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The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.
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In “The Glass Castle” Jeannette Walls chronicles her life through stories of living with her family that refuses to live within the boundaries of what society deems normal or even acceptable. We see her catch on fire while cooking hotdogs alone as a toddler, be thrown from a moving vehicle, taught how to swim by being continuously dropped into a sulfer lake, go “demon hunting” in the desert, live in an abandoned depot, play hide-and-seek in. . .

Montana-Jonassen-Armstrong0 casinos, watch a piano get dragged through their house, borderline run the school newspaper, interview a famous airforce pilot, and eventually move to New York to make her own way. This is all of course alongside some pretty terrible neglect and abuse. From seeing her father drunk nearly every day, watching her parents nearly kill each other multiple times, being sexually assaulted by a fair few people and having to do odd work constantly to. . . 1mo
Montana-Jonassen-Armstrong0 get basic necessities like heating and food for as often as possible for her and her siblings because her parents refuse to get, let alone keep jobs. This is all told very effectively through a first person point of view as a memoir, giving the story a greater sense of credibility. If you like books that are honest and raw in the stories they tell, are dark with a dry sense of comedy to them, this book is for you. 1mo
MissYaremcio Thanks for the review Montana! 6/6 1mo
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rydersenneker
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This book is very good. From the beginning to the end we follow jeannette from her childhood all through out her life. It is a very interesting story and some of the things she had to go through were very terrible. If you like books that look more into peoples personal lives I would definitely read this one. The pov is first person and the author establishes this through telling the story through her own eyes at every point in her life

MissYaremcio Thanks for the review Ryder - I would have just liked more in the summary! 4.5/6 1mo
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george.sedra
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The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, is a memoir that portrays a dysfunctional family which consists of Jeannette, her siblings (Bryan, Lori, and later Maureen), her alcoholic father Rex, and her selfish mother Rose Mary. The siblings must learn to take care of themselves as a result of their care free parents. Jeannette writes about her rough childhood, families troubles, the family‘s search for home, and their journey to building the glass

george.sedra castle, which was only a symbol of the family stability that they never achieved. After countless years of abuse, Jeannette and her sister Lori decide to escape from their lifestyle and move to New York to develop a better life for themselves. After growing to become functional adults, their father Rex dies and this causes Jeannette to divorce her husband, who is a character foil of Rex, and reflect on who she has become, and who she really is. 1mo
george.sedra If you love books that are about Atypical families, drama, and family relationships, then this book is for you! 1mo
george.sedra Jeannette writes this memoir in first person point of view. Jeannette talks about her childhood in the story from her perspective. She establishes this by using personal pronouns and also by starting the memoir off in her adult life and then she begins to talk about her childhood. 1mo
MissYaremcio Thanks for the review George! 6/6 1mo
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The glass castle is a memoir about Jeannette walls and all the hardships she had to go through. With being neglected and mentally abused by her parents she tries to take on the world and all it is. She breaks through and takes charge into making her own decisions and follow her dreams.

Teagan.skretting If you like books that shows real life struggles, and the importance of family and sticking to what is right, you should read this book ! 1mo
Teagan.skretting Glass castle is written in first person point of view, this is established through the in depth details she gives about the traumatic incidents that have happened to her and her family. The author Jeannette walls tells us her thoughts and what she sees through the time of events. This helps captivate the story much more and let us as the readers almost live through her challenges and memories. 1mo
MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Teagan! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls which showcases and discusses in the moment the adversities that she and her family face, both internally and externally. If you like books where the main character finally realizes the harsh reality they are in and does something about it (and succeeds), you will love The Glass Castle. Jeannette Walls narrates the story of her traumatic childhood. As the story progresses, we see Jeannette growing -

inigolats from her childlike innocence which hinders her at first, into a mature Jeannette which finally makes the decision to “escape“ together with two of her siblings from her family and their lifestyle. The story is told in first person point of view and uses sensory details to further immerse the audience into her story. (edited) 1mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Isaiah! 6/6 1mo
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This is the second half of my review on Glass Castle. This memoir is a must-read if you enjoy stories about resilience in the face of adversity and self-determination. In the story I left off with the family arriving in Welch. Life wasn't going to be any easier in Welch, and the children started to understand why Rex didn‘t want to return to his hometown. Jeannette struggled to make friends and took an interest in the school newspaper.

Cole Emes After years of suffering and seeing no change in the near future the kids decided to take matters into their own hands; a escape fund called Oz. Rex steals the first amount but this doesn‘t stop the kids. Lori is the first to take off to the Big Apple; Jeannette after her then Brian and then finally Maureen. Rex and Rose Mary eventually followed their kids to New York as well. 1mo
Cole Emes Her parents lived on the streets of NYC but because of their pride and arrogant mindset would not accept any charity, not even Christmas presents. Jeannette made a life for herself and her but still struggled with self acceptance because of her tragic past and with her parents on the streets. They served as a reminder of where she came from. 1mo
Cole Emes After Rex‘s death, Jeannette was able to come to terms with her relationships and live a much more happier life. The Glass Castle was written in first-person narrative. Jeannette Walls establishes this by using pronouns such as I, me, we, our, etc. This memoir is truly touching and I would recommend it to almost anyone. 1mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Cole! PUPPY PICS ARE THE BEST! 6/6 1mo
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In these next sections in Welch, we learnt that Jeannette and her family have finally found her own home in Welch instead of living with her Dads parents. We learn basically the house that they are living in is not really a house at all, it‘s basically shambles as the roof leaks when it rains, animals get in the house, there front steps are falling apart and so on. One of the incidents that happens in the

