The Glass Castle: a memoir you will not want to put down

The Glass CastleIf you ever think you have issues with your own family, or you need inspiration to get out of a bad rut in your life, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the perfect read.

Even though memoirs are subjective and perhaps embellished to make for better story telling, you still have those incredible experiences at the heart. If you forgive any of those embellishments, Walls and her family certainly went through many incredible experiences, to say the least. As I progressed through the book I found myself reading with my mouth hanging open in shock, or yelling at her parents for their countless screw ups. Though at the same time I always felt each incident made the kids stronger and more resilient.

I feel Walls wrote the book without the emotional connection and felt it was important let the reader decide for themselves how to feel based on her actions as a child. Her parents offered up many opportunities for her to lash out, but she often balanced her father’s drunkenness and mother’s scatterbrained behaviour with tidbits of how well-read or educated they both were. It was extremely well pieced so that while you feel anger at their actions, you don’t necessarily feel sorry for them, especially after moving to New York in their later years.

This was a novel I didn’t expect anything from, and after a slow start it eventually picked up and I couldn’t put it down. Walls’ story kept getting more interesting with each page turned. It was an inspiring read that reminds the reader that you don’t get to pick your family, but even through adversity it’s always important to stick with them, and be proud of where you come from because it made you who you are. I give The Glass Castle a 5/5.

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