Have y'all read this book?
Do yourself a favor and read this. It's a beautifully written memoir about growing up in poverty and learning to hold onto your dreams. I have to admit, I wasn't anxious to read this at first. Mainly because my TBR list is very long and I'd never heard of this book. It just so happened it was my book club's selection this month, and I downloaded a sample for my Kindle to see if I wanted to finish it sooner before later.
I could not put it down.
I wasn't expecting to be so captivated with it. I didn't even realize it was a memoir until I decided to look up the author, Jeannette Walls, and learned she's a very successful journalist in NYC. This story is about her life, growing up with very eccentric parents who, if best described as free spirits, would be a gross understatement. They despised authority and rules in just about any form, and their parenting skills were downright despicable at times. But the essence of their characters was so riveting and charismatic, it was almost excusable. Almost. Not quite.
Jeannette's parents had me cheering for them at times, and at other times, wanting to give them a good kick in the butt. I honestly couldn't decide whether I liked them or not through a lot of the story. At first, I loved them, then I loathed them, but by the end I saw them through Jeannette's eyes and was simply astounded by the gifts these parents bestowed upon their children. Gifts unattainable with money. Gifts more valuable than any luxury most parents are so eager to offer to their children.
This memoir reminded me what's most important in life. And how being easy on our children and giving them everything they ask for is denying them strength of character in the end. Now, I'm not saying we should go to the extreme Jeannette's parents went to, who often didn't provide food for days at a time which forced the kids to rummage through garbage cans for nourishment, but I am saying there's something to be learned from the kind of life Jeannette had.
I felt so connected to Jeannette's family all the way through, that I was disappointed the story was over. I want more. Coincidentally, she has a sequel out and I plan on downloading that asap. There's something so beautiful in starting a book that you have no preconceived notions about and just being reeled into it.
At the point I realized this memoir was not just about Jeannette's life, but a tribute to her father, tears streamed down my face. I was so moved that I just sat there and cried. That's how powerful this story is.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have you read The Glass Castle? What are your thoughts on it? Has there been another story that's touched you deeply? Please share ....