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The David Pelzer story A dangerous read???
July 7, 2007
11:03 pm
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I was thinking about reading his book 'A child called It' But I am afraid that it might give me flashbacks. Should I try it and see or should I wait for a few more years? Any suggestions?

July 7, 2007
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Where I work, kids are always requesting that book (I am a librarian). We can't keep it on the shelves... there is always a waiting list. I don't know why they are so attracted to it, I'm sure there are many different reasons.

I always wonder myself about kids reading that book that have problems in their families such as abuse- but maybe it raises awareness and gives them a way of talking about it.

Do you feel like other things set off flashbacks? I know you've been plagued by those for some time... but does it help you to work it out, or do you end up having the same ones over and over and feel that they just torture you rather than reveal anything new?

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July 8, 2007
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Well, I read the entire series. It is very graphic. I think it depends on the state of your mind as far as how you would react to it. He is a survivor. I can't imagine things getting much worse than they were for David. He definitely crossed over the line from victim to survivor, not only a survivor but a flourishing human being who makes a difference in people's lives. If being reminded of whatever has happened to you is too much to handle rightnow, then I wouldn't read it yet. If you'd like to read about how a young boy went through a living hell and came out on the other side, then I'd say it would be a good read.

July 9, 2007
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Random,

I have the entire series as well and have not been able to bring myself to read them, personally. Maybe I never will - and that's OK too.

I tend to watch movies which help me along....in little snippits which are not so hard-hitting and concentrated like Pelzer's.

I like Shawshank Redemption, Castaway, Ordinary People, Good Will Hunting, As Good As It Gets etc.....

July 9, 2007
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I would love to read the book. What is it about?
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July 11, 2007
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Hi,

I have heard a lot about this book. I work as an alcohol and drug counselor in a prison setting and many of the men have been abused. They all speak highly of the book, but it is graphic. I brought it home and had it for a week. Didn't open it because I didn't want to end up feeling terrible. Just have enough drama with the job and would rather read something upbeat.

If you do read it please post your opinion.

Ali

July 11, 2007
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It may make you feel some things, but just put it down if it gets to be too much. A support group may be beneficial..perhaps a group here on AAC would be willing to read it or discuss it with you and help you through it.

July 11, 2007
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The reason why I was thinking about reading it is because my sister in law read it and said that some of the things in the book remind her of my story. Reading it and talking about it here would be a very good idea I think.

July 11, 2007
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If I were to read it, I think that perhaps I would read the last book first and the first book last - that way I would know how it all ended (on a healthy note) before exploring all of the earlier dynamics.

July 11, 2007
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I have read all the books, it gave me insight to be a strong person and to choose to live life because it is a real gift.

If you have been abused perhaps old wounds will surface, however David’s message is that he chose to survive and you should be proud of yourself for having a strong spirit.

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