BOOK REVIEW: A TEENAGER'S JOURNEY: OVERCOMING CHILDHOOD ABUSE BY RICHARD B. PELZER
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In Richard Pelzer's previous book, A Brother's Journey, he told the story of how he became the victim of his mother's abuse after his brother, Dave, was removed from the family. Richard suffered many years of physical and emotional abuse. By the time he turned sixteen, Richard was 6 foot tall and weighed 180 pounds. He knew his mother could not have the strength to physically abuse him now but all the same, she continued with the mental abuse.
There were times that he just didn't feel he belonged to the family. The mother now decided the family would move to Salt Lake City, Utah. While traveling to Salt Lake City, the mother continued to do things to make Richard feel unwelcome such as buying tickets for the other two brothers to go on a tour of a cave and not including Richard.
Richard hated his mother but at the same time he felt he needed her love and protection. Richard's life took a turn for the worse as he considered suicide and turned to drugs and drinking. Finally, some neighbors came to Richard's rescue.
How does Richard manage to get his life together with the help of these neighbors?
It is never easy reading a story about child abuse but this is one book you will not be able to stop reading. The author has written an inspiring story about his many years of abuse by his mother. Richard Pelzer provides the reader with a straightforward, honest insight into the turmoil in his life as a teenager and he doesn't hold back on the details. If anyone feels there is no hope, they should read this book because it will help to give them the courage to go on in life as Richard did. This is one book you don't want to pass on. It is highly recommended.