The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls is an aspiring journalist who is ashamed of her past. She grew up with three siblings who were going through the same difficulties as she was, and two parents whose idea of life was different from society. Growing up practically homeless her entire life was a struggle that she is ashamed of, but helped her become the journalist she is today. Jeannette grew up with parents who have a different way of looking at the world. Her father was an entrepreneur, but could never maintain a job. Her mother was a struggling artist who would do anything to avoid teaching. When her mother did have a teaching job she would find numerous excuses not to go. Jeannette also had three siblings who were very much like her, strong willed, smart, and willing to do anything to get away from their parents. At times Jeannette’s family would go hungry because her father would take their money and purchase alcohol. Jeannette and her brother would collect cans to earn money but most times she would have to salvage for food by looking in the cafeteria trashcan. She didn’t have any friends and was embarrassed because of her background; although no matter how rough things became the siblings stayed together. Jeannette became interested in journalism in High School. At first it was just a way to stay occupied, but she later realized it was her key to fitting in. She was able to go to sporting events without feeling like an outsider. She finally felt like she belonged. She was so excited that her siblings and she decided to save up enough money to go New York. They each spent all their spare time working in shops, selling posters or picking up cans for spare change. They did anything they could do to earn money. One day when Jeannette and her siblings were at school their father broke into their money and took all of it so he could buy more alcohol. They were devastated; all of their hard work had disappeared. They had no idea where to go...
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