The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls. If I had to choose one word to describe this book, it might have to be “heartbreaking.” However, I don’t think that it leaves you feeling broken-hearted overall. It definitely has its sad parts, but it’s so beautifully written that it isn’t just a downer. I’m going to go ahead and give it 5 stars.
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Reading this book has been a LONG time coming for me. This has been my mom’s favorite book for like, ten years. No lie. I have no clue how many times she’s read it, but it’s safe to say it’s a lot. She was SO excited to hear that the movie was coming out. It just so happened that the reading challenge I was wanting to start (linked below) began with reading a book that’s being turned into a movie this year. It definitely felt like the right time to start this book.
Unfortunately, all of the copies were checked out from my library. I called my mom to see if she could possibly share her eBook with me through the Kindle app. After a few minutes, we still couldn’t figure out how to do that. So she said, “Oh it’s fine, I’ll just buy you a copy. I’ve probably bought this book about five times, so why not buy another?!” She seriously loves this book, yall.
My mother’s love for this book is definitely warranted, in my opinion. I don’t want to give anything away since this is kind of a hot book right now. But I definitely felt I was right there with the Walls family, experiencing everything. The story starts out when Jeanette is three years old and ends when she is an adult. She takes us on her poverty-stricken family’s journey through the deserts of California and Arizona to the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Not only do these four children have to learn to live with next to nothing, but they also have to suffer through childhood with an alcoholic father and a selfish mother.
Even though this book has been my mother’s favorite for as long as I can remember, I was always very against reading it. From hearing her describe it, I thought it was going to be too sad for me. I’m ok with being sad in romance-y books, but I can’t really deal with books and movies about sick or dying children, abusive relationships, or really destitute situations. After reading this book, I would definitely say that it was sad. But it wasn’t so sad that it was unreadable, and it’s so beautifully written that it intrigues you from the very first chapter. In my opinion, this book is definitely a must-read!
I was hoping to do a dual review of the book and the movie, but the movie isn’t in any theaters near me! I will do a follow-up review as soon as I see it!
What did you guys think of this book?