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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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The Glass Castle By Jeanette Walls

Overall: A Better Than Average Memoir

The Glass Castle By Jeanette Walls , was something I was forced to read in English 102. It’s a memoir and typically I hate memoirs, and any memoir is far from my first choice of reading material. I have always viewed true stories are generally boring and as I began to read the pages, I have to say this. It’s not that bad.

The book is the author’s recollection of growing up in a family where the parents have no jobs and refuse to get any. The mother dreams of being a famous artist. The father dreams of finding gold, and building fictional Glass Castle that he always tells Jeanette about. Jeanette has two sisters and one brother. And they all live where they can with no cost. Often times the kids sleep in card board boxes, starve on occasions, and shop lift just to get by. And through out book the dad becomes more of a alcoholic, keeping any gambling money for his self. The mother progressively becomes more and more self absorbed. And these kid do a number of things to survive.

In most smoothie reviews, I list the good and bad. But it’s hard to do that on a true story of this woman’s life. She couldn’t change the book in any way, so instead, I’m going to say why someone should read this book. This is one of those books where you’ll feel sorry for the main character. And it does hook the reader. There are parts where you will get so mad at the parents that you wish you could find out where these people are living and give them a good punch for neglecting their kids. Then there are parts where they have nothing and they are happy and simple, making you wish that life was that easy. It really tugs your emotions and that’s why it’s so different. It’s such a unusual child hood.

I would suggest this book to anyone. I know there’s people who like dramas about hardships and things coming together again. This is for you.

2 ½ smoothies out of four.

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