Catch 22

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This novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces b-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy. The novel looks into the experiences of Yoassarian and the other airmen in the camp, who attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.

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Like many of the other classics that I have talked about on my blog, it’s been a while since I’ve read this but I remember it being a good read.

I can’t say I loved it but I also can’t say that I didn’t like it either. The writing was brilliant, the characters are so unique and it is just overall a very engaging and memorable story that will leave you with that wonder and awe feeling.

I can say for certain that this was probably one of the most anti-war books that I have probably ever read. There is no doubt in my mind either that it is probably one of the….most interesting (for lack of better words), novels written about the US Air Force in WW II today. I don’t want to give anything away for anyone that might want to read this in the future (if you haven’t already read it that is). But this wildly original, brilliantly written, brutally gruesome novel will suck you in…or at least it sucked me in all those years ago.

I will warn you though, do not come to this book seeking logic or sanity in war, neither of those things have a connection or a place in Catch-22…or in real life if you think about it. However, Catch-22 is realistic in its powerful accounts of bombing missions. Men screaming, men dying, planes crashing. But don’t get me wrong it also has its fantasy side.

Catch – 22 has a way of giving off a comedic/ tragedy vibe. The book oscillates between the absurdly humorous and grieving tragedy.

Have you ever heard someone say “It’s a Catch-22” and thought…what?? Well let me try to break it down for you. In the novel, the hero who has flown 50 different missions, and has been driven half-mad by his will to live…wants out. However, he is thwarted by the Catch-22 clause which states:

“Pilots do not have to fly if they are certified as insane, but that being driven mad by fear is fundamentally rational.”

Or as it’s described in the novel: “Pilots do not have to fly if they are certified as insane, but being driven mad by fear is fundamentally rational. Or one would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to.” So basically…no one can get off the ride. It’ like a merry-go-round that just won’t stop.

If you pay enough attention you can catch the gleeful repetition. Words and phrases are continuously paired up so that nothing an reside in meaning something. Everything, instead is mocked by it’s own echo. This continuous throughout the novel, leading up to the inevitable plunge into emptiness at the end of this novel.

Have you read Catch-22? What did you think of it???

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A Week of Outfits

Hey friends!!

So today I thought that I would do something a little different and do a week of teacher outfits!

Monday:

The top and bottoms for this outfit are both from Kohl’s. I got them last spring so I’m not so sure that you can still find them.

Boots are from Zulily (if you’ve never shopped zulily you should it’s amazing!)

Tuesday:

Black pants are leather in the front and regular pant material in the back. I believe they are from Target. The sweater is honestly so old I don’t remember where I got it. And the White top was a Christmas gift. I wore this with the black flats which are from Target.

Wednesday:

One of my favorites! A shift dress (with pockets!) Both the dress and boots are from Zulily.

Thursday:

I told y’all this was one of my favorite outfits. I bought it in purple too! Same shift dress just a different color and same black boots!

Friday:

Usually on Fridays I wear jeans and a T-shirt or a nice shirt depending on what we have going on. And of course I have seemed to have lost my Friday OOTD pictures. So my apologies!

What do your outfits look like throughout the week? I would love to know!!

WonderlandiansBooks Book Tag!

Happy Wednesday Friends!! So as I was glancing through some of the amazing blogs that I follow I came across this tag from WonderlandiansBooks and I just had to do it!! (If you click the link it will take you to the original post! Give this wonderful lady some love by commenting and reading her tag post! I know I really enjoyed it!) So I thought I would give it a shot and answer the questions as well!

 

1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?
I do actually! Which makes me really sad because I love reading and honestly as much as I’ve tried to enjoy audio books I just can’t stay focused! Now I can read a quick text message or something like that but to sit and read a book in a car that’s moving (especially if it’s a hilly or bumpy ride…) no way!

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Hmm that’s a great question. Out of the authors that I have read so far I would say that the author that sticks out to me the most is probably say that I especially felt that Amy Gentry (particularly in her book Good As Gone). Click the link to find my review on that! In this book in particular she jumps in her story line and even though I thought this would drive me insane it didn’t! It helped to tell the story and it made me appreciate it a little more.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Okay, I’ve read both and I’ve seen the movies for both. So with that being said I would have to say Harry Potter all the way. I enjoyed every book and would (and do plan to this summer actually) read them all again. However, it took me forever to complete the Twilight saga.

Don’t get my wrong I loved the first book in the Twilight Saga, and I will forever be #TeamJacob but I will say that Breaking Dawn took me forever to get through. I just didn’t enjoy the story line anymore. It got to a point where it was just too much.

