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“The Glass Castle: A Memoir,” by Jeanette Walls, was published in 2005 and was on the Best Seller list for 100 weeks. With that kind of publicity, one would think this would be a marvelous book. The story details the life of Jeanette Walls, as she grew up in her (more than) dysfunctional family.
Moving from Arizona to California to Virginia in a matter of a few years, with periods of homelessness, the family was dirt poor. Walls reflects on all the emotional damage done by her mother and father, and the book becomes extremely emotional extremely fast.
The sad tales of her father’s drunkenness and her mother’s self-pity makes the reader feel incredibly sorry for the young girl and her three siblings. A large majority of the book is set in Welch, Va., in their makeshift cabin. The stories of her hardship never quite get any more depth than the story itself, letting the reader yearn for more. There is not much depth to the book, except what the reader makes of it.
Overall, the book leaves the reader feeling somewhat happy with the successful ending, but feeling a sense of wanting a little more depth to the story. There are several curse words and explicit parts, but nothing too outrageous. The book is best suited for teens and adults.
--Katelyn Colllier is a senior at Los Alamos High School.