compassion in all parts of life. --Jill Lightner
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ASEQUIL TO A CHILD CALLED IT.
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An okay book. Quite moving.
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Third and last book in the series of Dave Pelzer's life. Wonderful series of the of the worst cases of child abuse in California's history and what he accomplished in his life.
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Man who has grown up after an abused childhood, dealing with a new love and past relationship with abusing mother.
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tear jerker
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Awesome book. It's about Dave growing up. he was the child called it and how the affects of his childhood made him the man is his today.
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great book, sorry the series is over, could not believe the things Dave lived through.
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I loved this book. It was a book I couldn't put down.
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Last of the Pelzer trilogy. Very good upbeat book of a man's rise from awful abuse for years as a child.
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All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality. But even after he was rescued, his life remained haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering "It" locked in his mother's basement. Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from adversity.
With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how a lost, nameless boy finally found himself in the heart and soul of a man who is free at last.
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Inspirational without covering up his own flaws.
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this is the conclusion of a series. these are saddening and enlightening at the same time.
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a great read. i could not put it down!
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If you have read "It" and "Lost Boy", you must read this. His life is a triumph over evil. And his courage to forgive and face life head on is a valuable lesson for us all.
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Conclusion to "A child called It".
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This is the 3rd book of the life of Dave Pelzer. It is the conclusion of the life story of "A Child Called It" The boy/man has survived extreme abuse from his mother. Very good.
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This is the 3rd book in a series. "A Child Called It" was first, and then "The Lost Boy".
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Last of the series of A Child Named It. This book is excellent.
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Inspiring conclusion to "A Child Called "IT"" and "The Lost Boy"

Good closure.
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The whole series of these books are just eye opening. A must read.
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This book is an excellent story of triumph and personal growth. A must read for anyone that had a bad childhood.
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A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT FORGIVENESS......
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Absolutely loved all of Dave's books!!!
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After reading this last book in the series of David Peltzer's life, concluding his previos books, 'A Child Called "IT"' and 'The Lost Boy' I am throughly happy at how much this brave man has accomplished and learned. It lets you know that even if you feel like your life has been somehow corrupted, that there is hope for you to only better yourself by your experiences.
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If you've read Mr. Pelzer's first two books, you'll want to read this one too!
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Awesome wrap up to the other 2 books... A MUST read....
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Excellent book. True story.
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This is the 3rd in the series.

An unbelievable, but true, story of one abused child's will to live. Read all three stories and follow Dave as he grows to become a husband and father.
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Loved this book...the entire series is incredible...you'll never forget them
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It is a good ending to the other two books.
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Loved it!! Very well written. You will never put it down. A fast book to read.
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Excellent book. Yet another of his I couldn't put down.
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This is the last book in the Dave Pelzer series, It tells of his life as an adult, married, with children of his own. Theses books are a must read!!
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Great conclusion to a powerful trilogy
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Very sad book. Well written
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Everyone should read the end of the story that talks about how David dealt with the issues of his child abuse, the sadness of the death of his father, the outcome of confronting his mother, his determination to get into the air force, and the ups and downs of his relationship with his wife. This may not be the end of Dave's story but it's a nice wrap up of many of the questions I had.
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Amazing story of one mans struggle and his success to rebuild his life
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From the back cover:
#all those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never interevene as his mother abused him with shocking brutality. The more than two million readers of Pelzer's previous international bestseller, A Child Called "It" and The lost Boy, know that he lived to tell his courageous story. But even after he was rescued, his life remained haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, coering "It" locked in his mother's basement. Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from adversity.

With stunning fenerosity of spriit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how a lost, nameless boy finally found himself in the heart and soul of a man who is free at last.

My notes: To truly understand this memoir, I suggest that you read a Child Called "It" and possibly The Lost Boy before you read this. It will give you tremendous insight into the horror this man lived as a child and how and why he thought and behaved when he was finally out of the clutches of his extremely sick mother and overly passive father.
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Excellent, well written book.
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All those years you tried your best to break me, and I am still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself. These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of indepedence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self=reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality. The more than two million readers of Pelzer's previous international bestsellars, A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy, know that he lived to tell his courageous story. But even after he was rescued, his life remained haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering "It" locked in his mother's basement.
Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from adversity.
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I had t throw this book out do to the very mildewy smell that is had when it arrived. I sent a message to live help and they said there was nothing they could do about smell it was not in the terms. I sent a message to the person who sent it, and have updated my terms.

Smell should be a term in your conditions, especially if it is mildewy. My husband could have gotten extremely sick!
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very sad book

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