I know this shouldn’t be a deciding factor because movies are not the book but I also could not stand Kristen Stewart as Bella. I know this may not be the most popular opinion but it’s how I feel. I felt like her emotionlessness in her acting really didn’t do the movie any justice. Which is probably why I fell a certain way about the books now. I had this high expectation (shame on me) and when it didn’t live up to it, I just gave up.

I will say that I loved J.K Rowling’s writing style very much and immediately fell in love with the characters. I especially connected with Hermione. I feel like when you can connect with a character or multiple characters in a story then you are more likely to enjoy it.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
I do not. I carry an over the shoulder bag. It has books (2 currently), my laptop, folders and papers for work.

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes, actually I do. Especially when they’re new. Judge me it’s fine!

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Both, doesn’t bother me either way!

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Twilight. Now that I think about it honesty. I mean….maybe that’s just me but, I really didn’t connect with it and like I said earlier I just couldn’t get through the last book and now that I think about it the poor writing is probably why.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I would say that my favorite memory of books from my childhood would include “Is your momma a llama”, my parents told me that I used to make them read it to me all the time!

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?
I believe it is The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. It’s less than 100 pages I believe.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
I believe one of the Harry Potter Books. If not it’s The Trespasser by Tana French.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I am not a writer other than my blog. However I have considered writing before.

12. When did you get into reading?
I always loved reading but I really gained a passion for it in 7th grade after reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

13. What is your favourite classic book?
To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch 22, The Outsiders, Fahrenheit 451, The Catcher in the Rye

14. In school what was your best subject?

Science and English.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I would probably give it a second chance because I feel like that would be the universes was of telling me I need to give it a second chance.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Hmmm.. that’s a good question. I would say the Kite Runner but I feel like those might be more popular now that the movies are out.

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
Forgetting to pre-write or pre-plan and realizing the night before it’s supposed to go up that I haven’t written it and scrambling to get it done in a decent amount of time so I can go to bed.

18. What is your favorite word?
I don’t think that I have ever been asked that question before. I’m not sure I have a favorite word.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I am a nerd 100%. Maybe a little bit of a dork too!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires all the way. Though I haven’t read any Vampire series that I really loved (yet), Vampire Diaries (the show) was my jam!

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels. I don’t know what a shapeshifter is. Maybe I should though.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves. #TeamJacob (honestly the only good thing about Twilight. Unpopular opinion I know).

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Zombies! Honestly because I am obsessed with The Walking Dead.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
I tend to gravitate towards novels with Love Triangles in them.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Both! I love my romance books but sometimes action or suspense is great too!

 

This was so much fun to do! If you complete this please tag WonderlandiansBooks ! If you haven’t already you should check out her blog! It’s great!

 

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Choose Kind…

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‘My name is August. I won’t describe to you what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie’s parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder, is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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Sitting here literally minutes after finishing the book I am still in tears. Coincidentally enough as I finished the book and posted it on my IG story, a fellow teacher friend replies and says to me “there’s a story on ABC right now about The Wonder Boy” and of course I had to turn it on. I’m sitting here yet again in tears because this little kid says to the news lady after she asks them if any of them were nervous about meeting Nathaniel:

Wonder Quote 1

 

And I am sobbing uncontrollably! But anyways! Let’s get back to the review because I could talk for hours about how that little comment gave me chills and how I wish that more kids thought that way. But we’ll get back to that later.

Wonder is one of those books that makes you really think. It makes you want to go and hug everyone you see. Personally I wanted to go into the book and hug Auggie and his family. I wanted to hurt some people at times too and then I wanted to hug some of those same people for the amazing things that they in turn did for Auggie. If you have not yet read this book, if you do and you come back and tell me it doesn’t make you look at the world a little differently…I’m doing to tell you to read it again.

I can honestly say that reading this book has changed me. I wish that this book had been around when I was growing up. Now granted I can honestly say that I was lucky and that I had a good childhood. I went to a small private Catholic school and bullying was not tolerated. We also had such a small class and we had all been in the same class since preschool or kindergarten so we were honestly like family. There was no teasing. I got lucky. Now being a teacher…I see that some kids are not that lucky, and kids can be down right mean.

Being a kid in today’s world can be terrifying. If you felt that way when you were growing up I can promise you that you will appreciate Auggies story. Even if you didn’t experience that (I didn’t) you will appreciate it. Just make sure that as you’re reading it…you’re really reading it. Let it all sink in as you read the words.

Imagine how terrifying it would be, as a 10-year old, to enter a new school…let alone a school for the first time. That is what Auggie had to deal with. As if that isn’t enough, he also has a severe facial deformity that can….stop strangers in their tracks. This right here is going to make all of the usual trials and tribulations of a fifth grader even more heightened and intense.

