Title: The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Rating: 4 Stars
Days it Took to Read: 3
3-Sentence Synopsis: Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children and lived like nomads as they moved from town to town in the Southwest. When money grew tight, the Walls decided to move back to Rex’s hometown in West Virginia, which he desperately escaped from decades before. The effect of the return makes the family dynamic and budget worse, causing the Walls children to do everything they can to escape this poverty and make something of themselves.
Review: This memoir was emotional and but the ending was uplifting. The stubbornness of Rex and Rose Mary did frustrate me, but the candid nature in which Jeannette talked about her parents allowed me to understand how they came to make certain decisions. I enjoyed learning about each new town they family moved to and was rooting for them to catch a break. I felt terrible for the children and cannot imagine the childhood and living situation they endured. I was originally confused about the beginning of the story, but Jeannette Walls did a great job tying everything together in the end. This was a quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed and I look forward to watching the movie now that I am finished with the book. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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