Rachel_Penner house is a rat is seen in the kitchen then eventually in Maureen‘s bed scaring her very badly therefore from then on Maureen is so scared she finds refuge from the neighbours and her friends. From the very beginning we also learn Jeannette and her family have been receiving much hate and they have been getting bullied especially from a kid named Ernie and his gang. We know she and Brian, her brother, have taken on many fights with the gang, and 1mo
Rachel_Penner once won. Along with those hardships we know Jeannette‘s Dad has been leaving lots recently and not returning home but then one night Jeannette‘s Dad came home with a cut open arm that she eventually has to sew up, though she doesn‘t want to. Because Jeannette‘s Dad had been leaving so often the kids were going back to hunting for food 1mo
Rachel_Penner . Along with the food hunting they had to go through a really hard season of winter. They always got so cold and but Jeannette tried to just get through without complaining. We also learn that her grandmother Erma died. After that Rex went to bars even more and Jeannette would have to go searching for him. We know that Stanley and Jeannette‘s Grandfather Ted, move out of their old house 1mo
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Rachel_Penner and into somewhere with a bath. One day when Jeannette goes over to get clean her Uncle Stanley touches her inappropriately, she decides never to go there again. As the kids were still looking for food that found an old ring which they wanted to sell for money yet Rosemary keeps the ring for herself. Jeannette wants Rosemary to leave Rex in hopes of a better lifestyle, yet Rosemary refuses. Jeannette became friends with Dinitia and 1mo
Rachel_Penner they went swimming together. One significant thing that happens is someone from child services comes to check up on Jeannette and her family hey Jeannette is home alone and encourages that her life is good and her parents are well. She then after tells her 1mo
Rachel_Penner Mom she needs to get a job. Rosemary finally got a job, and a budget was made but they eventually were doing the same as they were before. Dinitia is now pregnant and so Jeannette isn‘t friends with her anymore because she went to jail for stabbing the guy who made her pregnant. At this time Jeannette was in grade seven and she became a school reporter. That summer Lori went away to 1mo
Rachel_Penner summer camp and Rosemary to renew her teaching diploma. So Jeannette was in charge of money but in the end Rex knew what to do to get what he wanted so he got some of the money therefore throwing off Jeannette‘s budget so he could get alcohol. Jeannette then got a job at a jewelry store to help care for her family. When Lori came home she realized she wanted to leave Welch so her and 1mo
Rachel_Penner Jeannette start an escape fund after Jeannette also decides she wants to leave because she gets punished for trying to tell her Mom to help around for once, and actually be a Mom. Finally they decide to go to New York but the money that had been saving up was stolen by Rex, but once they got more money Lori was sent off and Jeannette was soon to follow. Jeannette joined the school newspaper in tenth grade. In 11th grade Jeannette (edited) 1mo
Rachel_Penner decided to move to New York to finish high-school in New York, and despite her fathers plead she goes anyways.
In this section Jeannette is in New York now and she has finished up high school and is now going to college. Lori and Jeannette encourage Brian to come to New York so he does. Jeannette got phone calls from her parents and she eventually realized Maureen needed to come and get away from Welch.
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Rachel_Penner After all the kids moved away so did Rex and Rosemary but they moved to New York to be a family again. Jeannette struggles with telling the truth that her parents were homeless. After living in New York awhile Rex got tuberculosis and survived. After living in New York awhile Brian became a police officer and Lori a comic 1mo
Rachel_Penner book illustrator and Maureen was in high-school. Jeannette couldn‘t finish college because she couldn‘t pay the whole tuition but then Rex came through and got her money to be able to finish. Jeannette graduated from college but Rex didn‘t come because she didn‘t want him to disrupt anything. Jeannette‘s parents got a new run down pace that was just like the place in Welch. Jeannette was living with her boyfriend Eric but then got 1mo
Rachel_Penner married and lived with him now. Rosemary says she wants to keep a family piece of land in the family and asks Jeannette to pay for it but she doesn‘t. After this we learn Maureen is going crazy living with her parents again so she stabs Rosemary and after being in the hospital went to California to get away. After this we learn that Rex have got a heart attack and had died. 1mo
Rachel_Penner Jeannette tried to distract herself by ice skating. A year after Rex died she divorced Eric, as he wasn‘t the right guy for her.
In this section Jeannette ended up getting remarried and has a stepdaughter now and he invited her family over for thanksgiving. They toasted Rex for all the fun times and learn Maureen might come to visit.
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Rachel_Penner This book is a good book as I found myself wanting to continue reading it because I wanted to see how things turned out for Jeannette and her family. I liked this book because even though there was so many hardships and hurt Jeannette was able to try to see things in a positive light and I think that‘s really resilient of her. I also like books that are hard but they try to end on a good note like how Jeannette made a good life for 1mo
Rachel_Penner herself and still tries to get together with her family.

I believe the themes for the whole entire book is definitely family. As through all the tough times the family seemed to get back together again and plowed through the many difficult times together. The siblings still seem to stick together to this day. I would also say the
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Rachel_Penner theme is definitely resiliency because of how Jeannette through all her childhood had such a tough life but still manages to conquer through the hard times and tries to live a good life. 1mo
Rachel_Penner I am rating it as a so-so because I don‘t usually read books with say sexual assault or just really hard things, like the domestic abuse. Some of it was like hard to read at some points as it was kind of uncomfortable for me to read. Not that it made me not like the book it was just hard to read during those parts. I really liked reading the book though as it kept me interested and I wanted to keep reading. So it was a good book, I just don‘t know 1mo
Rachel_Penner If I‘d read it again. The types of books that I really like are books by Janette Oke. So this was definitely different that what I‘m used to reading. But it was an encouraging book! I think it could help people realize they can get through anything even if it‘s really hard. (edited) 1mo
Rachel_Penner I found this picture on google by the way! lol 1mo
MissYaremcio Thanks for the honest review Rachel! I like having students read serious things in Grade 12 because they are mature enough to handle it - and I know that it is one that you will remember! 6/6 1mo
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This half of the book is a whirlwind of emotions! The Wells family fell apart, and came back together (sort of) over the span of many years in tragic ways and shows that it is truly very hard to escape your past. This is the part of the book that gave the story behind the first scene of the book as well. This section shows the contrasts between the lives of each family member and highlights who thrived and who fell apart in the end of the story…

EllaMulroy …If you like books that keep you on the edge of your seat filled with suspense and unexpected turns, this is a great read for you! The Glass Castle is written in first person point of view through the eyes of Jeannette Walls. The author establishes this point of view not only through the use of “I, me, we, etc.” but also through the explanation of the events within the book from a essential/main character within the story line! 1mo
MissYaremcio Thanks for the review Ella! 6/6 1mo
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The glass castle is an adventurous,thought proving this is a memoir about how Jeannette walls life was.This memoir shows us what life should be like and why kids need to be taken care of while in there childhood.The second half of the book proves to us and reinforces the idea of child abuse. And that you are in control of your own life as you get older and there is always hope even if your childhood was not ideal.

