The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

How would you react to seeing your mom digging through the trash cans to find food?

Jeannette Walls grew up always going on "adventures." Moving from town to town, state to state because they didn't have any money. Every time her mom would have a child the next child in line would take care of them. So Jeannette had a new little sister to take care of.

As the kids stated to get older and saw what life could be like, they wanted out. They actually wanted to sleep in beds instead of cardboard beds. They also wanted to stop stealing food from the school so they could eat. Lori was going first. They had been saving money so that she could go to New York City. Then later on it would be Jeannette turn. After a couple years Brain had finally decided that he was done living in a cardboard box, and he came to New York. Brain brought Maureen with him so that she wouldn't be there alone.

What was the author’s purpose for writing this book?

The purpose to tell everyone about her childhood. And what life was like for her, with her brothers and sisters, along with her parents. Also to show people that just because you have a bad childhood doesn't mean you will have a bad future.

What interesting or notable facts do you know about the author?

Some facts is that when she was seventeen she had full time job during the week, a job on the weekend, and was taking care of her two younger siblings. Along with trying to get her father to be more responsible, and start taking care of them, like a father should.

What did enjoy about the book?

I enjoyed this book, because even when Jeannette father took the money they were going to go to New York with, they still had their minds set on getting out. Even when they had no money, no food, and living in a house that barely had a roof, they found ways to be happy and positive.

Why would you recommend this book?

I recommend this book, because it shows people that a bad beginning doesn't have to lead to a bad ending. It also shows, the responsibilities of being an adult. Along with the choices you make can effect you later in life.


I think the theme of this book is no matter how bad your childhood was, your future doesn't have to be the same
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