Alone at last we can sin and fight. And I've lost all faith in this blurring light, (Stay right here we can change our plight. Storming through this despite what's right.) One final fight for this tonight. Whoa-oh-oh With knives and pens we made our plight. Lay your heart down, the end's in sight. Conscience begs for you to do what's right. (Everyday it's still the same dull knife, Stab right through and justify your pride.) One final fight for this tonight. Whoa-oh-oh With knives and pens we made our plight. Whoa-oh-oh Well I can't go on without your love that you lost, you never held on. (We tried our best. Turn out the light. Turn out the light!) One final fight for this tonight. Whoa-oh-oh With knives and pens we made our plight. Whoa-oh-oh Well I can't go on without your love that you lost, you never held on. (We tried our best. Turn out the light. Turn out the light!)
I just recently finished A Boy Called It(child abuse), and it strongly reminded me of A Million Little Pieces(drug abuse). However, A Boy Called It was labeled nonfiction, while A Million Little Pieces was classified as fiction. I understand why it is fiction, as the author exaggerated a lot even though it was based on his own personal experience. For example, he only got one or two teeth fixed without drugs to alleviate the pain, but in his book, he described this scene so gruesomely that I felt like I had a horrible toothache.
Therefore, I think A Boy Called It should also be placed under fiction. Though it is also based on a true story, I feel that parts of it are exaggerate. I understand that it was probably traumatizing him, and that it was brave of him and necessary to write this book to spread awareness about the severity of child abuse. However, the extent of the abuse seems excessive, and the whole book was about the abuse he suffered rather than trying to explain his mother's behavior or even introduce her as a character.
After I finished the first book, I was frustrated that it was placed under nonfiction, and looked up the author. There are many criticisms of him, calling him a child-abuse entrepreneur, even coining the term "Pelzermania". Some say that as Pelzer progressed from the first book to the third book, he vilifies his mother more and more and his abuse becomes even more gory, so I am currently reading the second book, The Lost Boy.