The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2)


For years I’ve been telling people this is my favourite book and recommending that they read it. I am so glad that it held up on my second read. I still love this book. I will always love this book. It’s especially well-written, the Walls family reads like a cast of fictional characters too incredible to believe, and the ingenuity and resilience of Jeannette and her siblings continues to be nothing less than marvellous. I don’t usually read books more than once, but this is one that I will continue to read, and continue to share.

No. 24 on my challenge. If you’ve been following my reviews from the beginning, you’ll understand why.


6 responses to “The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2)”

  1. I did not know about this book until my therapist mentioned it. She said it reminded her a lot of me. So I ventured to read it and I thought “yup, sounds like my crazy family”.

  2. This is one of my favorite memoirs too!

  3. Reblogged this on Memoir Notes.

  4. Don’t hate me but I seriously don’t see the big deal about this book. The story was unique in that she was loved despite the neglectful, dysfunctional upbringing. The writing was good but nothing that struck me as wonderful. I thought it was a bit slow and dragged on. Anyone care to enlighten me to their reasons for loving this book so much?

    1. Well, I don’t hate you! And I understand that some books strike a chord with some people and leave others cold. I can’t pinpoint exactly why I love this memoir because there are so many reasons. I love that she’s entirely unapologetic for how her family lived, and how she trusted and believed in her father. I like that the Walls children stuck together no matter what. I like that she has no qualms about telling it like it was. The writing is accessible, her childhood story is absolutely fascinating, and I love that all the children made their own way and were successful despite their upbringing. But that’s just me.

Don’t be afraid. I won’t smite you. Probably.

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