Okay, I know this book has been reviewed to no end, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.
I began reading this unbelieveably horror filled and incredibly sad TRUE story of this little boy named Dave at 11pm and finished it at 3am. I just COULD NOT put this book down. I had tears roll down my face several times and I had that all too familiar lump in my throat pretty much from page one. I tried and tried to swallow it away, but it stayed ... even for several hours AFTER the book was over. I don't recommend you read this book right before you go to bed, because you won't be able to sleep afterward.
It's difficult for me to say that this book was GREAT or AWESOME or A MUST READ (even though it sorta is) because you know that this story was REAL and Dave Pelzer lived through it all, although I do not know how. I was left with A LOT of questions though (Like WHY!?!?!? and HOW!?!?!?), the book seemed to just end (although I am not sure I could stomach mentally anymore of it, to be honest ... ).
This book chronicles his life from ages 4 to 12 and the sequel, The Lost Boy, is form his ages 12 to 18 and promises to answer a lot of the questions that obviously he knew we'd all be asking ourselves once the reading of this book was finished.
This is not a book that I would ever personally want to reread, but one that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It also makes you stop and be thankful for what you have, and that the system we have in place today to protect children is SOOOOO much better (even though there are still flaws) than it was back in the late 60's, early 70's.