“I will stay alive.”
This book is about a young boy’s struggle growing up under the terror of his mentally ill mother and his cowardly father. I feel giving this book 5*’s would be unfair, as if I were endorsing the horrific treatment the author received at the hands of his mother. But it broke my heart, that such people exist who think it acceptable to hurt their children thus. Even if Pelzer’s mother was mentally ill, why did she single him out over his other brothers for the target of his abuse.
Apparently there is quite a bit of controversy concerning the book’s accuracy. If Pelzer did make up most of this book, then one can only wonder why. It is indeed admirable that Pelzer managed to survive such a horrible childhood.
I never visibly cried when reading this book but it still broke my heart, especially when Pelzer talks of the lengths he went to, in order to secure himself something to eat without his mother finding out.
MY RATING: *** / *****