RyderBittman Jeannette Walls establishes this perspective by using pronouns such as I, me, we, our, etc. First person is an excellent point of view to write from, especially when depicting personal experiences, which is why I believe this piece of literature is so powerful. This technique helped establish a rapport between the author and the reader. 1mo
RyderBittman If you like books that represent real life concepts. Or adventure book you will most likely really enjoy the plot of this real story. 1mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Ryder! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle is the journey of Jeannette Walls learning to achieve self-determination after years of neglect and mental abuse from her borderline bipolar mother and alcoholic father. Their unreliability caused her to take ahold of her destiny and break the cycle of poverty and glass ceiling over women in the society of that time.

Hudson Her ascent to success after leaving the small, impoverished town of Welch for the big and opportunistic city of New York. Her hard working and determined mindset, molded by her trauma, led to her fulfilling the great destiny God set out for her. 1mo
Hudson If you like books that center around breaking glass ceilings then you will love this book! 1mo
Hudson This book is written in first person point of view. It is established by retelling her experiences without hindsight. Jeanette Walls only tells us her thoughts at the time of the events rather than her reflective thoughts. I makes the story much more captivating because it has us wondering what is next to come and feel like we too are living through these challenges. 1mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Hudson! Thanks for catching on to the “glass ceiling“ message! 6/6 1mo
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“The Glass Castle” is a touching book about Jeannette Walls and her journey of childhood and almost unbelievable experiences. Jeannettes father is a heavy alcoholic which gets in the way of the entire family and her mother is a teacher that doesn‘t like to teach and would rather chase after her dream of being an artist than be an actual parent.

Austinbelcourt Jeannette also has 3 siblings her older sister Lori who is quite easily a genius her younger brother Brian who is very capable with his hands and her younger sister Maureen who was always off with other family‘s. If you like books that are based off of true story‘s that make you feel fortunate for living a normal life then Glass Castle is the exact book you are looking for. 1mo
Austinbelcourt The point of view the story is told in is first person point of view and is established as you can tell she has a bias as someone would have been more critical to the living conditions if she was not the one telling the story, also the fact that the story is a memoir 1mo
MissYaremcio Great work! I like that you chose a picture of their family too! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle was a very real life story that visualizes the life Jeannette Walls lived in poverty. If you like books that are realistic and easy to find connection within, you will like this book. The Glass Castle was written in first point of view (Jeannette‘s view) of her life growing up. Jeannette established this point of view by writing how she felt in situations, and showing us her perspective of the issues in her family.

meganhanlon Jeannette focused on keeping an optimistic view. Instead of letting the hard things in her life hold her back, she took action and used them as motivation to create a better life for herself. 1mo
MissYaremcio Thanks for the review Megan! I would have liked a bit more about the summary, but overall great work! 5.5/6 1mo
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annika.verge
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At this point in the book, the family has just moved to Welch. Welch is where the father (Rex Walls) grew up and his family stills lives there. Welch is a hillbilly town full of judgemental people that our main character, Jeannette, feels like she does not belong in. Jeannette‘s distaste for not only Welch but the life that would follow if she stayed, sparks her motivation to get out and move to New York City.

annika.verge In New York City, Jeannette lives the life she could have only dreamed about as a child. If you like books that show unique family dynamics and leading yourself to a better life. The book is written is first person POV, specifically Jeannette‘s, as the pronouns ‘I‘ and ‘we‘ are used. 1mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Annika! Your dog is so picturesque! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle was a fantastic read, it dives in through the life of a girl and all the hardship and struggles she‘s had to experience and endure. We learn about her hard past and struggles though life with poverty. And how despite all of it she‘s been able to push through and make something of her life despite not having great influence. If you like books that are dreary but sweet this book would be a perfect match for you.

Nancyreimer The point of view Jeannette Walls narrates in the first person, describing the events of her childhood. She describes her thoughts and emotions at the time instead of offering insight from her adult self and she takes us through the book with her as if it was her at that exact moment in time through her eyes. 1mo
Nancyreimer She uses the pronouns “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us,” in order to tell a story from the her perspective. She is the protagonist relaying her experiences. 1mo
MissYaremcio I think the description of “dreary but sweet“ was the best description for this book! 6/6 1mo
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After reading the entire book my opinions have changed a little bit. I do like the book a bit more and I have more sympathy for the characters more specifically Rex. We start to see how Rex is trapped in his situation and how tragic it truly is. One scene that stuck out to me was the passage that described Rex getting put into the hospital and getting sober for a little. He got sober for a bit and made a life for himself but was dragged back down

Hudson wells by none other then his own wife. He got out of poverty but was pulled back in by one of the only people that was supposed to love him. If you like books that do a very good job at character development you will like this book. The book is written if first person point of view and it expresses this by focusing in on the emotions that Jeannette feels in the moments of the events. Overall I think that this book does a good job at tying up loose ends 1mo
Hudson wells and creating a sense of sympathy for the characters in a way that doesn‘t make the reader feel overly sad. I think that this feeling of sympathy without sadness is what Jeanette wanted and I also think that this book did what it was tasked with flawlessly. 1mo
MissYaremcio I agree, Rex is a sad character and the second half of the novel really allows that empathy to develop! Great work overall! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle is a memoir about Jeannette Walls, a young girl who has been living in poverty throughout her entire childhood. During the rest of the book, Jeannette explores how her upbringing has impacted her, and shows how it‘s important to never let your rough past define your future. If you‘re a fan of books with themes of perseverance, abuse, alcoholism, and overcoming hardships, then this would be a good book for you.

