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  • ★★★★★-5

Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Spoiler-Free)

It's hard to say that I loved this book when it's about such horrible experiences. Usually, if a book is sad I can easily tell myself this isn't real, but every time that I was tempted to do that, this memoir reminded me that it was. The story of Jeannette Walls and her family is both something to learn from and something to reflect on. Some of her takeaways in life might no longer be possible in today's world, but who knows, I've never had that experience and maybe they are. This book would definitely give a lot of people hope and the courage to work hard to escape the cycle of poverty they are stuck in. By no means is it all about mindset, but there is no way to escape the cycle with the wrong one. The right mindset won't be what gets you out, but the wrong one could be what keeps you in. I was shocked by how brave and strong Jeannette was as a young girl, and I also found the dualities of the people in her life to be incredibly interesting. Her family was horrible to her, but mostly because they were horrible to themselves. They still loved her and wished her the best, but their vision of the best was distorted. Overall, this was a heartbreaking yet triumphant read, and I think everyone should give it a try.

Song I was reminded of while reading: Dollhouse

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