The Glass Castle was difficult for me to read because it was emotional and there were some very difficult situations to stomach. Jeannette Walls lead an interesting childhood, to say the least. I think the emotional aspect is what made it so hard for me to read. I can't imagine a parent who would willingly provide such a rough childhood for their children. I would recommend reading this to someone who isn't overly emotional (like I am) because they would probably get more out of this book than I did. This book takes place in various parts of the U.S. because the family moves very often. Wall's parents were nomadic and at times very unrealistic about the life they provided for their children. Her father was a wannabe scientist, but mostly a drunk, and her mother was a carefree artist. Neither parent was able to keep steady employment, and often relied their parents for financial support. The people in the memoir were described quite well. It was almost as if you could hear them speak and it was easy to imagine these escapades playing out right in front of you. There is no doubt that Walls is a gifted writer. This book is definitely geared towards those who enjoy non-fiction and memoirs. For Walls to overcome some of the happenings of her childhood proves that one doesn't have to be a product of their raising. Overall I would say, this is a great book and would recommend it.
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