The Lost Boy Themes

Dave Pelzer
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David is on a path of self-discovery from the moment he begins to endure his mother's abuse. There's no doubt that he is anxious to please his mother and father, but he is also searching to find himself. He desperately wants to be "good", but doesn't know how. His bigger path toward self-discovery begins once he's taken from his mother's custody. It will take years for David to learn how to deal with his feelings toward his mother and father. David's path of self-discovery is helped along by his series of foster parents, social workers, teachers, and friends. Some of them know a lot about David, while others know only the bare facts.

David will have to work through many of his issues himself but he desperately wants answers. For example, he asks if he will someday be like his mother. That thought terrifies him and he...

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