Review Of The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

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“Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.” (Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle) This remarkable quote, that I live by, comes from The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls, which was published in 2005. This book is about the lives of Walls family that is constantly up and down. There are days where they go without eating and are thrown multiple complications as they struggle to become stable. Although this does not necessarily happen due to the fact that the family is always moving from place to place, sometimes leaving everything behind. This memoir should be the recommended book for summer reading due to that fact that it gives an exclusive view of the flawed life of the author providing the reader with an idea of how living in a dysfunctional family does not have to hold you back from success, it also acts as a huge reminder to the audience that the life they are living should not be taken for granted and should be embraced to the greatest extent. …show more content…

There are moments where she is practically forced to learn survival skills from her delusional mother and alcoholic father that are constantly on the move. For example, in the very beginning of the book, three-year-old Jeannette is cooking hot dogs where she then extremely burns herself on accident. Her mother’s response to the situation is to remain calm and act as if what just happened wasn't anything big. Another moment is when Walls’ parents get into a huge argument to the point where they begin knife fighting and nearly kill each other, and at the end of the argument, they laugh about the situation like nothing happened. These constant up and down moments in the author’s life created major setbacks, but they did not keep her from becoming a #1 New York Times Best Selling

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