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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls. It’s about her childhood and having to grow up in poverty for the majority of it. This book also explains how the relationships she formed as a child shaped her into a successful adult. The Glass Castle is about Walls’ father who is a very intelligent man and loves his children endlessly even though he has many faults, her mother who always taught her to have an open mind and a kind heart even though she rarely followed her own advice, and her and her three siblings growing up mostly happy in spite of her parents’ shortcomings.

To put it lightly, this book was a roller coaster of events. Walls had led a very reckless lifestyle because of her parents’ inability to hold steady jobs. They had to move around a lot and so Walls had been to many different places growing up. There were also a lot of dramatic events happening with each move. While reading, I would sometimes forget this wasn’t a work of fiction and that these events really happened. Basically, the content of the book was fascinating and interesting to read about because of the content of Walls’ life.

Lastly, I loved Walls’ narrative. She explained so subtly and modestly the way her and her siblings had to live growing up while unintentionally explaining just how clever and resilient they were. I also liked the fact she was so unbiased in the book about her parents. Had it been me, I would’ve grown resentful of the way they chose to live and how they rarely directly provided the essentials for their children. However, Walls does none of that in the book and has said she purposely did so, so that the reader could form their own opinion of her parents. I thought that was very smart of her because had she done what I would’ve, it could’ve been a very bitter book.

I loved her writing style in the book as well, because Walls was very witty. The way she described the events and the dialogue between everyone was funny and made the book have a much lighter tone.

If you like reading memoirs or are interested in reading one for the first time, you should definitely check out this book. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is available at Halifax Public Libraries.


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[Editor's Note: This book can be found in the Library's Adult Nonfiction collection.]


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