Book Review: The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)

I asked a few of my Instagram followers what their favourite book of ALL time is. I took the four books with the most recommendations, and added this to my list of ‘must reads’. These books are:

The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls | A man called Ove, Fredrik Backman | Educated, Tara Westover and American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.

I finished The Glass Castle in three days, and I actually wasn’t very impressed. It’s a powerful memoir and really hard to put down, but I was disappointed by the ending. The book is also very monotone and unbiased – like the author is complaining about family members without badmouthing them throughout the entire book. I like that you are left to make your own assumptions and I love a good story, but it all fell really flat for me at the end. I wanted to know what happened to certain characters, I wanted to know what happened to the property and I need to understand a few things. I was super impressed and locked in at the beginning & middle and then a bit disappointed in the end.

Would I recommend this book to my friends? Sure. Is it one of The Best Books I’ve Ever Read? No.

It’s a woman’s account of her impoverished upbringing, weird mom and drunk dad. I can’t say much more without giving it all away, but maybe the point is that there isn’t actually much more to reveal.

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