August 08, 2010

Review: The Lost Boy By Dave Pelzer

Imagine a young boy who has never had a home. His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. His only world is isolation and fear. Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother, the real hurt is just beginning-he has no place to call home.

This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A child called "IT". Answers will be exposed and new adventures revealed in this compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-child- a foster child-young David experiences the instability of moving in and out of five different homes. Those who feel that all foster kids are trouble-and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a real family-resent his presence and force him to suffer in shame. Tears and laughter, devastation and hope: all create the journey of this little boy who desperately searches for the love of a family.

Though many in society ridicule the foster-care system and social-service fields, Dave Pelzer is a living testament of the necessity of their existence. Whether you are a fan of the author or picking up his work for the first time, The Lost Boy is a sequel that will move you and stand alone as a shining inspiration to all.

This book is a lot different from the first. In this one he didn't suffer in his mother's hands, he had a different struggle, a struggle to belong and fit in. Throughout his childhood in foster care, he has been blessed to be in the hands of families that actually cared for him and loved him. Ones that showed him that he's worthy of being loved and cared for. That showed him to care for himself and be a good person. Not to let the "foster care" reputation put him down. He struggled a lot during his teen years. He went through stages of rebelling and peer pressure. But he rose above it all and became a man who didn't allow his childhood and struggles get the best of him. Through a mentor, he enlisted in the Air Force and earned from the National Junior Chamber of Commerce Organization of the "Ten Outstanding Young American's Award". So to say the least, this is a true story of a lost boy's struggles and achievements. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and a definite Good Choice for Reading.

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