Written by @PresentELLA
What if that homeless person digging in the garbage was your mother? What if that’s the way she liked it? This is how the story begins; making The Glass Castle, a true story by Jeannette Walls, one of the most heartbreaking and confusing memoirs I have ever read.
I can’t say I know how it feels to color your skin with blue marker so that people can’t see the rips in your jeans. I’ve never had to dig a hole for a bathroom. I’ve never waited for my classmates to leave school so that I can eat their leftovers from the garbage. Jeannette’s parents are a set of incredibly creative people who definitely hate to be boxed in. They move from town to town with their children when they get into trouble, or run out of money. Jeanette’s account is a painful one as we learn everything she had to go through to become who she is.
This story truly made me look at people differently; you don’t know what people are going through. Better yet, you don’t know what people have been through. It is amazing to know that Jeanette is a successful professional writer, but her past isn’t squeaky clean. Humanity is astounding in the situations it can power through.
The Glass Castle was recommended to me by a good friend & former co-worker. I would recommend this to everyone. The movie released on August 11th, 2017 if you just want to watch it! There’s also a prequel version of the book, If you don’t have a chance to pick this up, maybe consider a book swap with a friend. I thinkit really opens your eyes when you read a person’s favorite book.