The Glass CastleJeannette Walls

The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Book Summary


The extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

The memoir was also made into a major motion picture from Lionsgate in 2017 starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls) Book Reviews

Frustrating, more than anything...I'm writing this review before I'm done with the book bc I must vent! There's only a chapter left and -- don't get me wrong -- I'm enjoying the book. It's one of those stories where I want to scream at the main character (in this case, the author) and knock some sense into her/him. For the writer to be loyal and to love parents like hers, only fills me with anger and disbelief. Bad parents don't deserve love and respect and her parents go way past being just lousy parents. They are truly insane and that mother goes beyond selfish. The writing is decent but it's a very easy read. I wasn't bored and it held my interest. If I could understand the author's naive loyalty better, I would like the book more. Spoiler: the parents refused to work their entire lives while their children starved. The children should have left and never looked back. I'll finish the book but I'm mostly angry and confused about loving two people that deserve it least in the world..Score: 3/5

The Glass CastleI Just Saw The Movie Today But I'm Guessing The Book Will Be As Great As The Movie.Score: 5/5

The Glass CastleFascinating read.Score: 5/5

Great Book!An excellent read!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!Great memoir Jeanette. You found your way through thick and thin..Score: 5/5

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼An emotional story and well written and detailed. Very gripping..Score: 5/5

Hooked!This book drew me in from the first page! I grew up in the West Virginia area and the entire story was fascinating and so well written. I plan on reading anything from Ms. Walls..Score: 5/5

What An Amazing Book..Hands down my favorite book of all time. Absolutely love it..Score: 5/5

SE you sweeded it out fed d.Score: 5/5

Very good!The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeanette Walls, a journalist in New York City. It reads a lot like fiction, but is about real events from her life. The pacing is good, and I never got bored reading it. She does a very good job of developing the characters of her family, especially her dad. Overall, I thought this was a very good book, but would recommend it for mature audiences only because of a few parts in the book that might be inappropriate for younger readers..Score: 5/5

Loved it!Great read..Score: 4/5

The Glass CastleJeannette Walls captivates her readers with a truth that reveals courage and vulnerability. A page-turner that uncovers resiliency of spirit and the power of unconditional love..Score: 5/5

TERRIBLE.So terrible.Score: 1/5

PerfectPerfect to read.Score: 5/5

10/10I've had multiple copies of this book. I bought my first copy from a local thrift shop and it's honestly one of my favorite reads. My Twitter is @Tavoluno if you ever want to share your thoughs of the book :).Score: 5/5

Fantastic look at a dysfunctional familyBipolar disorder, schizophrenia, homelessness- life is complicated This beautifully written autobiography shines a light on the ups and downs of a ‘dysfunctional family’.Score: 5/5

A must read.I finished this book in two days. Absolutely moving. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all my picky book readers..Score: 5/5

Beautiful memoirBeautifully written, honest, unusual story, that resonates with mine, I enjoyed it very much..Score: 5/5

A wonderful story!I truly loved this story and was in awe throughout the entire book at the events that took place. I was almost in disbelief that this could be a true story until the family came to Welch West Virginia, a town only two hours away. After I read the description and her story during her time there, I could imagine it all and it was very relatable to the area. I laughed, cried, and felt the anger she felt at times. It was a beautifully written memoir that takes you all over the US, feeling as though you are living it all with the author..Score: 5/5

New Favorite!I absolutely loved the reality of this book. At first reading, I thought how odd it was and then as I carried on there was something so special about the Walls family. Highly recommend to anyone who’s just looking for an adventure yet, heartfelt read..Score: 5/5

👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻Boring book, not worth it..Score: 1/5

One my favorite books!I couldn’t stop reading it ... this is a really good book to read..Score: 5/5

The Glass CastleLoved it! This was a well written story of the life of Jeannette Walls and her adventurous upbringing. The Glass Castle carried me through this journey as I learned so much about this inspirational character! Jeannette is strong, determined, kind and genuine. She is courageous and level minded. These characteristics get her through the highs and lows! What an amazing ride! I would recommend this book to anyone!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!I recommend this book to everybody who enjoys a story of success!.Score: 5/5

Amazingly well writtenGripping from beginning to end!.Score: 5/5

Absolutely Fantastic!This is simply one of the best books that I have ever read. I couldn't put it down! Jeannette Walls is an amazingly strong woman with a riveting life story..Score: 5/5

The Glass CastleIt was amazing!! What an adventurous and also heartbreaking story at the same time. So much love and sadness at the same time. Loved it! Evaney Priolo.Score: 5/5

Favorite MemoirMy personal favorite no matter how many times I read it or purchased. The first time I laid my eyes on these pages I was up all night. Worth every cent!.Score: 5/5

