Saturday, August 28, 2010
"things usually work out in the end."
"what if they don't?"
"that just means you haven't come to the end yet."
jeannette walls gives us a deep look into her abnormal past and upbringing as the daughter of an alcoholic father and a carefree mother. her story takes us through all of the hardships her whole family incurs - burning her face cooking hot dogs at three years old; not having running water or electricity at many of her homes; dumpster diving; going days without food as a child; etc. after being fed up, jeannette finally moves to new york to follow her older sister, and her dreams. consequently the rest of the family follows, leaving each child with the burden and decision of helping or not helping their parents overcome the life they had been living.
after hearing many recommendations, i decided to finally give the book a try. it took me only two days to read it, i couldn't put it down. her description's were so raw & her experiences made me cringe - but they intrigued me as well. i wanted to know more - whether or not her father would get over his addiction; whether or not she would actually move to new york; etc. the book was extremely inspirational to me too - especially at this time in my life, it was a great read & a great motivational push. walls even made me consider writing a memoir in the future.... lord knows i have a lot of experiences to write about.
if you haven't read 'the glass castle' yet, i suggest you do. great read.