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.
I read the book and listened to the audible book. Listening to the author narrating it was phenomenal! She put so much emphasis on the happy and sad parts that it was like she was sitting right in front of you telling you the story. What a true inspiration Jeannette is! I just love this book... each time I'm finished, I tend to sit back and imagine living her life.
I wish I could say I didn't like the book, but I did. I wish it was fiction, but it's not. As a studying social worker, my heart aches with the way Jeannette and her family lived. I wish I could hate her parents, but they had such good moments it's hard to say I do. I don't know how she made it out the way she did and how she can retell their story with so much love, but she has done a remarkable job. You're a tough one Jeannette and I admire your resiliency.
I love a good story. Audible allows me to be outside, hiking and walking and keeping up on great literature.
A rather depressing story of poverty and mental health. I can't say I enjoyed it, but I was compelled to keep listening. I wasn't crazy about the narration. It seemed inconsistent and stagnant.