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The Glass Castle 

By: Jeannette Walls

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? Jeannette’s childhood circumstances were atrocious. Her Dad was an alcoholic, when she was three she burned herself cooking hot dogs. Her mom doesn’t seem to really care about her children. They are starving most of the time. Jeannette getting an education though and changing her life around was great to read though,

Did it have adequate representation? Yes, although I would love to see what Jeannette’s siblings thought when these events went on.

Did it teach me something or make me think? Definitely. It totally made me think about how great my life is and how lucky I am to have what I have.

Were the characters memorable? Yes. The characters are all also real people so I think it is hard for the characters not to be memorable.

Was the plot clever? Jeannette’s life and reading about it was an incredible experience. It is also hard to believe that everything that happened in the book was true because it is such an amazing, sometimes heartbreaking story.

Favorite quotes:

  • “Things usually work out in the end.”
    “What if they don’t?”
    “That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.”
  • “You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.”
  • “One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”
  • “Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.”
  • “If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim”
  • “I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.”
  • “I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.”
  • “You didn’t need a college degree to become one of the people who knew what was really going on. If you paid attention, you could pick things up on your own.”
  • “No one expected you to amount to much,” she told me. “Lori was the smart one, Maureen the pretty one, and Brian the brave one. You never had much going for you except that you always worked hard.”

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