An awesome coming of age story that details, although a group of individuals can go through the same experience, they can evolve to different conclusions. Through the daily monetary struggles (from the diehard non-conforming parents) of not meeting realistic living conditions (food, shelter, electricity etc.) Mountain Goat (lead character/author) learned the value of a dollar and the art of budgeting.
The story was so0 real, the imagery was fantastic. The love Mountain Goat had for her father was to a fault. When he would have asked me for money that belonged to the house for the month’s budget, I would not have given it to him – NO WAY! After maturing a bit, the plan the siblings came up with was genius. It was going through the hardships that made the older children into responsible individuals. The baby of the family had the classic entitlement syndrome.
This work of art was sad, FUNNY, endearing and hard to believe with incredible detail. The pool hours and cost deal stood out. The dad coming through for Mountain Goat for school was a tear jerker.
This book is a wonderful memoir! The events are so dramatic, you can't believe that a family, let alone a little girl, has to go through all that. You can't help but become Involved and feel apart of their lives.
Simply amazing that Jennette was able to tell the story of so many chapters in her bizarre life. When most would have bottled then up inside, her sharing them were a healing it seems and was something I could identify with having come from coal region life as well as family who were raised in Appalachia. I knew people who had similar lives in some respects. but her?? Wow. I would love to write a more thorough review but I need some time to reflect. However I could not put this down much at all in the past few days since I started it so that must tell you something about this life. More to follow......
I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!
Wasn't sure about this book at first. But what a crazy story! And even if not completely true (seeing as I don't remember anything from when I was 2 or 3) I was totally entertained. The author - obviously not in the business to be a voice over actor - was tolerable and I enjoyed it being read by the person who lived it. I SMH, I laughed, I was inspired even and extremely intrigued.
Also... as an afterthought... I liked that it wasn't too "deep" in the "life lesson learned" blah blah - just a great memoir with no underlying message (at least none that I took as revelationary).
I have listened to it twice and so interested I also bread J. Walls' other books. Beautifully written and the author/narrator cannot be beat!
This book really impacted me. You talk about chaos, these poor children. You begin to think about what we as a society should do about families like this and you find that there are no easy answers. We have the right to be crazy, but do we have the right to make our children crazy with our craziness? And who decides where that line is? Listen to this book, narrated by Jeannette herself with all the real emotion that can only come from having lived this actual life, and you will be asking yourself these questions and more.