Privilege of Youth

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The #1 New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author who is a shining example of what overcoming adversity really means now shares the final stage of his uplifting journey that has touched the lives of millions. From A Child Called "It" to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer's inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth,, he supplies the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With his usual sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the joys of learning and the thrill of making his first real friends-some of whom he still shares close relationships with today. He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring a neighborhood he was just beginning to get to know while trying to forget the hell waiting for him at home. From high school to a world beyond the four walls that were his prison for so many years, The Privilege of Youth charts this crucial turning point in Dave Pelzer's life. This brave and compassionate memoir from the man who has journeyed far will inspire a whole new generation of readers.

Customer Reviews:

  • Slow but helpful
    It took a while for me to get my order but the seller was extreamly helpful and answered all my questions very fast. Product is in great shape!! Better then described!!...more info
  • A disappointing continuation...
    I eagerly started reading this book. I was very interested to find out where Dave's life was headed after "The Lost Boy" ended. I soon found out that this book was not nearly as interesting as the first two. I found the writing to be somewhat forced. It seemed as though he downplayed his experiences with foster care and all that went with it.

    I am very glad he was able to find a set of friends with whom he felt accepted and loved. However, I did not find reading about their teenage exploits to be all that entertaining. I ended up reading the book halfway and then skimming to the end. Dave Pelzer's writing just didn't hook me as it did previously. Whether it was the subject matter or his writing itself, I'm not sure. The character descriptions lacked depth. It was as if people to him were just a facade he couldn't decipher.

