I LOVED this book. It is a true story of young girl who grow up in a very dysfunctional family. Her only happiness is hanging out at the funeral home.
I will first say that I am not a fan of memoirs. That being said, this book was fascinating. While it is portrays abysmal parenting, sexual abuse, violence and dysfunction at it's absolute worst, the author manages to do so without whining or making excuses for poor choices. The tone is humorous and forthright and I enjoyed the book immensely.
This book's description mislead me. I found it really interesting to read about a girl who practically grows up in a funeral home. The title was extremely alluring. But only about 20% of the story happens in the funeral home. Furthermore, her spending time with her best friend whose family owns a mortuary and her stint as a hearse driver seems more like a subplot. The novel is more about the exploits of a neglected teenageranother one of these types of memoir. And it doesn't even make the cut as an extraordinary one. The author tells more than she shows. I think "The Glass Castle" is the quintessential neglected-child memoir. If you want to read that kind of story, read "The Glass Castle" and spare yourself the rest.
What a wonderful and heart felt book. So well written that I could visualize the main character's home and family. I felt so sorry for the main character as well as her siblings. This book was impossible to put down! Hooray for the courage of this author in talking about her abusive upbringing and the power of the human spirit to overcome.
Typical dysfunctional family story, but this one is told with humor. However, the issue of sexual abuse is not even mentioned until near the end of the book and the question - at least in my mind was never entirely resolved. Did it occur or not? Still the humor in it made it the best of this type that I have read lately. I give it a meh..