Book Review: The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle


Title – The Glass Castle  (Goodreads)

Author – Jeannette Walls (Goodreads)

Published – January 17th 2006

Genre – Fiction, Memoir

Summary – The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble

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When I got wind that The Glass Castle was being made into a movie, I had to pick it up again.

I read The Glass Castle a few years ago (maybe 10 years ago?). But I had to re-read this because its bigscreen debut. This time I checked out the audio CD from the library and remembered why I fell in love the first time!

The Glass Castle is a memoir of Jeannette Walls’ childhood. But it is not your typical memoir. It is told in first person with such a unique voice. Honestly, I’d forget that the story was really the author’s life.

I love how fellow goodread’s reviewer puts it: “both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale.

Walls loves her parents. I actually thought they are pretty intelligent. I love some of the ways her father explains and teaches her and her siblings. My favorite parts is when her parents say something super deep. For example, Walls wanted to replant a Joshua tree to it would grow straigher. Her mom reminded her, “that is what makes the Joshua tree so unique.”

The kids don’t know any better! They don’t know there is a different way to grow up – they were just living their life! But when they do get older, her writing reflects the slow realization that there are different ways of living, such as having bills actually paid and food in the house.

Ugh, I just thought it was so beautifully written!

If I were to complain about anything, I wish I knew more about her relationships and husband. But I guess that is not the point, right?


In case you were too lazy to read all that.. 🙂

Last Words:

Super nervous for this to come out on the big screen due to the superb writing style. The Glass Castle has to be one of my favorite books of all time.

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