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Review: The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Publication Date: January 9, 2006 Genres: Memoir Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Scribner ISBN10: 074324754X ISBN13: 9780743247542 About the Book Excerpt Discussion Questions Reading Guide (PDF) Jeannette Walls Biography Bibliography Find a Book View all | By Author | By Genre | By Date More to Read Ace of Spades by David Matthews Memoir ... Read full review

Review: The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Publication Date: January 9, 2006 Genres: Memoir Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Scribner ISBN10: 074324754X ISBN13: 9780743247542 About the Book Excerpt Discussion Questions Reading Guide (PDF) Jeannette Walls Biography Bibliography Find a Book View all | By Author | By Genre | By Date More to Read Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an ... Read full review

Review: The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Publication Date: January 9, 2006 Genres: Memoir Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Scribner ISBN10: 074324754X ISBN13: 9780743247542 About the Book Excerpt Discussion Questions Reading Guide (PDF) Jeannette Walls Biography Bibliography Find a Book View all | By Author | By Genre | By Date More to Read American on Purpose: The Improbable ... Read full review

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The book begins with author Jeannette Walls standing in her apartment, at a personal crossroads over her childhood. Her father, Rex Walls, took her and her siblings on several cross country adventures spanning the length of her childhood, finally settling down in West Virginia as a teenager. Rex is a loud and unique personality who continually causes problems to the family, and the mother, Rose Mary Walls, is a very free-spirited artist, often times prioritizing her art over her children. Even though they frequently moved, the parents never failed to provide their children with an education, albeit a unique one. They instill strong values in their children, of self-sufficiency and the importance of family. Despite this, the parents had many shortcomings that negatively impact the family. The strongest themes in the book are alcohol abuse, poverty, and the overall neglect by the parents. The author handles these topics with little emotion, almost detaching herself from her memories. It seems as if the author meant it to be this way, for the reader to attach their own emotions as they were reading. However, this makes the book seem almost flat, lacking a passion and sensitivity that one would expect from this kind of emotional recollection. The author is very detailed about the main themes of the story, but remains vague on the supporting details, including very little time frame. The story of her time traveling blends together and starts to feel repetitive, and the book doesn’t really feel solid until the family settles in West Virginia. Overall, the book was alright. It elicited no strong emotional responses from me because Jeannette didn't express emotion. 

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Personally, I just loved this book even though it's filled with just about nothing but the hardships in Jeannette's life. If you look closely, and/or read between the lines, you can see, just how much, it will change her, like when she's living in Welch with her dad's supposedly biological, raised-by-them, parents. I actually found this book a bit of an inspiration myself! 

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I had to read this book
When i was taken a college class we had to read this book it to me 2 days to read it..it made me think my life is not all that bad people life are way worse...we all have one thing in common we all struggle and some how getting thru it all

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Herpaderp. :3

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Excellent book.

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Just finished!
Just finished this book in my college class, it was a great book. I recommend it to everyone.

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Awesome
This is an amazing read. The characters are well described and the plot is full of twists.

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