Ally.Kortt This book is told in first person point of view because it‘s told entirely from Jeannette‘s perspective. She establishes this by giving us insight into her own thoughts as the story goes on and you never get to see what anyone else is thinking. 1mo
MissYaremcio Thanks for the review! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle is a narrative story following a young girl and her family who live in absolute poverty. She follows them across America as she comes to terms with the reality of her family‘s situation, and is left to determine the best course of action for her self-preservation. This book explores the relationship between poverty and mental health such as asking how poverty can cause mental illness, and mental illness can cause poverty.

Kathryne Were her parents unstable before they fell victim, or did their poor living conditions cause their illness? Whatever the case, the novel leaves the audience with a question: at what point should kids become independent and personally responsible for their own lives? Jeannette and her siblings grow up in a highly manipulative and destructive world that they must learn to recognize and break free of.
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Kathryne If you like books that are provocative and question social norms, this book is for you!

This book is told in the first person POV as we follow the growing Jeannette discovering the world around her. We gain access to her own thoughts and personal epiphanies, as the author uses techniques such as character development which allows us to see Jeannette grow as the book progresses.
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Kathryne The author's clear description of only Jeannette's ideas and thoughts allows us to identify quickly how she is the main narrator and provides the point of view.

Have a great day! :D
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MissYaremcio Nicely done Kathryne! Also fabulous set up! 6/6 1mo
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“The Glass Castle” is a tragic memoir written by Jeannette Walls. In her memoir she leads us through the emotional journey of her life that touches on harsh topics of family drama, poverty, and non-conformance— and she addresses the resulting trauma of those reoccurring themes in her life. Throughout her life she moves to numerous different places, all in which she learns a new life lesson, and we see her lose her innocence more and more each time

alyssajorgensen there‘s a change in environment. In each new place, she struggles through the life of poverty that her parents have chosen for her and her siblings, which results in them having an abnormal view of life. Her family does not listen to the conforms of society, but they rather play life by ear and listen to their own rules. (2) 1mo
alyssajorgensen This causes them to be a little detached from reality, which is a struggle that Jeannette has to deal with throughout her entire life. We see her go from a naive young girl who idolizes her parents, especially her father, to a strong young woman who takes lead of her own life and turns her life around. When she is a teenager, she decides that she can no longer live her life in the illusion of the glass castle, (3) 1mo
alyssajorgensen she needs to take hold of her talents and create new opportunities and realities for herself and her future family. She makes the decision to move to New York City, where she eventually becomes a successful writer and completely turns her life around— however she still keeps her roots and family close to her. If you like books that talk about dealing with childhood trauma and having to find new ways to live your life that completely stray from (4) 1mo
alyssajorgensen the way you‘ve been raised, then you would really enjoy this book! Jeannette Walls has decided to write this book in first person point of view, but she has an interesting take on it because at all points of the book she‘s focusing on her thoughts and feelings that she had at the time, instead of including any input of the knowledge and wisdom of her adult life. (5) 1mo
MissYaremcio Fabulously done Alyssa! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls that tells us about her dysfunctional childhood and her traumatic upbringing. Throughout the book we learn about her chaotic family dynamics as we hear about her adventures to a variety of different places with different environments. Jeannette explores how poverty impacted her life, and the importance of perseverance in difficult and trying times. (part 1)

mady.kocsis If you like books that explore the topics of poverty, alcoholism, addiction, and nonconformance, then this book is for you. The POV of this book is first person as it‘s from Jeannette‘s perspective. She gives vivid imagery while describing her own experiences throughout her life. (part 2) 1mo
MissYaremcio Great work Mady! 6/6 1mo
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The Glass Castle is a striking journal of flexibility and recovery, and an impactful view at a family profoundly broken and remarkably lively. At the point when sober, Jeannette's splendid and magnetic dad taught his children' creative mind, showing them physical science, geography, and how to embrace life to the fullest without looking back.
If you like books that portray social issues you will find that the glass castle explores conditions of

Jamet vagrancy, liquor misuse, separation, emotional well-being issues, physical and sexual maltreatment.

The point of view from Jeannette Walls describes in first person, depicting the occasions of her experience growing up. She centers around her viewpoints
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Jamet and feelings at the time as opposed to offering knowledge and investigation from her grown-up self. She detaches all emotion when telling the story to further the impact of it not being deserving to her from such a young age. 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Talayna!! 6/6 1mo
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In the amount I have read in this book so far, we have been learning about Jeannettes child hood. How she lived, where she lived, her family dynamics and how she interacts differently with each member of her family. If you like books that are memoirs you would like this one. One theme that is present in The Glass Castle is family poverty, we see this with where they live, how they live and how many times her father switches jobs

MissYaremcio Thanks Ryder! 6/6 2mo
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If you like books that have a child growing and pulling itself out of a bad upbringing as the child grows older, you‘re in luck, The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls in which she tells the story of her extremely traumatic childhood. We get to see her thought process during and after every event that occurs as well as how she deals with it as she grows with her family. A theme from the book is resilience, the Walls endures as-

inigolats much as they can, enduring adversity, all while running from some bill collectors. 2mo
MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Isaiah! 6/6 2mo
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Jasonator
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The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeanette Walls that focuses on her family (specifically her dad and mom), and her childhood “adventures“ so to speak. I'm this memoir, we see Jeannette and her siblings learn to take on the labors of their dysfunctional/irresponsible parents in order to chase their fathers dream of finding a Glass Castle.
If you love books that tap into the vivid imagery of a characters experiences, this book does more than suffice.