This well written story about growing up highlights Auggies smart and funny personality that wins over the hearts of many (including the readers). Mostly Auggie’s smart and funny personality captured the heart of his Middle-School Director…Mr. Tushman.

When Auggie first met Mr. Tushman he did not want to be attending school. He was very apprehensive about this new journey he was about to embark on, but Mr. Tushman ensured him that he would make sure that his first year in school, would be a good one.

We follow Auggie through a year that is full of ups and downs. Despite Auggie’s positive attitude through it all, this story is not an easy one to read. If you tend to get emotional I suggest having some tissues ready. My emotions ranged from crying hysterically to laughter, to anger. Not all kids are nice. –> That kills me. Some kids have a tendency to put up a front when adults are around and as soon as no one is looking…they show their true colors. As if kids weren’t mean enough sometimes….even some of the adults are just cruel.

Though the book is primarily written from the perspective of Auggie, we get to hear from a few other characters POV as well. We hear from six different characters throughout the course of this story and I loved hearing from each of them. I felt that each voice played an important role in Auggie’s story, giving us a direct view into Auggie’s beautiful soul.

 

I will not include any spoilers. But I will say that as I approached the end of the book, like I said earlier, I found myself crying uncontrollably. Now you’re probably thinking – great something bad happens and no one wants to deal with that. But you’re wrong! They were tears of joy. The message that comes from reading this book is one that everyone can deserve to hear. This story will break your heart…but it should also inspire you.

Despite all that Auggie has been through I personally feel that he has more courage, heart and determination to get through life than most of us ever will. I personally think that the big take away message can be summed up in a few words…

“Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you”….The Golden Rule.

I personally love that this book is geared towards children of this age because honestly this is a rough time for them. They are changing, their bodies are changing they want to be cool but sometimes they want to do the right thing. I feel like making this a priority read for students of this age group (10-12 year olds) we will begin to see a shift in how our kids act. I hope that any child that reads this (anyone that reads this really) is left with a better understanding about the importance of being considerate towards others and empathetic towards others as well.

 

Now that I feel like I have rambled enough…I have but one more thing to say…

No matter where you go, what you do or what people say to you or how they treat you always remember….

 

Wonder Quote 2

 

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{ Book Blogger Hop } January 12th – 18th


Book Blogger Hop

 

 

Hello there blog friends!! Welcome to my first ever Book Blogger Hop! I am super excited and I hope that you are too! I found this via one of my Book Blogger groups on facebook thanks to Ginger Mom Reads (be sure to check out her blog too it’s awesome!).

This amazing Book Blogger Hop is hosted by the amazing Billy from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and I am very excited to be hopping on this fun train!!

But anyways a little bit about this Book Blogger Hop. Here’s what happens. There’s a question selected for each week that we can answer for you guys and if you click the link at the top of this post you can find links to even more book bloggers who have answered the same question. It’s pretty cool! So I figured every once in a while I would add an extra post in and share with you a Book Blogger Hop! So here’s my first one!

This weeks question comes from Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer 

 

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Here my friends is my answer! Now my TBR list is honestly like a mile long so….I’m only going to give you a few!

1.Wonder by RJ Palacio (**I just finished this one! Come back Wednesday for my full review!)
2. Ballardvale Blues by Rachel Veznaian
3. How to be a BAWSE by Lilly Singh (I’m re-reading this one!)
4. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
5. Chemistry by Weike Wang
6. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

 

Let me know what you think of this extra post in the comments below! I probably won’t do this very often BUT I thought it would be fun to do every once in a while! While you’re at it let me know what titles YOU are excited to read this year!

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Lucky by Alice Sebold

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In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit – as she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and confidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved”.

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Lucky Book Quote

This is what I remember”…the first line of Lucky. This disturbing yet well written novel is the memoir of Alice Sebold’s rape and the aftermath of it. Just like her novel The Lovely Bones (see my review by following this link) the first line sucks you in, gets you hooked. It’s the kind of first line that demands that you continue to read. I mean if I didn’t I would constantly be wondering….what do you remember? About what? What happened? There are so many questions that flood through my head after reading a line like that. Bravo to Miss Sebold for being an impeccable writer. Each word after these first very important words, are a testament to how brave Sebold is and how amazing of a writer she is, each page following those first five words are an act of courage.

