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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Mar 12, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: People who like watching others get over their struggles.
Read in March, 2008

Jeanette always supports her brilliant father Rex when times are down; she is his “biggest fan”. Together they dream about building a glass castle (which the father has blueprinted down to the inch) and tries to build a machine that digs and finds gold. Rex teaches his four children from reading to star constellations to extreme sharp-shooting all under the age of four. The children rarely go to school because as soon as they settle down its time to up and “skedaddle”, and move to another shack for the time being. But when Rex starts drinking more and more, he weasels money worth weeks of food out of his selfish wife RoseMary and diapers for days. After Jeanette and her older sister Lori have been saving up money for years to be able to escape and move to New York, Rex steals it, making the external conflict greater. But Jeanette also struggles with internal conflict, learning to ignore hunger and root through the school trash, coloring her legs with magic marker so you couldn’t see the holes in her pants and pinning her shoes together.
The Glass Castle is a really slow-moving book at points but I enjoyed it at the beginning. It slowly got more and more depressing throughout the book because of the way they lived and it left me as an unhappy person. I think that Jeanette relate very much to Brian in Hatchet because of their ability to survive and bare hunger. (246)
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Megan I just want to point out that her sister's name is Lori, not Lisa.

Shannon K ahah oh well, it was for a book report like a year ago anyway. But sorry &thanks for noticing- i'll fix it :)

Megan No problem.

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