Jasonator This book had a perfect blend of charm and chaos that allows you to truly visualize the tribulations Jeannete and her siblings had to endure from their parents (Rex Walls and Rose Mary). From burning herself at three, to being flung out of a car by her own farther, Jeannette has gone through more than what most children would ever experience as a child. Furthermore, these experiences indirectly shaped a fierce warrior of a child such as Jeannette. 2mo
Jasonator This drives home the theme of pererverance and resilience in this book. As we read, we are sent on a mental rollercoaster of emotions; pain, glee, detest, and optimism, brought from the egregious events confronted by Jeannete and her siblings in order to survive in the world their dad created. The resilience (or as some may say “childhood obliviance“) creates hope and optimism for a better days to come which should be emulated by us, the readers. 2mo
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Glass Castle is an amazing autobiography of the writers life and all the hardships she has gone through to get to where she is now. Jeanette Walls had to undergo heaping piles of trauma that changed all of her thoughts on the word she lived in. Her parents are very free spirited and let her and her siblings pretty much do whatever they want, when Walls was three she accidentally lit herself on fire by cooking hotdogs by herself un supervised.

Teagan.skretting This just shows how her parents are not very parent material. Throught out the first couple chapters the Walls family moved to a bunch of new places to escape their Dad's secrets and fears. This ultimately puts a big strain on the family nd their dynamic.
If you like books that have true and sad stories as well as real life problems then you will like this book.
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Teagan.skretting One of the themes in this novel is, growing up and perseverance. Throughout the novel we see Jeanette growing up in a very unsteady home life, and how through it all she starts to grow up and stops believing everything she is told. I do believe that she is growing up way too fast and should have more mentally stable parents. 2mo
Teagan.skretting As for perseverance, the novel shows that although the Walls family struggles with a lot of problems within their own life they are able to make it through and do it without showing any type of emotions towards these problems. 2mo
MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Teagan! 6/6 2mo
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The Glass Castle is a memoir about the life of Jeannette Walls as she and her siblings struggle through poverty, intentionally living as the outcasts of society because of the ideals of non-conformity put into place by their negligent parents.

Ally.Kortt Throughout the story so far, Jeannette reveals her experiences of all of the hardships her and her family has had to endure throughout her childhood, partaking in constant travelling due to the fact that they never have a place to call home for very long. (Part 2) 2mo
Ally.Kortt If you‘re a fan of memoirs, books about dysfunctional families, or the strength of overcoming adversity, then this is a book for you. (Part 3) 2mo
Ally.Kortt A theme shown throughout the book is resilience because there are many stories in the book where Jeannette has had to quickly overcome difficult situations, like how the family is constantly on the move from place to place all the time. One example is when they were forced to leave Phoenix and could only take one item with them each. (Part 4) 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Ally! Your dog has the cutest smile! 6/6 2mo
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The Glass Castle is a very personal story. If you like being shown characters emotions and seeing the struggles they have encountered in their life firsthand then you should read this book. I would recommend this book because it is consistently interesting, and there are not very many “plain” parts in it.

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Megan - I would have liked more in the summary, and you were missing a theme and how it is developed. 3/6 2mo
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Montana-Jonassen-Armstrong0
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In this book Jeanette Walls details stories from her past, living with parents who prefer a not so typical life style. Some of her stories include catching on fire while cooking hot dogs unsupervised as small child, as well as subsequently being broken out of the hospital, falling out the back of a moving car, got stuck in a burning shed, had a homeless man break into her family‘s house, was beat daily at school (one of the few times she (cont)

Montana-Jonassen-Armstrong0 was put in school) all while living with a drunk father and “rebellious” mother. If you like books like Anastasia: the last grand duchess by Carolyn Meyer you will love this book 2mo
MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Montana! You were just missing a theme and how it is established. 4/6 2mo
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Hudson
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The Glass Castle is an autobiographical novel about the author, Jeannette Walls, and her impoverished childhood. The book follows the inconceivable events of her life which she re-tells in a detached and unbothered manner. We as the reader begin to understand how dysfunctional her life and family truly were, and how these traumatic events were interpreted through the innocent scope of a child.

Hudson If you like books that deepen your understanding of the problems “the average joe” experiences in poverty, I would recommend you give The Glass Castle a try. 2mo
Hudson A common theme in this novel is coming of age. In the book we see Jeanette having to set aside her blissful innocence at a young age in order to endure the difficult realities that loom over her life. 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Hudson! 6/6 2mo
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The Glass Castle Summary
Pages 1-154, as that‘s all I‘ve read up to so far.

In the first section, A Women on the street, we see Jeannette all grown up going to attend a party, though when she sees her homeless Mother, she ducks down to hide from her. Later, she takes her Mom for dinner, and asks if she can help her in anyway, her Mom refused, and tells Jeannette her values are all confused.
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Rachel_Penner In the next section, The Desert, we see many memories from Jeannette‘s childhood. We learn Jeannette‘s earliest memory of when she is caught on fire when making hotdogs, and she was burnt terribly. When she was in the hospital for a while, her Father, Rex Walls, came and took her from the hospital. 2mo
Rachel_Penner After that experience Jeannette is interested in fire, though still afraid of it. Then Jeannette and her family, Lori, her sister, Brian, her brother, and parents Rex and Rosemary Walls, start the move. We learn that the Walls family is always skedaddling, once something goes wrong for them. 2mo
Rachel_Penner Also we are introduced to the idea of the glass castle, that Jeannette‘s father says he is going to build. I learned about how Rex Walls is very smart and has many ideas for him and his family, that seem to rarely end up becoming true. 2mo
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Rachel_Penner Some memories of Jeannette‘s parents last are brought up, such as how Jeannette‘s parents met and how they had lost a baby, Mary Charlene, and that is why Rex Walls drinks. Once again they do the skedaddle, because of how Rex walls was playing poorly in the card game blackjack, in a place they were staying. Then Rosemary Walls, Jeannette‘s mother gets pregnant again. 2mo
Rachel_Penner The story of how Jeanette and her family were gifted stars, and her the planet Venus, as Christmas presents, is told. Then the walls family moved to Blythe, and Maureen was born! But then they skedaddled again. Then they moved to battle mountain, where Jeannette made her rock collection. 2mo
Rachel_Penner Then when Jeannette was eight years old, she was sexually assaulted by an 11 year old boy named Billy Deel, so then the Walls family skedaddled again. They then moved to Phoenix, which was where Rosemary walls mother had lived, before she died.Rosemary was given her One of her Moms home, so the Walls family lived there for awhile. 2mo
Rachel_Penner In phoenix a memory about one of Jeannettes birthday is told. As a birthday present, she wishes for Rex to stop drinking, though he tries he goes right back at it. Rex Walls has a terrible drinking problem, as many times we see, when he is drunk, that he mishandles his wife, and more. 2mo
Rachel_Penner Things were going well there till Rex lost his job and the parents were getting bored in phoenix, so they left and moved to West Virginia, Welch, where Rex walls parents live. 2mo
Rachel_Penner In this section, In Welch, The children got enrolled in school, and they had some problems with bullying, but then it went away as Jeannette helped a little black boy, and the one bully, which was a black girl, stopped bullying Jeannette. In one memory, Rex and Rosemary go back to phoenix to retrieve some things they left behind, we see Rex Walls, Mother, Erma, sexually harassing Brian, 2mo
Rachel_Penner Jeannette‘s brother. So a big fight broke out between the kids and Erma. Finally the Walls family finds a place of there own, because they were no longer welcome in Ermas home. Though there new home is not luxurious it‘s still a home. That is all I‘ve basically read so far! 2mo
Rachel_Penner So far I am enjoying the book, though some parts seem pretty dark and not ideal, I like books that have a challenge and it shows how in that time, the characters get over the hardships.

