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Dave Pelzer, a four-year-old boy, who lived with both of his parents and two siblings, had a relatively normal life. Things soon started to change as his parents' marriage started to fall apart, resulting in his mother developing an overwhelmingly dangerous alcohol addiction. With her marriage hanging by a thread, Dave's mother began to blame him for that happening, Thus, resulting in upcoming years of unthinkable torture, as well as physical and mental abuse.
At first, this abuse was kept a secret from the world. Including their own family. Dave had become his mothers slave. He had to do every household chore she could think of. Even unnecessary things. He was no longer allowed to interact with anyone but his mother and that was only to experience her disgusting torment.
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As time went on, there came a day when Dave's mother crossed into insanity. She filled a spoon with bleach, and pushed it into his mouth making him ingest the toxic chemical liquid. He quickly lost conscience and was literally smacked back to the living hell, which was his life.
Although these cruel acts were only performed at home, three years of dirty clothes, wounds, and a starving, helpless looking boy began to cause curiosity. To Dave, this was his family "secret". Letting this out would not only make things worse for him, but it would lower the appearance of his family. He knew in his head that the teachers at school, who constantly interrogated him about his personal life, were his only hope. But their bold attempts to help this little boy were continuously shot down by the famous accusation Dave's mother had now believed herself: " "IT was a horrible burden on her family." Dave, an innocent living boy, was only an "IT" in his mother's eyes.
After years of living his mothers sickness, there came a day of relief. Dave was finally rescued. The principle, teachers, the nurse and other caring people felt they had enough evidence of child abuse to go to the police themselves. Dave had never been more scared. Not ever, which is shocking considering all he had been through. A police officer came to the school, and picked him up. Constantly reassuring him that everything was going to be okay, all the way to the station. When they got there, Dave was in disbelief that this plan was actually going to go through. After all, this had been tried before. The police officer picked up the phone and called his mother. Dave could not hear the conversation, but deep in his heart he felt safe for once in his life. The police officer came back into the room and said "Dave, it's over." Those were the most important words he had ever heard.
I think Dave's purpose it to show that no matter age, or situation you always have enough strength and power to overcome it. It is obvious that he wrote this book to make people aware of what could be going on right under your nose, and to give people the message to reach out. Even if you think your gesture won't do any good, it doesn't hurt to try, and odds are its going to mean more than you could imagine.
The shocking part to this book is even after all his mother did, Dave still believed that one day he would feel the love and warmth of his mother. That is all he ever wanted, which is why he chose to obey her sick, twisted demands. Of course, he had more hatred towards her than anything, but in this case, I feel that is justified. It just makes you think to yourself "why wouldn't he tell anyone what was really going on"? But the answer to that is the same reason he put up with everything nothing compares to a mothers love. This book made me appreciate what I have more than I did. Here, I go through the problems I do thinking they are horrible, while Dave Pelzer lived a true nightmare.
Hopefully, this will make people aware of what does really happen, and not to be so oblivious to the real world.