The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

by Dave Pelzer
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well the book was amazing and im only 12 but the first book talked about how he finally escaped.......but this one starts with how he was stuck with his mom again. The book made me hate his mom even more. Make sure you read the first " child called it " it is a outstanding book. I highly recomend this series!
Colleen Dent More than 1 year ago
This book is truely amazing. A true story thatll make it impossible to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the first book, this one is also a very emotional experience for the reader. I experienced feelings of anger, sadness, and frustration. The first chapter reveals how the first book ended with the boy being rescued from his abusive mother. The proceeding chapters go in depth of the child's life in foster care and institutions, always in search of a loving family to care for him. Whats frustrating about this particular book, and like the first, is that it never reveals any consequences the abusive mother recieved. In fact, in this sequel, she still tries to get to him and continues to manipulate the system. What's appalling is she is allowed to do this with little or no consequences. I feel this book should be read by everyone in order to make anyone who can make a difference in our society aware of this issue. I anxiously await the third book in the series, for I wonder how the final healing has taken place for Mr. Pelzer. What has happened to his parents; did he ever learn why his mother behaved as she did? How has he learned to parent his own child in the absence of a proper example in his childhood? I could not put your book down after I bought it at the airport. My heart broke for your loss and your continued struggle to understand why your mother did those horrific things to you and your family. One could quickly blame the alchohol, but my heart ached as you continually tried to uncover what it was you could have done to make things turn out differently. Sometimes, we do not find the answers in this lifetime---your courage and honesty are appreciated. I highly recommend this book to any parent or anyone who is curious about "the system." My hat is off to you, Mr. Pelzer.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer is a memoir about him as a child who is abused and is transferred to a foster home. One characteristics that I enjoyed about the main character, Dave, is that he hardcore. When I say that he is hard core I mean that he is a man living the thug/crime life. He always steals from a store that is up the street from his school. Another characteristic that I enjoyed about Dave is that he is an abused child who is coming from an environment that is not very good. His mom abuses him, she is also an alcoholic, she swears at Dave, and she does not feed him. Then he is moved to a foster home where you can tell that he has a lot of manners, which surprised me.  Something that I had disliked about it was this kid that is in Dave’s class. He runs his own gang and his gang does all the things of an adult gang.  I would have to encourage this book because it is a good read especially for people that are looking for a new series of books. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey this book is so sad it made me cry
HelloPW More than 1 year ago
Imagine your mother or father abusing you. Well, I read a book called The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer. It’s about him being abused by his “Mother”. Dave was about 6 when his “Mother” started to abuse him. I really recommend this book to all people who think their life is terrible. If you weren’t abused your life is fine.
KrystaK More than 1 year ago
Sometimes all a person needs is a little love. The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer is an inspiring story about a child that was in search of a home. This is a true story about Dave Pelzer’s life. As a young child Dave was physically, emotionally, and mentally abused by his alcoholic mother. He was starved, beaten, and brutally screamed at constantly. Once placed in foster care all he wanted was to find a family that would love and care for him. Ultimately, Dave just wanted a place to call home. The main message of this story is to never give up. Be strong, and stand up for yourself; good things will come out of it in the end. As Dave fights to be free of his mother he never gives up. He gets transferred from house to house but never loses faith. Being such a young child, believing in himself, and having true faith after experiencing all those troubles can be one of the hardest things to do. Dave is truly an inspirational person. Another theme in this story is family. Family is one of the most precious things a person can have in their life. A lot of people take that for granted. People need to appreciate the little things in life. After reading this story a whole new view on life is experienced. Overall, I really liked this book. It made me realize how lucky I really am to have the life I have. It also kept my attention the entire time. You could pretty much visualize what was actually happening and feel the emotions Dave felt while he was experiencing all of this trauma. The one thing I didn’t like is how heartbreaking the story actually was. I really felt for Dave and wanted to do something to help him get free and find a family. I didn’t like the way he was treated and how horrible his life really was. I think everyone of high school age should read this book. It really makes someone understand the most important things in life. You get a whole new view on life and how lucky you really are. There is always someone out there less fortunate than you; so people shouldn’t take advantage of what they have. Younger kids should not read this book because it would be hard for them to understand and grasp the concept of what is actually going on. Besides this book I would recommend A Child Called It, A Man Named Dave, and The Privilege of Youth. All of these books are part of a series written by Dave about his life and all the challenges he had to overcome to get where he is today. The Lost Boy is the second book in the series. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was very touching and well written, but the story behind it all is very heartbreaking. You really feel for Dave and people that have to go through what has happened to him.
