Jeannette Walls' greatest attribute is her ability to forgive. Throughout
this book, the reader can see how many times Jeannette would have been
justified in hating her parents and abandoning them forever. However,
Rex is a very complex character. He undoubtedly spent most of his childhood
being molested by his own mother and living with people who passed on
their dysfunctional lifestyle to him. He is a brilliant man who shows
signs of great potential in his life, but for whatever reasons, is unable........
Of all the family members, she is the one most easy to dislike. She
is a free spirit who had a contentious relationship with her control
freak of a mother. As a result, she never wants to be held within the
normal boundaries of a wife and mother. She is frequently dominated by
Even though she is the oldest child, Lori usually defers to Jeannette's
assertive and perhaps more intelligent personality. She tends to be somewhat
shy and for years doesn't even realize that not everyone has blurry vision.
Only when she gets her first pair of glasses does she.......
As the only boy among the siblings, Brian's first and lasting trait
is his power and strength. He becomes the one who sides with Jeannette
in all the fights they must face in their lives. He is the one who becomes
the great protector who is not afraid to take on those who are larger
She is the most fragile of the four children, and by the end of the story, there is no resolution to the problem of her instability. From the beginning of her life, Maureen was passed around for others to care for her. She ran outside as a toddler without a diaper. As she...........
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