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Review: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (Spoiler-Free)

Most important thing in life is learning how to fall. Jeannette Walls does it again with a really great depiction of true resilience and strength. While this is technically considered a "novel," it details the true life of Lily Casey Smith, and nearly serves as a "prequel" to Walls' most well-known work The Glass Castle. I honestly don't really know what to say when it comes to her books, because I feel like she says it all so much better. The stories of those in her family, and her outlook on them, are truly astonishing. I admire her and Smith for their demeanors and perseverance. They remind me to feel so much more grateful about everything in my current situation. Even sad things can hold happiness. The voice in each of her books resonates with me because I believe in so many of the same values as she does. Her books make me have more faith in myself and my place in this vast world, because they show that one has the power to get things done if they just try hard enough. Even when you are at the complete and total rock bottom (in the cases of Walls and Smith, this is quite literal), there is always something you can do. There is always something to live for, and something to try. You just might need to get a little crafty. Hope for the best and plan for the worst. A mantra I already live by, and one that was beautifully stated within this book.

Song I was reminded of while reading: Home

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