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By Richard B. Pelzer

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 family members provided him convenience and desire.

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A Teenager's Journey: Overcoming a Childhood of Abuse

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

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A few nights before, I had been in the basement, reflecting on my life—on the child I had been and the events that had shaped who I had become. The basement had always been a place I wished I could forget. Its concrete walls held all the emotions, fears, and tears of the little boys—me and my brother David—captured and forced down there and abused. Those concrete walls held the secrets that only a few knew about. It was as if the emotions that had been absorbed in the concrete were what held the foundations together.

Often those apparitions would reappear in my dreams, but that one night, a few nights before, the ghosts were telling me to accept the fact that I was no longer that scared little boy. As I got older, and felt I understood something about what had been happening to me, to an extent I was able to let go of it. But those experiences had not disappeared. Much like many apparitions will do, they reappeared when I least expected it. Now I was a teenager, and one thing I did know: I’d seen more misery than any child should have to, and I wanted it all to end.

Before long I made it to Jonathan’s house. I rang the doorbell, knowing in my heart that everything would be all right. His father answered the door, and I asked if his son was able to speak to me. He invited me into the house, and Jonathan came into the hallway and motioned for me to follow him downstairs. In the corner of the basement was a small cabinet with a few pistols and rifles. “If your dad finds out, there’ll be serious trouble,” I said. “I’ve done it before,” he replied smugly. He had little concern about selling one of his father’s guns without his knowledge.

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