HAK1993 More than 1 year ago
My name Is Holly and I am a junior at Holt High School and I have just finish reading The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer. This book is an autobiography and is a follow up to Dave Pelzer's book A Child Called "It". I must say that this is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. I truly enjoyed every page and looked forward to what was going to happen next. Throughout the novel the story will make you mad, make you cry, and at the end relieved; you will be crying tears of joy. The book takes you through young Dave's experiences through the foster care system after being taken.rescued really, from his alcoholic mother. You see him struggling for a place to call "home" and describes his life when he jumps from one foster home to another for six years. The novel begins were The Child Called "It" had stopped, which is with his mother and her physically and emotionally abusing him. At the age of twelve, he had overcome a trial that questioned him to be free from his mother and then begins his long journey. Dave describes how he is haunted by the fear of being returned to his insane mother, and recovering from the brainwash that his mother had fed him for years, (that's about the only thing she had fed him). His constant search to find love of a family and a "home", the desperate attempts for expectance among his peers, lead Dave through a series of foster families and also a juvenile detention center. I think that any one that wants to have a career dealing with child abuse or related fields should read this novel. This is a very emotional, in-depth novel. It opens your eyes to the child's point of view. child abuse is still relevant in today's society, and sadly some parents, who are supposed to be protecting their child, instead are the ones that are the most dangerous people in the child's life; as seen in The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so sad along with the first book a child called "it" but once you start reading i garantee you wont be able to stop. I would reccommend this book to anyone 12 and up beacause it is a mature book and hard to grasp your head around. I loved this book and i hope.you will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a touching and startleing quest for a boy to find the mother he once new as the soft spoken kind woman figur he looked up to before the booze the fights and all the tocherous thing his mother did to him the guilt and sorrow he felt for always being the problem in his mothers marrige i give this book five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U all dont get it. This book is after he is abused u have to read a child caoled it first duhhhh.
Erin Conley More than 1 year ago
A story of second chances, guilt, and a quest for love and acceptance from a family David Pelzer recalls his time as a foster child who had escaped the cruel hands of his abusive mother. As he was given this second chance at life, he recounts his desperate attempts for acceptance and love from when he was 12 to when he turned 18. I found the book to be disturbing and compelling. In each chapter came a new struggle and a new hope that I could both sympathize and empathize with. Although I can never have the same experience as he had, I feel like I have a better understand of the intellect behind the foster system and the kids a part of it. It was a very quick read and I was finished within a week after picking it up; however, it also helps that I could not put the book down. The novel requires maturity and sympathy for a better understanding of what Pelzer was feeling. I would recommend this book to anyone who can handle the subjects of child abuse and foster care. Overall, I would give this book an A-; there is nothing wrong with the writing style (even though there is everything wrong with the story), but I have read better non-fiction novels.
TheBookReview More than 1 year ago
David Pelzer recalls his time as a foster child who had escaped the cruel hands of his abusive mother. As he was given this second chance at life, he recounts his desperate attempts for acceptance and love from when he was 12 to when he turned 18. I found the book to be disturbing and compelling. In each chapter came a new struggle and a new hope that I could both sympathize and empathize with. Although I can never have the same experience as he had, I feel like I have a better understand of the intellect behind the foster system and the kids a part of it. It was a very quick read and I was finished within a week after picking it up; however, it also helps that I could not put the book down. The novel requires maturity and sympathy for a better understanding of what Pelzer was feeling. I would recommend this book to anyone who can handle the subjects of child abuse and foster care. Overall, I would give this book an A-; there is nothing wrong with the writing style (even though there is everything wrong with the story), but I have read better non-fiction novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very enteresting an also very sad I feel very bad for David Pellzer as a kid being bettin stabed bunched kicked by his acholic mother but he gas no choice but to run away
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much. I read it two years ago and still cant get over it. Such a sad story, it made me cry multiple time and it made me want to reach into the book and stangle that woman. 4.5 stars cause even though it was good, no book is perfect.
Celina Benites More than 1 year ago
When I read 'A Child called It ' . I cried . The way he described the childs feelings and how he created the story was unbelieveable. I'm truly glad i read this book.. it was an eye-opener to reality. It is definitly worth the price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just read the first book called 'A Child Called It' and I have to say I was appalled and totally horrified of the way David was treated. Although I thought it was a very violent and graphic account of the abuse he went through, I couldnt put the book down and read the whole thing in 2 hours hoping he was going to be rescued from his Monster of a mother and his weak Dad. I truely have to say David is a inspriation to all the kids out there that have been or are being abuse by thier parents or someone else. All in all, I thought it was a great book and have started to read 'The Lost Boy'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer is about a boy named David going from foster home to foster home. He was a little boy doing anything to be friends with older kids at the foster home or at school. Some kids didn't like him because of the way he dressed or because he didn't have a real family. This book was okay because it shows how every foster parent/character treated David. Some of them treated him with respect and some of them were mean to him. The foster parents/characters that really treated him with respect was Alice and Harold because they let him have freedom. Like they let him do and have whatever he wanted. Alice and Harold welcome David in their home and made him feel comfortable and gave their love to him. Like when they told David that they were moving, David thought that he had to find another foster home, but Alice and Harold told him that he coming with them. I like the book because there were some very interesting topics. David was young and lost. For example, He saw his mom, but she kept blowing him off. She also called foster care and said that he was ¿terrorizing the streets.¿ She left this negative vibe between her and her son. He was only bad because he wanted to fit in. This invent kept me interested because throughout the book it stay on the topic.
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Can't just read book. Why buy them when I can read them and keep them safer on just my tablet
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will touch your heart even if you have never gone though what dave did i think this is a great book for young adults and or teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good