ISBN 10: 074324754X
ISBN 13: 9780743247542
Cover Image from GoodReads
Source of my copy: my sister's book
Synopsis (from GoodReads)
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.
I needed to read a non-fiction book for school and my sister had this lying around, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did because The Glass Castle was fascinating and touching. It got me strangely addicted with its story of Jeannette's childhood with parents that had different views of things than most people.
The part that probably fascinated me the most was the beginning. It was by how Jeannette admitted she was ashamed when she saw her mother scavenging through the Dumpster. And then meeting up with her mom, offering help, but her mom said she was fine being homeless. That part right there had me speechless yet hooked to the story until the end.
Although Jeannette had a tough past, there were some touching and caring moments in the story. My favorite was when she wrote about how the family would read together and look up words in the dictionary and discuss their meanings--that was a nice memory. I especially felt moved when, during the time they were in New York, Jeannette and her dad were talking about their life moving around. That scene just gave me that warm feeling inside. It reminded me there's always good and bad things in everyone's life.
I admire this book for teaching us to be more grateful for what we already have. And for that I give this 5 out of 5 stars.
**Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my sister and she bought it with her own money. My review is based on my own experiences with the book and only share my honest, unbiased opinions. I am NOT promoting or discouraging anyone from purchasing and reading this book--whether I liked or disliked it. PLEASE use this blog only as a source and not the definite answer to your inquiries.**