This book was so fantastic. Walls writes with a brutal honesty that somehow entertains. It is amazing what she overcame to be where she is today. I would read it again and again.
Wow. What an unbelievable life this woman had. My arms fell asleep as I laid in bed an entire day to read this story. Couldn't put it down.
A fabulous read! What a life this girl / woman has lived! Amazing strength!
Unbelievable that the author not only survived her childhood but made a success of her adult life as well. She managed not only to graduate from Vassar, but to qualify for an excellent job afterward.
Her success is a tribute to her grit, determination, and inner strength. Maybe a dreadful childhood can make some people stronger in this way, or maybe something in her genetic makeup came to the fore and gave her a boost that a lot of others might not have had. Whatever, things seem to have worked out wonderfully well for her, and her miserable childhood was the inspiration for this gutsy, very moving memoir. The story she tells is beyond the beyond with misery, dysfunction, starvation, neglect, and just a lot of cold uncaring on the part of her parents. She gives them far too much credit in her acknowledgements before the story begins. I would not, and could not, have been so forgiving and kind. It should be said that her brother and one of her sisters seem to have made good lives for themselves, too. The other sister we are left wondering about, just a little. And I think that her mom, in the end, got about what she wanted out of life. You've got to read this book. It's an amazing memoir!
Excellent book! If you think you lived a poor life as a child, you must read this. Even if you didn't, it will really make you appreciate what you had. A page turner - it will make you sad and make you laugh out loud.
This book was so much fun to read! I enjoyed every minute of it. I was rooting for the characters and mad at others, it was a great book!
Such a fascinating, can't put down read. I can't tell if this was a fiction story but it says memoir so I couldn't believe what a childhood the author goes through. I felt so mad at the parents who bring 4 kids in this world and do not take care of them. So sad. An alcoholic dad, careless mom who can teach but instead spends hours on hours painting and not giving her kids a better future, and the places the kids get brought to, each worse than the other. These parents are such a disgrace, how can anyone say that they loved their kids.