I believe the themes so far that I‘m reading about is Perseverance and Family. I say this because though the family goes through many hard things they are able to bounce back, and
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Rachel_Penner though I may think they may not be the most logical or effective ways, they still work for the family even when it‘s hard, and they bounce back and that‘s perseverance. I say Family, because of how the characters stick together in the scary/hardships, such as when Brian was getting harassed by Erma, his siblings didn‘t just stand by, they stood up for him! 2mo
Rachel_Penner This is a memoir about resiliency and being able to become an amazing person despite all your hardships, because the days that break you, are the days that make you! (edited) 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Rachel! 6/6 2mo
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If you enjoy reading unparalleled memoirs, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the perfect book for you! In this novel we tag along on Jeannette‘s childhood adventures with her more than slightly dysfunctional family. Together, they travel all-over-the-map from the Arizona desert to the mountains of West Virginia, and everywhere in between.

noellemullin8 Rex and Rose Mary Walls are constantly picking up the lives of their four children in search of employment‒ or more often than not‒ to outrun their own demons. Jeannette grows up not knowing where she stood in the world because she never stayed in one place long enough to feel at home. 2mo
noellemullin8 There were only a few spots where she felt like she truly belonged; in the desert, sleeping under Venus or in the town of Battle Mountain, before they had to do the “skedaddle”. Jeannette is forced to grow up more rapidly than other kids her age stemming from her parents and the chaos that is their life. 2mo
noellemullin8 Jeannette‘s first core memory is from when she was only three years old and was already cooking hotdogs on the stove all by herself. The pink dress she inherited from her grandmother caught the flame of the burner and grilled her alive. This traumatic event leads to her strange fascination with fire which then follows her throughout her childhood. 2mo
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noellemullin8 This fiery motif being representative of one of the scarce constants in her disordered life and the one thing she has full control over. In 1973, the Wall Family found themselves in a position that had no escape, with the only option left being to move in with Rex‘s parents in Welch, West Virginia. Jeannette is now in fifth grade, where she faces bullies at her new elementary school and the horrible family life that Rex grew up surrounded by. 2mo
noellemullin8 The situation at Erma‘s house was less than ideal for all members involved and only worsens when Rex and Rose Mary take off back to Arizona leaving their children behind. (that‘s as far as I got). One major theme in this book is education. Even though the Walls were constantly moving from town to town their parents educated them quite well. 2mo
noellemullin8 So much so that when they arrived in Battle Mountain Jeannette and Brian both got put into reading groups for “gifted children”. Rex and Rose Mary may not have believed in the school system, but they believed in knowledge and their kids learnt a lot of important life lessons throughout their adventures. 2mo
noellemullin8 The importance of education is highlighted when Lori brings a book with her from Battle Mountain as her one item rather than a geod like her younger sister.
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The glass castle is a real story told by Jeanette walls about her life, throughout the Book we see how Jeanette and her family navigate through life and all the adventures her and her family go through, including how her alcoholic dad and her semi-normal mom have to take her and her siblings to many towns, cities and places so they can avoid paying taxes fees of any sort.Your will like this book if you like adventure,adversity and determination.

RyderBittman In the book I am at the point of her and her family in Welsh up to this point she‘s been to the desert and a bunch of different cities where she‘s learned. Many important lessons from her dad and kind of is beginning to realize what her family is like. How they‘re manipulative towards her and her siblings and try and hide the truth which is that they‘re broke and on the run. 2mo
RyderBittman I would say, the theme of this book is adversity because we see that Jeanette is successful in the fast forward viewpoint at the beginning of the book, and the whole book is related to how she got to where she is and what her child like was and what she had to go through, which, for the most part, wasn‘t all good even though some parts and lessons were important. 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Ryder! 6/6 2mo
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CharlotteCormier
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The Glass Castle is an autobiographical novel about the author, Jeannette Walls, and her less-than-perfect childhood. The book follows the unbelievable events of Jeannette's life as she re-tells with the same cadence as one would read off a grocery list, while we as the reader slowly understand how dysfunctional her life and family truly were, and how such traumatic events were interpreted through her eyes as a child.

CharlotteCormier If you like stories that compel you to legitimately set the book down, take a deep breath, and meditate before continuing then I highly suggest reading The Glass Castle.

