Glass Castle is on the reading list for my 9th grade grandson. It looked interesting, so we, as grandparents, decided to read it. The first book for my English class in 9th grade (back in the Dark Ages) was Johnny Tremain. It was not at all challenging (I read it all on the first day and then had to try to stay awake for the next several weeks while the class plowed through it), although I now understand it was an award-winning book for teens. This autobiography is much more challenging, and I suspect that some parents may find portions of the book and some of the language offensive. For those who have read Westover’s “Educated,” written ten years later, there is one similarity. In both cases the author survives a difficult childhood, but the difficulties faced are wildly different. One family shuns education, while the other honors it. The writing is clear and straight ahead, making it almost possible to identify with the author. We liked this one so much that we are now reading Walls’ “Half Broke Horses.”

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