Richard B. Pelzer's A Teenager's Journey: Overcoming a Childhood of Abuse PDF

By Richard B. Pelzer

ISBN-10: 044657970X

ISBN-13: 9780446579704

This effective follow-up to his "New York instances" bestselling memoir "A Brother's trip" chronicles Pelzer's heartbreaking teenage years as he struggled with the consequences of early life abuse and the way a surrogate kin provided him convenience and wish.

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It was a good reminder of just who she was, certainly. I always thought it appropriate that one of the few photos I have of her shows her with gigantic, vicious carnivores towering above her. Scott walked on ahead around the outside of the park, while Mom followed, holding Keith’s hand. She would occasionally stop, then catch up with Scott. It never concerned her that I was often out of her sight. ” Whenever I saw them together, I felt excluded. Mom was very careful to make sure that I knew there were two parts to her family: “her boys,” and me.

I spent more time alone, after midnight, drinking myself into the Stone Age at Mesa Park than I spent sitting in class at Hillcrest High School. The world was changing all around me, but everything I did and everyone I came across seemed meaningless and impersonal: everyone except Darlene. At that point, Darlene was the only one who could reach me. She was the only one that even tried. She introduced me to her husband, her family, and a few select neighbors, including Judy Prince—people who weren’t tainted by Mom’s negative influence—not yet, anyway.

Why are you letting me do this? I cried. The next few minutes ticked by so slowly. A part of me wanted some sort of divine intervention, yet another part of me wanted confirmation that my decision to take my life was the right one. Neither came as I lay on my back looking at the clouds passing overhead. Well then, I have nothing to lose, I said. I stood up and looked back. I could see the tree line and the trails made by the hundreds of us kids as we all walked the same path to school each day.

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