    Bottom line, I have grown to care about Dave Peltzer and his life story but this book just didn't do it for me....more info
  • Highly Entertaining!
    This book should silence those who claim that Pelzer is only successful because of the shock value to be had in reading about his sadistic mother.
    This book proves that he really can write.
    Another reviewer states that she expected to read more details about the foster system. Well Pelzer has already written that great book and it is called
    "The Lost Boy"
    This book is very funny though tragic in the beginning. Pelzer for the first time stays away from repeating scenes of horror from his early life and tells some tales of happiness and mischief in his teenage years.
    This is not dull but highly entertaining and it is also wonderful for loyal former readers of his books to read about David having some fun.
    It is inspiring and thought provoking to see how much joy he takes in simple things, especially when we know the reason why and it makes a person want to follow his example and be more grateful for the simple pleasures most of us experience daily.
    But maybe that sounds boring? This book isn't boring, it's funny and a great read. I would especially recommend it to mothers of sons, who want to know what it is like to be a preteen/teen boy. It gives an insight into what they are thinking about and what excites them. I have a four year old boy who is already obsessed by things with wheels so this book warned me about what I may be in for in the future.
    Edited to add, I did not mean to insult the reviewer who said the book should have had more in it about foster care and I apologise if it came across that way....more info
  • Sad but moving
    I think that this book; The Privilege of Youth, is a very good book. i dont recomend people who are depressed to read this book. it took me 3 hours to read this book, as it did David Pelzer's other books, i have not yet read Help Yourself, but i will soon be buying it to read. i hope that people who think it is cool to abuse their children and to hurt people physicaly and mentally, read these books that David Pelzer wrote. it will give them an insite on what they are actually doing to their children. i think that it is completly sick how someone could do such horrible things to someone so young and helpless. i my self was also physicaly and verblly abused throughout my younger years and i am not even a full adult yet, i am 17 yrs old, and i still am abused. The Privilege of Youth is a good book to read. when i was reading it, i related to my self in school. when he was beat up and tortured, i didnt think about myself, but about wanting to belong and wanting to have friends that liked you for who he was, i thought of myself. i only wanted friends that liked me for me, but i never got them. Over all, i think that this book is a very good book to read. David Pelzer inspires all who read his books....more info
  • The privilege of youth
    This book in the Dave pelzer series talks about growing up with a mother who abused him very badly and how he was placed in foster care as a teenager....more info
  • Help Yourself Before It's Too Late...
    This is not your everyday novel. This is a novel full of real-life advice that can help you prepare yourself for real-life challenges.
    Dave Pelzer thought that he could help teens get through tough situations just like the ones he went through. He felt that no one deserved to be treated the way we was treated no matter how troubled the child is. He goes on to share all the tips that he discovered during his own personal experience.
    The way that Dave divided this book helped me to see all the different "steps" and "parts" of the book. He divided it into three sections: Dealing with Life; Choices you make now and where they can lead you in your futute; and Personal Resolve....more info
  • Tear jerker
    Continued great story for Dave Pelzer. Must read if you have read the other books....more info
  • the privelege of youth
    this is the best of the series of his books he is finally able to somewhat be kid in this book the book is trying to help kids cope he finally gets friends paul and dave i highly reccomend reading this book along with his others they all get five stars in my book lol...more info
  • good book!
    this is a good book! i love it when dave sees that boy from the lost boy, and the boy says what you call my sister? then david says a horror? then the boy punches dave, makes his nose bleed, and says, don't you ever, ever, call my sister a whore again! read it if you like dave pelzer as much as me!...more info
  • Adversity creates greater strength
    It was all I could do to pull through the first book, "A boy called It." I had a few restless nights--most books do not make me cry. I almost put it down, but I'm glad I made it. I went through some ordeals myself, in a large and broken family by the age of 10. Today I cannot see how so many older people who surrounded me depended on me so much when I was so young! But, some people are just caretakers. I, however, was only threatened, by my own mother, to be put in foster care, if I did not conform to her demands. Unfortunately (?), foster care never happened for me. I felt that "The Lost Boy," despite it's brief account of David's travels (320 something pages), was all we needed or were meant to know. Books, even factual ones, are meant to beguile and send the reader on their own personal travels. The Lost Boy was certainly deep enough to see David's early mistakes in foster homes--but his "mistakes" were only in the sense of innocence, lack of knowledge, and growth yet to come. David went from a completely unsafe life to short-lived comforts and insecurity. Some people, whose young lives were filled with adversity, like David's, or mine, or others, find adulthood a fulfilling and wonderful chance to mend and enhance others lives. I cannot wait to read A Man Called David, and how he came to talk about his son, Stephen, and himself, as a family. I wonder what became of Stephen's mother.......more info
  • Read every Dave Pelzer book
    Read every Dave Pelzer book he writes. He is an exceptional human being. There should be more people like him without having to go through the abuse he endured....more info
  • Sensitive, insightful, and inspirational
    After reading `A Child Called "It"', `The Lost Boy', and `A Man Named Dave', I felt almost as if I knew Dave Pelzer personally. That may seem strange, but after surviving an abusive childhood, I understand his way of thinking, his past insecurities, his need to prove himself, and his willingness to give of himself but being held back by the fear of being rejected. Now, after reading `The Privilege of Youth', which should be read after `The Lost Boy' as something akin to a missing chapter that was significant to Dave's development from a `Lost Boy' to `A Man Named Dave', I still feel the exact same way I felt after completing `A Man Named Dave'. Although `The Privilege of Youth' can be described as a 229 page missing chapter to `The Lost Boy`, that doesn't mean that it's not a completed work on its own.

    The first chapter begins just as the previous three books, with a memory from Dave's past. This memory is about how Dave heard about the death of the man who Dave considered to be the father he never had, Dan Brazell. The rest of the chapter is dedicated to Dave's memory of the last time he saw Dan.

    From the first chapter on, the book continues with Dave recounting the reckless moments of his life, the emotional and revealing conversations he had with his two best friends during his teenage years, and the countless hours he spent slaving away so that when he had to leave foster care at eighteen, he would have enough money to make it in the world. Although Dave supplied a great deal of information about his adventures in Duinsmoore in `The Lost Boy', we get to know even more about them in this instalment in the series. We also get to know more about the people that had such significant and lasting impressions on Dave, such as David Howard, Paul Brazell, the Marshes, the Howards, and the Brazells. What stood out to me most about this book were the conversations Dave had with Dan Brazell and Michael Marsh (Sarge) about his future (these might be described more appropriately as lectures). The conversations Dave had with his friends, David and Paul stood out to me as well.