Even before her actual first words of this amazing memoir, Sebold leaves an even bigger impression on us with her title…think about it for a minute…Lucky. It’s a memoir about how she was raped and beaten…nearly to death….remember i said nearly. So is her title supposed to be ironic? Somewhat humorous? Personally I think it’s her way of telling the truth. Think about it, she could have died. Her attacker could have beaten her to death, he could have done worse to her. It had happened before. She say that in her brief prologue:

Lucky Prologue

Lucky was published in 1999 and as you can imagine there came great backlash with the book. As did her New York Times bestseller, The Lovely Bones. In all honesty it’s hard these days to find people who can say kind words about these books. Eight years later and it has become all too easy to pretend that this book didn’t have an impact on us or that it didn’t touch us in some type of way.

Unlike some memoirs, Sebold did a nice job making sure that she kept hers from seeming commercialized. Everyone has a story, and everyone is entitled to tell that story sure but sometimes it’s done for the wrong reason. Sebold’s memoir served as a form of therapy almost for her. As you read you can hear the intensity in the words yet she continues to write…especially about such a private thing.

Her writing in both Lucky and The Lovely Bones were an even exchange between clinical and almost poetic. Her writing alternates between short and simple sentences and novelistic phrases when it seems appropriate and it makes for a great read. For example, as she describes the awful scene of her rape, you wouldn’t expect it to be poetic or novelistic, and it’s not. She gets straight to the point. She writes nothing but the facts, exactly as the happened. Her detail in these moments is so precise, you want to look away but you also want to continue to read…to have written this any other way, would have been an injustice. At the same time, however, it seems as though you almost shouldn’t be reading it…like you were snooping in your sisters room and found her diary and starting reading it only to this horrific story, one you know you shouldn’t be reading but yet you still are and want to know more. And in an instant, just like that Sebold is able to switch gears.

After her description of the horrific scene that changed her life forever, Sebold’s story changes direction. She begins to tell the story of how she was going to come to grips with that moment and how she would attempt to put her life back together. We follow Sebold through her times of shame, alienation and the inevitable trial of her rapist. Even though she could have spiraled down a rabbit hole with all of these feelings (and to be honest I wouldn’t blame her one bit), she managed to pull herself out of it, she fought against being a victim and she fought for and with herself.

I read Lucky after I read The Lovely Bones. I had never read anything like either of these books and to be honest when I did begin reading them I wasn’t 100% sure that I was going to be able to make it through them. They’re a heavy read, they’re an emotional read, and I remember feeling angry and sad and all of the other feelings one might feel when reading something like this.

I have never experienced what Sebold did, but I do know people who have and I’ve seen them do the same thing she did. They pulled themselves out of the hole that they could have easily fallen into and they pulled themselves up and each day they make the choice to move on with their lives. I commend them for that, I admire their courage, I admire Sebold’s courag. I admire her courage for being able to pull herself out of that hole and I admire her even more for being able to write about it and share it with the world.

Have you read Lucky or The Lovely Bones? If you have what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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2017 Reading Challenge…I failed…

November of 2016 when I joined the Book of the Month Club I decided that I was going to set a goal for myself for 2017.

Goodreads has a “Reading Challenge” that you can set every year. For 2017 I decided that I was going to try to read 15 books. Well…I can say that I didn’t make it. I fell about 4 books short of my goal, but that’s okay!! So I thought that I would share a list of the books that I read this year with all of you and what I plan to make my goal for 2018! (Each one is linked to a book review, click on the title to read it!)

1. The Trespasser by Tana French

trespasser

 

2. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Sun is also a star

3. Lucky You by Erika Carter 

lucky you

4. The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn 

grown up

 

5. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

 

behind her eyes

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

everything

7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

exit west

 

8. Start Up by Doree Shafrir 

startup

 

9. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls 

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10. I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones
(this I don’t have a review on yet…coming soon!!)

i am that girl

 

11. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

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I have done a review on each of these books (with the exception of one….I Am That Girl), because I want that review to be well written and sometimes it takes time to get things the way that we want them to be! I of course would highly recommend all of the above books to anyone who hasn’t read them! Now since I didn’t quite meet my goal for this year I would at least like to leave my goal at 15 books for 2018, BUT I feel like I can do better! So I think that I am going to make my goal for this year to read 20 books! That’s totally doable! Who knows maybe I’ll end up reading more!!

First on my list is Wonder ! I am already a few chapters in and am so excited!!

Do you have a reading challenge for 2018?? What is it? Leave it in the comments below! I would love to know!

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Young Adult Contemporary Meets Sci-Fi

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There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection.
Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome.

The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the fist time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be —whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are the feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Continue reading “Young Adult Contemporary Meets Sci-Fi”

A Book About Loneliness

Okay, before I go into anything about this book I will say that I don’t believe it should be listed under that Young Adult books, but that’s just my opinion. Now I was a young adult when I read it and I turned out just fine, but I feel like there are some things in this book that just aren’t suitable for people of certain ages.

