• Ela Zielinski

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

(Memoir)


There are all kinds of parenting styles. The Glass Castle features one of the most radical of them. Rose Mary and Rex Walls, with their ruinous flaws and nonconformist philosophies, single handedly redefine what it means to exercise free-range parenting. This intriguing memoir by author Jeanette Walls displays her traumatic and unstable childhood subjected to a nomadic lifestyle riddled with poverty in the mid 20th century. The memoir goes into detail of her struggles of being a child of an alcoholic father and a neglectful mother. Throughout the memoir, Jeanette and her family are constantly moving, and their family constantly changing. Having been in a constant habit of concealing her childhood scars, Jeanette finally lets the walls come crashing down in a candid and deeply personal recollection of incomparable hardship, shame and abuse that is somehow in equal footing as beauty. This memorable, intense and story-like book makes what would seem like boring non-fiction into an enticing, well-written, and full-circle story.


Unexpected, blunt, and beautiful: we felt that this book was hard to put down. It completely shifted our perspectives on memoirs and non-fiction books. Although it is non-fiction, we were never bored or uninterested. Thus, we, collectively, would give this book 4.75 out of 5 stars. We promise that The Glass Castle will, with frequency, leave you with your mouth agape and mind perplexed in an attempt to see the reprehensibility in Jeanette Wall’s parents as equivocal. It is Jeanette’s intention to do the same, and to love her wildly dysfunctional family unconditionally. The novel comes full circle, and leaves us thinking about its prominent theme of family and growth. I [Ela] have not only learned a lot from this book, but I felt like I was a part of the book, captivated by the story of Jeanette Walls’ life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books about hardships, growth, family issues, and adventures.


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

(Mystery Fiction)


In a town where a murder was supposedly solved, 17 year old protagonist Pippa (Pip) Fitz-Amobi realizes that there is more to be found about the mystery. Pip goes on a hunt over her town for clues, suspects, and evidence that the crime is not fully solved. This suspenseful and captivating murder mystery by Holly Jackson also expresses an underlying theme of forming and sustaining close bonds with friends. The Deuteragonists of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murdur are Cara, Naomi, Lauren, and Ravi. Although the main focus of the book is on the murder, Pip learns a lot about friendship, and how to get through difficult times.


Imogen Buck, a sophomore at Greenwich High School and member of The Beak says that A Good Girl’s Guide to Murdur is relatable, unpredictable and intriguing. “I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who liked “One of Us is Lying” or “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett'' because it has a very similar vibe” Imogen states. She rates this book 5 out of 5 stars because of its irresistible suspense and intriguing narrative.


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

(Biography)


The book, “Unbroken” By Laura Hillenbrand is a biography about a boy named Louis Zambrini. Louis is quite the troublemaker, and has little passion for anything other than . His responsible brother sees potential in him, and decides to force him to put hard work and determination into the Track and Field program, hoping that Louis will channel his negative energy into something more worthwhile and beneficial to his life. Louis does just that, and ends up conjuring a passion for Track. The story takes place from the 1939 Berlin Olympics, to World War II.


Emma Stehmann, a freshman and member of the GHS varsity swim team, would describe “Unbroken” as heroic, inspirational, and a courageous story. She says that this is one of her favorite books, giving the book 5 out of 5 stars. Emma says, “I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an inspirational survival story that really brings you through what the character is feeling.” This motivational story about passion, and strength shows a theme of hard work, and the importance of a strong work ethic.




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