One theme present in the novel is “the loss of innocence”, throughout the book Jeannette is routinely forced to adapt to problems and situations that no child should ever have to go through, and the novel further explores the coping mechanisms she resorts to.
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MissYaremcio Nicely done Char! 6/6 2mo
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Hudson wells
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The Glass Castle is a story about the author, Jeannette Walls, and her dysfunctional family. This book book dives deep into the absurd stories that Jeannette has about moving from place to place and living in poverty. Jeannette‘s father is a heavy drinker and always seems to be able to turn things bad. If you like books that make you feel likely you have been punched in the feelings this book is for you.

Hudson wells As for the theme of this novel I think that it has to do with the idea that you need to make the best of the cards that you are delt. I see this theme multiple times throughout the book mostly when a horrible thing has happened to Jeannette and her family and they try to turn it around for the better. Overall 7/10 because it‘s good but just not for me. 2mo
MissYaremcio I like the “punched in the feelings“ description - very accurate! 6/6 2mo
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“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls is a tragic memoir that follows the life of her and her family. Through Jeanette‘s eyes, readers begin to see the amount of dysfunction that she has endured throughout her childhood, which will later translate into her adult life. The Walls family is far from a “traditional” family, and we can see this through the amount of times that they have moved, how they treat each other, and how they perceive the outside

alyssajorgensen world. As the story progresses, Jeannette allows the audience to see the major flaws that her parents suffer from— yet the flaws are also shone in a light that suggests her family embraces the flaws that they have, and try to live life by their own rules instead of the rules made by society. (2) 2mo
alyssajorgensen Recently, we have seen Jeannette‘s trauma involving alcohol, neglect, never having a stable home, and sexual abuse; which allows us to understand the way she tries to navigate her way through life. If you like books that arise feelings of disturbance, and face challenges of dysfunction in not only a family dynamic, but in every aspect of life itself, then this would be the book for you! (3) 2mo
alyssajorgensen A crucial theme in this novel is the concept of childhood illusions. Growing up, Jeannette‘s father Rex comes up with fake blueprints and describes a glass castle that he will someday build. Jeannette always believed that this would actually come true, and fantasized about it constantly. (4) 2mo
alyssajorgensen This is because her and her family have always grown up in a state of poverty, and this was Rex‘s way of protecting his children from seeing the reality behind their illusions. (5) 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Alyssa! You were just missing the recommendation! 5/6 2mo
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So far I am loving this book!! I have only read up to page 145 where they are in the midst of there stay in Welch with Rex‘s parents. Things seem a little weird at this point of the book, seeing as his parents are a little whacko. The dynamic Jeanette seems to be forming with Erma (Rex‘s mom) is strange. You would expect a grandmother to be happy seeing her grandkids… but I guess that‘s not the case. Overall i‘m excited to see what comes next!

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Ella! I was just missing your theme and how it was established, and I would have liked more of a recommendation. 3.5/6 2mo
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annika.verge
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The Glass Castle follows the life of the Walls family. Told through one of the daughter‘s (Jeannette) POV, we see this dysfunctional but loving family live in many different places and the events that happened in these places. So far we have seen them live in Tucson, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Midland, Blythe, Battle Mountain, Phoenix and mostly recently Welch.

annika.verge If you like books that are heartbreaking and eye-opening then this is the book for you. A theme present in this novel is the idea of appearance vs. reality. This theme is shown when the dad talks about building the “Glass Castle” which instills hope in the family since they live in poverty for most of the book up to this point. They don‘t acknowledge their dire situation and rather live in this fantasy that includes the “Glass Castle”. 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Annika! 6/6 2mo
MissYaremcio ALSO PUPPY IS SO CUTE 2mo
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The novel titled “The Glass Castle” is a memoir written by Jeanette Walls where she tells readers the struggles of her childhood all the way up to her adulthood. During her childhood, she tells readers about her dysfunctional family and neglectful parents with a mother who could care less about her children, and a father with all these extravagant stories. (part 1)

mady.kocsis However, Jeanette never had a stable place to call home as her family was always on the run from someone, travelling as fast as they could to the next place, just to leave again. Soon her father becomes an alcoholic which forces Jeanette, along with her siblings, to fend for themselves and support themselves. (part 2) 2mo
mady.kocsis If you like books that are a coming-of-age memoir that tells the experience of a young girl dealing with a dysfunctional family then this book is for you. (part 3) 2mo
mady.kocsis A theme that is quite constant in this book is poverty. It seems like the Walls family can never escape it and it‘s always an issue they‘ve had to deal with. Throughout the entire story they have had to deal with it, leaving the kids to fend for themselves and having to cook for themselves. (part 4) 2mo
mady.kocsis An example of this would be when Jeanette was very young, and her mother refused to cook her anything so she had no choice but to to boil hotdogs by herself, which then caused her to burn herself. (part 5) 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Mady! Your puppy is so adorable and makes me smile! 6/6 2mo
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The book “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls is a memoir into the life of Jeanette as a child. It follows her and her family very close consisting of the father, mother and Jeanettes 3 siblings. It is a moving tail about moving through hardship and never giving up no matter what happens to you. If you like books that motivate you to stop feeling sorry for yourself or a good story that is based on real events of the author you would enjoy this.

Austinbelcourt A theme of glass castle is responsibility. It is present in the film through the parents as they shed a lot of the responsibility of that regular parents should have they are acting in accordance with their non-conformist beliefs, which they see as a higher responsibility. 2mo
MissYaremcio FLUFFY PUPPIES!!!! Nicely done on the review Austin - 6/6 2mo
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The Glass Castle is the frightening story of Jeannette Wall's life experiencing childhood in destitution with rebellious guardians. Jeannette and her siblings were in many cases left to fight for themselves as their parents participated in alcoholic gorges or trips. The children hated their parents disregard and became systematically used to moving far away.

If you like books that contain adventure through tribulation, The Walls family travels

Jamet travels through the desert to the coal-mining area of West Virginia, Phoenix and Welch in poverty. this diary investigates the idea of family, steadfastness, and misfortune and the brutality they endure together and separated.