Anyways, you know how I like to start my book reviews so here is a summary of the book.

Continue reading “A Book About Loneliness”

My thoughts on The Glass Castle…

The Glass Castle

 

Well, to start off I would like to say that this book took me longer to read than I would’ve liked it to. It’s not a very long book so normally I would’ve had it done in a day or two…maybe a week tops if I had a busy week. But it took me months to get through this book. No that’s not me saying that I didn’t like the book, to be honest I loved it! But there were parts that would just….anger me and I would have to put it down and walk away from it for a while.

 

The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood. She grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls began her memoir by why she felt the need to write about her family. She has finally “made it”, a successful writer in New York City. One day as she’s strolling down the street she comes across her mother…picking out of the dumpster, and out of shame, she sinks down into the seat of her taxi and pretends that she didn’t notice her. Later she will confront her mother, asking her what she is supposed to tell people about her parents. Her mother replies by telling her to tell the truth….simple as that. If you think about it, it’s really not that simple.

As Walls tries to come to terms with her upbringing throughout this memoir you begin to realize that The Glass Castle is anything but simple. We begin by learning of her young childhood on the west coast, her parents living as nomads. They moved so often between desert towns, always looking for the next big “adventure”. This chapter of Walls’ life we mainly get a look at her mother. She’s an artist and a writer, living in her own world. She doesn’t particularly show any concern in raising her children. She’s always looking for the next adventure…the next struggle. The family soon gives up their residence in Phoenix that her mother had inherited to move to her father’s home town of West Virginia…a small depressed coal town.

Once in West Virginia, the story begins to take a turn down a dark road. In this small town of West Virginia, the family begins to drift apart. Their father has taken a very dark turn, and up until this point he has always been the light of his daughters eye…..not so much anymore. Like their mother, their father has a big imagination. He takes small odd jobs that never seem to last long, and he is always chasing after this long lost dream to strike it rich with one of his crazy inventions. He continues to promise over and over again that once he strikes it rich he will build his family a “glass castle” – the most special project….a great big house for his family to settle down in. As their time in West Virginia goes on, things continue to get worse. However, Walls and her brother do their best to make the most of it. Feeding off of their father’s promise of the glass castle, they thought they would help him out by starting a hole in the backyard for the foundation of the new house. After it had been finished for a while, the family began to realize that there were certain things that they just couldn’t afford. One of them being trash pickup…which meant that the hole in the yard that was supposed to be used for the new house…would now be used for trash.

This is one of the situations that really angered me. These parents are just deliberately not taking care of their children. Making them empty promises and not caring how it could effect them later on in life. It really frustrated me that these parents…grown adults, could let their children go hungry, cold and without proper clothes or showers. These were the points where I had to put the book down for a while and breathe. The fact that I know there are still kids out there today that go through situations just like this one…makes me so angry. I feel for these children, I feel for the author, knowing that she lived this life.

Anyways…rant over. Determined not to end up like her parents, Walls moved herself to New York. She will go to college, graduate, gain employment as a writer, marry a rich husband, and settle down in her Park Avenue apartment. Walls tries to get her parents to visit her new apartment, to get a sneak peek into her new lifestyle. Her father of course refuses, her mother visits, but questions her values. Tells her that she raised her differently and that she shouldn’t be living the way that she is.

Umm values?? No offense but I didn’t realize that not feeding your children and basically living on the street were values that you wanted your children to pick up. I thought that parents were always supposed to want more for their kids. That they were supposed to want their kids to have more than they did, have better jobs, go to better schools. Just an overall better life. Instead, Walls has done just that and she is getting criticized for it….so unfair.

Now, I understand that there is probably more to this than meets the eye. Sure her parents were a drunk father and a somewhat lazy mother, but after reading and really reflecting on this memoir I feel like there are other lessons to be learned here. It reminds me of the quote….

 

money cant buy happiness

 

 

I mean if you think about it, as Walls grew up she never really seemed unhappy until she was really old enough to understand what was going on. Each time they moved she really did see it as an adventure. Did her parents always provide her and her siblings with the food, clothes and other things that they needed? No. But what they did provide them with was love and happiness. All of their kids grew up believing in themselves, with an appreciation for the things that most of us take for granted today but most importantly they were loved, unconditionally.

Though they struggled to get through this crazy thing called life, they did it. They all made it. Did they all make it big? No they didn’t but they made it. We all grow up with struggles, they’re all different. But our struggles are what make us beautiful.

 

Have you read The Glass Castle or maybe seen the movie?? If you have please let me know what you thought in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!!

XoXo Shelby

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