By Richard B. Pelzer

This positive follow-up to his "New York instances" bestselling memoir "A Brother's trip" chronicles Pelzer's heartbreaking teenage years as he struggled with the consequences of youth abuse and the way a surrogate family members provided him convenience and wish.

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I stuffed the pistol in my pocket and we left the basement via the garage door. I said good-bye and walked down the street. I could feel the weight of the gun in my pocket. It gave me satisfaction. The walk back to the house I called “home” was almost spiritual. I took notice of the tree paths and the streets leading up to Westmore Hill. I will never see them again, I thought. At the steps to the high school I sat down, feeling the cold stone. I thought back to the house, and the basement. I was happy inside.

Mom was telling them of family members who were buried in the cemetery. As I approached, she stopped short and ordered me back to the car. I felt somehow comfortable as I passed by the angel again, and rubbed my hand on the cold stone. As I did so, I whispered: Thank you. 3 WHERE TO NOW? One of the most important conversations I had with God occurred at the very moment I reached in my pocket for the gun. I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t afraid—I was simply lost. Mom had led the neighbors and anyone else that would listen to believe that I was dangerous and mentally unstable.

At first I always drank with at least one other teen, or a few friends. We hung out in the woods behind a small group of apartments just down the street. There we shared many “firsts”: a first kiss, a first smoke, a first hit off a joint, and even the first sexual experience. But with the move from my hometown in California to a new town, Sandy City, Utah, came my introduction to solitude. I knew no one, no one my age who drank or smoked or did drugs. Sandy City and most of Salt Lake City, most of the state for that matter, was very religious.

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