The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a great book that gives us an in-depth look at the author’s life. It details her life’s hardships and struggles that she and her siblings had to deal with at a young age and how she survived her parent’s crazy and unhealthy lifestyle.
Reading this book will really put things in perspective for any reader. Things we have every day like food, clothes, a warm place to sleep, are just a few of the things Jeannette had to live without daily. Imagine your parents thinking its ok for you to go weeks without bathing, or playing with guns and knives for fun. Imagine a life where you move every few days to some place new and you’ve moved so many times that you can’t even remember where you’ve lived. She had to deal with this kind of living from the day she was born to being a teenager. What if your parents thought it was ok to live in bug infested homes to the point that they were rotting because they thought a bug’s life has the same value as their own children? Can you imagine your parents thinking about leaving you and your three other siblings because you get in the way and you’re too much trouble to take care of? Her parents called this kind of living and adventure for years to try to cover up the fact that the way they live is dangerous, unhealthy, and unfit to raise children.
This novel will bring everything into focus about what you should be grateful for in life and to appreciate what you have. I greatly recommend this book because there are many events and shocking moments that Jeannette and the rest of her siblings experienced that you have to read to believe.