Sunday, September 22, 2013
Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
When I've gotten on the topic of family with people the general consensus is usually "my family is crazy". Sometimes I even get a "my family is bat shit crazy". Even in my own family, there are certain members that have very obvious quirks. Doesn't everyone have a crazy Aunt?
Until I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls I don't think I truly understood what crazy meant for a family. I mean, serious bat shit crazy kind of crazy. The Glass Castle is a memoir of Jeannette's childhood and early adult years. She tells riveting stories about how for months herself, her brother, her sister and her parents would live out of their car. Nights sleeping under the stars, days spent roaming the desert and her unique home schooling experience
What I loved the most about this book (besides just the way Jeannette writes) is that as a reader you had no idea what was going to happen. There were so many surprises and twists and turns that it kept me wanting more the entire time I was reading. There were moments that made me weep and moments that left me in tears from laughing so hard. And I have always believed that if a book can make me cry and laugh, it is a fantastic book.
I will continue to call my family crazy in their own way but I know that they are nothing in comparison to Jeanette's. Her childhood was an adventure unlike any other and I think that no matter your reading preference, you will find this book highly entertaining.