A Teenager's Journey: Overcoming a Childhood of Abuse : In his New York Times bestseller, A Brother's Journey, Richard B. Pelzer told the horrific story of his childhood: how, after his abused brother Dave left the family, Richard became the target of his mother's vicious anger. In A Teenager's Journey, he chronicles an equally heartbreaking period of his life . . . As Richard turned sixteen, the six-foot, muscular adolescent knew his mother would never physically overpower him again. But her mental and emotional abuse only intensified. Tormented by his hatred of her and an unrelenting need for her love, he sought refuge in heady cocktails of alcohol and cocaine - and succumbed to heroin and attempts at suicide. Then, a ray of hope: neighbors who reached out to him. Yet Richard's struggle - and his redemption - would be his alone.
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