Book Review: Tell Me Why, Mummy by David Thomas

Ten Word Summary: A sexually abused kid stuggles to survive and find forgiveness.

Wow.

The only time I felt breathless while reading a book was when I read The Life of Pi, which I still consider to be one of the best books of the century. Though this time I was not short on breath from the suspence, but rather from the heartache as I read word after word. It’s definitely not a summer read, then.

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The story is an autobiography, about David’s sexually abused childhood by his mother – a raging alcoholic – and physical abuse from his stepfather. The story starts at his tender age of 4 and the book chronicles his struggle to survive well into his late 20′s and 30s.

The story in itself is a human achievement, with a very happy and overwhlemingly emotional ending. The majority of the story is a morbid moral and social struggle for David, written throught he psyche of each year of his age – from the innocence of a 4 year old, till he becomes sexually aware and understands what’s going on. His struggle with his demons transforms him from an abused child to a convicted criminal and later on, sex addict, to a Guiness holder of memory reciter (he recited up to 22,500 digits of mathematical Pi), a great family person with a successful relationship and a motivational speaker (if you’re interested in hearing the author briefly talk about his book, go here).

Bottom Line: It’s a bit difficult to read through as the topic itself is depressing, but the sense of achievement, and personal closure, towards the end of the book makes it worth picking up.

  • http://kinziblogs.wordpress.com/ kinzi

    KJ, thanks for this book review, on a subject that is important to me. I look forward to finding it and reading it.

  • http://kinziblogs.wordpress.com/ kinzi

    KJ, thanks for this book review, on a subject that is important to me. I look forward to finding it and reading it.

  • http://7akifadi.com/ 7aki Fadi

    Wow! Thanks for the review.

  • http://7akifadi.com 7aki Fadi

    Wow! Thanks for the review.

  • http://alwaysnumb-me.blogspot.com/ Sou-0ne-Canobee

    I know what you mean a while back I read a book talking about the same thing called A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer It was so depressing and yet so encouraging and making you feel how trivial our problems seem sometimes.
    However I could not and still can’t believe that a parent would do that to their own flesh and blood. Although I try not to be shocked by how cruel we can be to each other though *Not working yet though*

  • http://alwaysnumb-me.blogspot.com/ Sou-0ne-Canobee

    I know what you mean a while back I read a book talking about the same thing called A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer It was so depressing and yet so encouraging and making you feel how trivial our problems seem sometimes.
    However I could not and still can’t believe that a parent would do that to their own flesh and blood. Although I try not to be shocked by how cruel we can be to each other though *Not working yet though*

  • Anonymous

    kinzi -
    I know you will enjoy it :)

    7aki -
    Welcome!

    Sou -
    Some parents are sick. In this case, his mom is actually quite supportive and you really feel the love between them. When she’s drunk though, she’s a totally different character.

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    kinzi -
    I know you will enjoy it :)

    7aki -
    Welcome!

    Sou -
    Some parents are sick. In this case, his mom is actually quite supportive and you really feel the love between them. When she’s drunk though, she’s a totally different character.

  • http://omars2cents.blogspot.com/ Omar

    I’m amazed by people who could pull their lives together after such a bad childhood. I imagine the book would be too painful to read and would haunt your thoughts well after you read it.

  • http://omars2cents.blogspot.com Omar

    I’m amazed by people who could pull their lives together after such a bad childhood. I imagine the book would be too painful to read and would haunt your thoughts well after you read it.

  • http://www.waltsense.com/ Waltsense

    That does sound like a touching book although I will NOT be bringing that to my beach vacation. Need something a little lighter that won’t depress me but I will place it in my books to read. Thanks and love the site – great design.

  • http://www.waltsense.com Waltsense

    That does sound like a touching book although I will NOT be bringing that to my beach vacation. Need something a little lighter that won’t depress me but I will place it in my books to read. Thanks and love the site – great design.

  • Haitham

    Oh! The cover page can tell u everything =(

  • Haitham

    Oh! The cover page can tell u everything =(

  • dubai jazz

    Thanks for the review, KJ.

    btw, was he by any chance autistic or sufferer of asperger syndrome? I’ve read once, in a book written by a similar guy, that most modern day savants are autistic. It seems the disorder gives them a particular ability to store and retrieve information. Go figure.

  • dubai jazz

    Thanks for the review, KJ.

    btw, was he by any chance autistic or sufferer of asperger syndrome? I’ve read once, in a book written by a similar guy, that most modern day savants are autistic. It seems the disorder gives them a particular ability to store and retrieve information. Go figure.

  • Reema

    I’m definitly going to read it

    have you read lovely bones?

  • Reema

    I’m definitly going to read it

    have you read lovely bones?

  • Lanacain

    it is very heart breaking and it make u cry

  • monika

    amazing book !

  • guest

    really good but sad book

  • Liliana

    I just finished reading your book and im speechless, overwhelmed for you.  David you are extrodinary in every sense of the world.  I threw up when i first started reading it and wanted to put the book away. Throw the book away, but i wanted and hoped you would be alright.  God bless you.  Unbelieveable.

  • Reese

    I read the David Pelzer series & you are right, just heartbreaking

  • Cheeky

    Just finished this book. Shocking story of abuse but the biggest issue is the unanswered….Why?

  • Aiman

    I was shocked myself when I read the book. Some children are so unfortunate to have such a bad life if only kids spoke soon as it was happening to them. It’s so bluddy unfair what they go through my heart bleeds for such children. I hope those parents rott in hell.