I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
It is hard to believe that people lead lives such as the one Walls narrates in this book. That a person can have an upbringing such as the one she had and turn out capable and well-adjusted is nothing short of a miracle. I loved that Jeanette developed strength from adversity and was inspired by her.
I WANT TO PUNCH HER PARENTS IN THE FACE! I could not finish this book. I was very annoyed at how stupid and apathetic ALL of the adults in this book are. This may be a true story but I have trouble believing anyone can be this idiotic and irresponsible. The narration was OK. It made the story more authentic but her accent changed a lot throughout.
I did listen to Half Broke Horses, which I liked much better, but I probably would not listen to anything else without a very good recommendation. I really did NOT like this book, at all!
I think as the author she is too close to the story, and has only limited performance skills.
It was a waste of time. I did not find it entertaining or enlightening, just depressing and dismal.
Ms. Walls life story certainly suggests she has done well from difficult beginnings, but honestly there was just too much of the irresponsible mother and father who simply could not be bothered to raise or care for their children once they'd gotten around to having them.
The author gives accounts of her life and her family from her perspective but is truly evaluative of her surroundings. It is projective of many households and you actually feel in the moment of the readers memory. Makes you want to know more...
A wonderfully unique story, beautifully written and told with raw authenticity. Submerge yourself for awhile in a world we all can somehow relate to and appreciate.
i dont even know how to express my love for this book. it was so well written and the perspective was amazing. the author wrote from the perspective of the age she was while she wrote about that age in her life. You can read the change in her views and how she sees the world and her parents as she matures and grows. its a sad story at some points but also wonderful. A TRUE REAL story that makes you think and opens up the way you see some of the kids and people around you. I cant give it enough praise. READ IT! i couldnt take my ear buds out.
This book is such a stunning combination of beauty and heartbreak.
As sad as it is, it's also humorous and uplifting. I highly recommend it.