A Theme through the memoir would be escaping poverty, the author researches how desperation and poverty affected her and her family, and how their assurance moved them from a miserable situation into adulthood.
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MissYaremcio Nicely done Talayna! You have some wonderful art! 6/6 2mo
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A theme we see a great deal is strength and perseverance, a example where we can see this is when Jeannette‘s father throws her into the water despite her almost drowning, struggles makes you unique, you either sink or swim. If you like books that make you feel empathy for character this is a great choice. The book is about Jeannette and her family and everything they have gone through, she tells us about her experiences.

Nancyreimer Despite her father being an alcoholic, he was a intelligent person and was someone who she looked up too. 2mo
Nancyreimer She tells us about horrible things she‘s experienced but as a little girl did not understand, we see another theme here about the loss of innocence, and that these things are the things that shaped her to be who she is. 2mo
MissYaremcio Great work Nancy! 6/6 2mo
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I had to take a break from this audio after about 7-8 hrs because it was making me angry. I think I‘m just skeptical with the severe neglect-to-riches memoir.
1) I know Appalachia has poverty but how did no one do something about the family?
2) I had questions that weren‘t answered—most of the book was spent on minutiae of life until 10 so doesn‘t answer when Walls saw her parents differently or how they learned to navigate NYC life. 👇

Scochrane26 They learned some social skills at school, but how would they know the skills needed in NYC—jobs, middle & high class values, getting into Barnard? Someone had to help. 3) how did Walls remember every single thing that happened before age 12? Journals? Do they all just have an amazing memory? Despite my irritation, it‘s not a bad book & is interesting. 3 ⭐️ (edited) 2mo
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The Glass Castle is the autobiography of Jeannette Walls, following the story of her childhood and adolescence. Throughout the book we see our young and naive protagonist grow up; especially in her perception of her parents. Rex and Rose Mary Walls are both unstable and neglectful guardians, leaving Jeanette and her three siblings in poverty to practically fend for themselves.

Kathryne Her mother Rose Mary, is stuck in her own repulsion of responsibility. She claims she is an excitement addict, and (despite her frequent brake downs) tells herself that she enjoys their circumstances and takes no action to flee from them. Rex, the father, has a hero complex; always having to ‘save‘ his family or play the innocent victim despite being an alcoholic and a gambler.

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Kathryne We watch Jeannette develop as an individual, starting with her fully depending on her parents and following their lead without hesitation. As time goes by, Jeannette begins to experience doubt about her parent's motives; such as fearing they would leave her behind, and their unwillingness to provide.
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Kathryne She and her siblings begin to discover that, while their parents love them, they are not valued as highly as the parents regard themselves and their own pride. This relization is then followed by their determination to escape poverty and become their own people despite their parent's neglect.
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Kathryne After collaborating with her siblings, they eventually reach a position of economic stability in New York where her parents eventually follow them, becoming homeless in the city. The siblings then reach a final issue of guilt as their parents refuse to accept assistance from the kids. This story shows the resilience of Jeannette as she navigates the world around her.

If you like books that tell an overlooked POV, then this novel is for you!
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Kathryne A Theme:
One theme in this novel is the processing and response to manipulative and toxic relationships, especially from those you love or trust. Throughout the book, we follow the relationship between Jeannette and her parents, how they love their kids but are unwilling to take care of them; often found using a form of manipulation to avoid blame.
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Kathryne We observe as the narrator comes to terms with the fact that her parents have a harmful effect on herself and her siblings, and eventually comes up with a plan to escape their influence.

wow that was a bit longer then I thought... Have a great day! :D
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MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Kathryne! I love your animals! 6/6 2mo
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momx3nak
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A book that shows, even with a rough beginning in life YOU have the power to change your quality of life.

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I‘ll need some time to recover from this read. Human resiliency is nothing short of amazing. 🖤

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I listened to this because it‘s an alternate summer selection for my AP Lang students. Walls‘ life story is compelling, but I didn‘t find much literary merit in the book itself. Each track being an hour+ didn‘t help. I was most interested to learn how she transitioned to her independent, adult life in NYC, but that part felt fast forwarded: “For a few years… after 4 years… 5 years had passed…” Huge time jumps at the end! #teachersoflitsy #librofm

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mobodie
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The memoir of a girl growing up in a crazy, confusing household. Her life is so fascinating. Although her life was a patchwork of hardships, she lived through it and exceeded everyone's expectations of what people in her position could achieve. She and her siblings stuck together and helped each other to make it to a better life. A roller coaster of emotions all wrapped up in one book.

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These 2 memoirs were tough to read…but similar in terms of the dysfunctional parents…sad for the kids.

#MayMoms #Judgmental @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

CRR I have read and “enjoyed” both of these too. Good and hard reads. (edited) 7mo
Karisa @CRR Yes, agreed. Both tough and sad books but reads that felt important. 7mo
KristiAhlers I‘ve read Educated and I kept asking myself “how could this be happening in this day and age?” It feels weird saying I enjoyed it. But I did find it very eye opening. 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Both are on my shelf!! 7mo
Eggs @CRR @Karisa Agree🙌🏻 7mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great books 👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Eggs @KristiAhlers I think it happens (the dysfunction) more often than we know 😣 7mo
SilversReviews Enjoyed THE GLASS CASTLE. 7mo
Eggs @SilversReviews 🙌🏻 7mo
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My friend Bridget @BCfinn just joined Litsy… welcoming her and her new journey reading! I gave her the tagged book last week. She‘s told me she hated reading before, but seems to be liking it and finished a few books already this year! And here‘s a picture of a-hole caterpillars we have in the south US, just cause.

Ruthiella Welcome to Litsy @BCfinn ! 😃 8mo
Bklover Welcome @BCfinn You will love it here! (edited) 8mo
eeclayton Welcome to Litsy @BCfinn 🎉 8mo
Vansa Welcome to Litsy @BCfinn ! It's a really fun social media! 8mo
JessClark78 Welcome to Litsy! @BCfinn 📚🙂 8mo
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