A very disturbing readout excellently written. At times funny and always with an undercurrent of sadness at the extreme dysfunction.
An emotionally difficulty read. Worth is anyway.
Excellent book, very thought provoking. Had trouble putting it down. It was difficult to believe there could be parents like these two people.
This is absolutely a great book. I really enjoyed Jeanette Wall's storytelling and style of the presentation.
Once you start this it will be a page turner.
This is an amazing, tragic and heartwarming autobiography of a woman who survived a childhood most of us could barely imagine. One of four children of Rex and Rose Mary Walls, Jeannette eloquently tells the tale of her chaotic childhood in a clear and compelling voice.
The author and her three siblings were brought up by deeply troubled grown-ups who rebelled against the "establishment", lived off the land more often than not, and neglected to provide their children with even the most basic necessities. The kids, though hungry, cold and dirty, learned to fend for themselves. I had to put the book down a few times out of pure frustration with the elder Walls. Both were intelligent and talented, but completely unwilling to take on even the slightest responsibility in caring for the children.
Despite an almost hopeless upbringing, all but one of the children managed to avoid a seemingly-guaranteed hopeless adulthood. As to the one child who could not, one is left to wonder about the influence of genetics.
While this book may sound like a downer, it is not. It is a fascinating tale of survival and love, tolerance and forgiveness. I highly recommend it.
This is one of those books that is really difficult to evaluate and give a rating to. One cannot really say they enjoy it, as there is some really messed up stuff in this book, but in the end Jeannette Walls' story is so inspiring, I could not help but feel as though I came away a better person from reading the book. Not good for those who are easily bothered by stories of dysfunctional families, as this family just about wins the medal for most dysfunctional parents who actually still care about their kids. Still, as I began to read the story of the Walls siblings, their family adventures, and how they escape their family background, there was a tremendous sense of amazement for how two people so detached could still give their children exactly what they needed to ultimately survive. Nobody's childhood is perfect, but it will almost certainly look far better after reading this book.
I was pleasantly surprised by this memoir. I enjoyed it from cover to cover and was amazed at the bright eyed optomism of the Walls family. It was refreshing to see a life of poverty and instability could produce such well adjusted members of society. there was no bitterness or anger or any of the hurt that I felt reading about the life these kids had to lead, it was truly a sweet story of a family. I cant wait to read her next book!
I loved this book. It was heartbreaking but I could not put it down. I do not normally read memiors but would recommend this book to anyone - great read!!!
From one non-fiction reader to all others. Read this book and be shocked at what life brings to some and not others.