One of the best books I’ve read!Good book!!.Score: 5/5

Interesting ReadGreat story about the author’s life journey with an unconventional family. It is her journey and written in her style. I totally get the appeal of this book as at times it is heart warming and at others you feel infuriated. There was a lack of emotion connected with most of the book which I found difficult. As a side note I’m so devastated that Child Welfare had not followed up on this family. These poor kids needed beds and baths. These kids were neglected by all....a vast travesty..Score: 4/5

Glass castleWhat a wonderful book. I was so captivated by the characters lives and I could feel the sadness and joy they may have felt. I love a good “coming of age book” and the struggles of life and coming on the other side of it. I’m so glad I read this and absolutely recommended it. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Jeannette walls..Score: 5/5

An amazing book everyone should readI absolutely love this book, I could not put it down. I hope this authors writes more books. I've referred this book to several of my friends. She wrote it in such a way it's as if you were right there with her during her life. Beautiful and yet made me shed some tears..Score: 5/5

Wonderful storyIt was hard to feel sorry for those kids since they didn't feel sorry for themselves most of the time. I would have liked to read the story from one of the other children's point of view.Score: 5/5

Unforgettable true storyI never read nonfiction but I'm so glad someone recommended this to me. Unbelievable life story. Admire this brave woman! READ THIS BOOK.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis book is a masterpiece. I couldn't put it down..Score: 5/5

Good readIt has a great sequence, and is a great read. The only bad thing about this book is the profanity..Score: 4/5

GoodGood.Score: 5/5

Page turnerI really thought I would be bored after a few pages...but then I read it in a week..Score: 5/5

AMAZINGBeautiful book. Amazing. Eye opening. Sad. But wow..Score: 5/5

ClassicGive it a chance.Score: 5/5

Amazing bookCouldn't put the book down!!!.Score: 5/5

Enjoyable!As a high school student, books that I choose to read for class aren’t very interesting to me, and take me a long time to get through. This book on the other hand made me excited to read, and to figure out what adventure was going to happen next..Score: 4/5

Brilliant.Painful and triumphant..Score: 5/5

Pretty good bookVery eye opening and genuine read..Score: 3/5

Loved itThis is a really good book! Can't wait to see the movie!.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it downGot the book at a resale shop not knowing it was a best seller. Read it and can completely understand even after all this time it is...Score: 5/5

Wow. wow. speechlessThis is by far the best book I have ever read ... i have never enjoyed a book more in my life. seriously can’t even describe this book but everyone needs to read it.Score: 5/5

Couldn't Put It DownJeannette has a unique perspective in her writing style; I don't recall ever reading anything like her. She had me at hello. Started reading this is the morning, finished it that night. Excellent book..Score: 5/5

Loved it!I’m not an avid reader, yet I couldn’t put this book down! Honestly recommend to anyone looking for a good read with a great adventure..Score: 5/5

The Glass CastleWhat an amazing book we loved it. I couldn't put it down. My best friend, my daughters and I all reed it and loved. It was so fantastic I could not believe it was a true story!.Score: 5/5

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Must read!Amazing book! I could not put it down!.Score: 5/5

MUST READI read this book a long time ago right after it first came out and I absolutely loved it. I read it all within a couple days. I would highly recommend it. So excited that it is now a movie..Score: 5/5

Love love loveThis was an excellent book and the movie was even better!.Score: 5/5

The Glass CastleMs. Walls crafted quite an easy to read story, that was at times, emotionally draining. If even half of what she wrote is true, it is an incredible story of survival, and a very hard book to put down!.Score: 4/5

Incredible bookI absolutely loved everything about this book. It grabbed me from the first pages and kept me thinking about it every time I wasn’t reading. Worth the money and the time to read! Wow!.Score: 5/5

The Glass Castle by Jeanette WallsIncredible memoir!! Such an entertaining read! So hard to believe it's a memoir!! Much respect for the author!.Score: 5/5

The glass castleThis was such a good book, I recommend it.Score: 5/5

Awesome!It's for sure one of the best I have ever read!.Score: 5/5

Absolute must readThere are times where you must remind yourself that this is all true.Score: 5/5

Must readI read this book in my grade 12 year and it was the best thing I ever read still obsessed w this book have read it 100x.Score: 5/5

Read it!This was the first biography that I've read and I honestly can't convey how much I loved this book, definitely a must read..Score: 5/5

The Glass CastleRiveting story of one woman's struggle to live life with an artist mother and drunken father. Beautifully written and conveys the desperate situations she found herself as she was growing up, but she never lost courage and had the confidence to face her future..Score: 5/5

ALL TIME FAVORITEThe best book ever..Score: 5/5

YESThis book is golden wiener.Score: 5/5

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