The Lost Boy – 1997 – sequel to a child called it

The Lost BoyThe Lost boy is the continuing story that began with A Child Called It. The first chapter kinda stays in the story told in the previous book. Maybe it’s a little more in-depth than the story that was told in A Child Called it. As a whole, I feel that this isn’t filled with descriptions of physical abuse. That doesn’t mean that it’s any easier to understand how a mother can treat her child this way. And even if there’s not that much physical pain there’s a lot of thought from the young David. How he’s learning to cope with society. How he is learning to fit in with the rest of society.

The Lost Boy is the story of how he’s shipped between foster homes and juvenile corrections centers. How he tried to adapt to the environment and all that he wants is to be loved. There’s also a touching essence of how he still seeks the love from his mother. How he still needs to hear those three little words from her. He both realize that this is a lost cause and still he has his hopes high for it to happen.

It’s hard to imagine how it would feel if you don’t have the same experience I think. There’s also still a close connection to his father. To me, this is the biggest betrayal of all towards David. But in this book, the fathers’ persona is developed a bit. It’s insinuated that he had problems when he grew up as well. That might be a reason to why he cannot cope with the situation. Not an excuse mind you, but a reason.

I feel that The Lost Boy affected me more than the first book. It’s better written I think. It keeps the reader steady in control and the chapters are well organized. There’s still a repetitive feel to it but not as much as A Child Called It. It has longer chapters and it container more pages as well. Oh, don’t be afraid, it’s still pretty short and to the point. It’s very easy to read in the perspective that the story is so touching and emotional.

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Tommy Snöberg Söderberg

Autodidact film scholar and music-loving thinker who reads the occasional book.

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