The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Bubbles fizzled out of a large pot on a stove. Inside the pot, hotdogs are heating up, being prepared to fill the belly of a young, hungry girl. Jeannette Walls, age three stands on a stool beside the pot, turning the swirling water with a large spoon. From another room comes the distant sound of a brush swishing over a canvas, laid atop and old easel. Jeannette’s mom, Rose Mary, a painter and occasional teacher is working on another piece of art.
A young girl, using boiling water to cook unaccompanied, isn’t exactly what one considers good parenting. That poor parenting soon bares the fruits of its mistakes, and Jeannette’s dress catches fire. Quickly, her mum runs in and manages to smother the flames, but not before much of her is burned. She is rushed to hospital and remains there for weeks, until her father Rex, a cynical alcoholic, has enough and sneaks her away from the doctors that saved her. Judging by the other decisions her parents made over the course of Jeannette’s childhood, she is quite lucky that they brought her to hospital at all…
The Glass Castle is a memoir of the rocky, ever changing childhood of Jeannette Walls. She and her siblings were raised unlike any others and they had lived in countless different places by a young age. Her family was dragged around from place to place by her father who was always chasing a better life, yet it seemed he brought problems with them everywhere they went…
AGE RATING: 13+
TEEN RATING: 3.4/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: The Glass Castle tells the story of an unconventional and poverty-filled upbringing by unorthodox parents. A fascinating, unusual and often sad and troubling memoir, The Glass Castle is very unique book and offers readers a very unique take on the world.