    As usual, after the epilogue, the book ends with Dave's touching acknowledgements to those that made the creation of the book possible and the time he spent working on it worthwhile. Then there are three pieces written by David Howard, Michael Marsh, and Mrs. Howard on the subject of Duinsmoore and the effect Dave had on the neighbourhood and the people who lived there. The book also includes the standard, but always interesting, Keynotes and About the Author pages.

    This book is written in a way to inspire, amuse, inform, and help the reader heal, no matter what sort of hardships they have faced in their lives. I highly recommend it to anyone who was in the foster care system, had a traumatic past, has read Dave Pelzer's previous books, and/or needs a little guidance to get them through the present. I also recommend it, and the three preceding books in the series, to anyone who is looking to give someone a gift.

    Dave Pelzer has been a role model for survival, overcoming seemingly impossible odds, and has grown into a sensitive, inspiring, insightful, respectable, and loving man who deserves all the happiness in the world for his generosity, compassion and courage. Dave Pelzer's books should be required reading for every single human being. If you haven't yet read one of his books, there's no reason not to and you could never possibly regret doing so. As it says on the Keynotes page at the end of the book, "Dave is a living testament of resilience, faith in humanity, and personal responsibility." He's truly one of the most remarkable human beings who has been brave enough to share his story with the world....more info
  • Inspirational and Heroic
    This book is a great inspirational story about a young man who conquers life obstacles. This book will provide you with the feeling that all things are possible and that no matter what is going on in your life, someone else has it tougher, and someone else has survived worse. In this case it is Dave who has survived worst things than most people. It inspires you because he talks about his struggles and that no matter how hard life gets for him, he will be successful. He truly proves that if you really want to be successful, it can be done.

    This is a story of heroism. He shows his heroism because he always seems to overcome obstacles. He doesn't let anything get him down. He seems to have a mentality that if something doesn't kill him, it only make him stronger. That shows us (the readers) how heroic his thoughts and actions are. I truly recommend this book because it will inspire and make you see life from a different perspective, in a more positive way.
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  • Just Ok
    After reading "A Child Called It" in health class last year, I decided to check out what "A Privilege Of Youth" is about. The start of the book talks about what he was doing before he started the story. After getting past the first chapter of the book, it began to become less interesting and was beginning to get unappealing. It began to become boring after just five minutes of reading it. This book was unenjoyable and I would not recommend it....more info
  • Not his best work
    I have read A Child Called "It", The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave and Help Yourself and I must say that this book was not Dave's best work. The writing did not keep me interested as his other books have. While reading this I felt like the passion just wasn't there. ...more info
  • Gets to the Heart
    Gets to the Heart
    I have read the whole series of books by David Pelzer, each is better than the last. I recommend these books to everyone I know whether they have been abused or not as they lend insight, courage and determination sometimes in the face where none exist. Again, This newest books shows the depth that david Pelzer is.

    Also recommended: Nightmares Echo, All David Pelzer Books, Running With Scissors...more info
  • The Privilege of Youth book review
    The Privilege of Youth by Dave Pelzer,is about Dave Pelzer's life as a teenager.Dave tells in the book what he went through as a teenager.He didn't fit in with the others around him because he was different.He also got beat up a lot for that same reason, because he was different.Dave had a hard life, but later on in his teen years his life began to get easier.
    The Privilege of Youth was an excellent book.I liked the book a lot because Dave got beat up a lot because he was different from the other students around him.Also he didn't know what the "slang words" meant cause he never really had the chance or enough confidence in himself to make friends to find out what those "slang words" meant.He finally found a home where he could feel comfortable and belong.He also makes two friends.Those two boys actually made him feel like he was someone and he belonged.
    I recommend this book to anybody over the age of 15 or anyone who is mature and likes books by the author Dave Pelzer....more info


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