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What are everyone's thoughts on Rose Mary Walls. What did you think about her description of herself as an "excitement addict"? (p. 93).

I read this in 9th grade, I really need to see this movie!!!!!! the book was awesome on how Jeanette Walls explains her life in such small details that fills a lot of feelings and other things. Not more thing. People that had the same struggles would at least see that they aren't the only ones who are fighting through hard times. I can realate to this because I had a rough life even though I'm young, a lot happened.... 

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""Nosiree,' Mom said. She didn't approve of glasses. If you had weak eyes, Mom believed, they needed exercise to get strong. The way she saw it, glasses were like crutches. They prevented people with feeble eyes from learning to see the world on their own. She said people had been trying to get her to wear glasses for years, and she had refused. But the nurse sent another note saying Lori couldn't attend Emerson unless she wore glasses, and the school would pay for them, so Mom gave in." (Walls, page 96) 

What do you think is the importance of Lori's experience when she tries on glasses for the first time. What was your reaction to this scene? What is interesting about her mother's reaction to Lori's experience?

Hello I am Brianna Bishop and I go to ECI. I haven't been reading much but Ive read a little bit of the book. From reading what I have read it is very intreseting how this young girl is living and all the problems she has to go through. What stood out for me is that, When the little girl had said she wa 3 years old and she was burned really bad and had to go to the hospital that blew my mind, how could you let your 3 year old be by the stove alone even if you trust them. In the ending i just hope that she grows up and knows right from wrong and shes a beautiful young lady.

From reading up to page 93 the story that stood out to me the most was probably the love story and how the mom and dad met. I absolutely love romantic stories and it is such an adorable story.

I can't believe Erma (the grandma) would ever do such a thing to Brian, her own grandchild. Sexually abusing a kid who doesn't know any better. I thought that Rex would say something to his mom, but he didn't and even blamed the kids for defending themselves. I was so outraged when I read that part, but like Jeanette said Erma must have done the same thing to Rex and that explains why he acts the way he does and does the things he does. It was the most saddest scene I've ever read.

"It wasn't just any tree. It was an ancient Joshua tree. It stood in a crease of land where the desert ended and the mountain began, forming a wind tunnel. From the time the Joshua tree was a tiny sapling, it had been so beaten down by the whipping wind that, rather than trying to grow skyward, it had grown in the direction that the wind pushed it. . . One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not to far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. 'You'd be destroying what makes it special,' she said. 'It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty.'" ( 35-38 Walls)
What do you think this might be a metaphor for in the novel? 

Great comments and questions everyone. For next week please try to read to page 198.

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“Mom likes to encourage self-sufficiency in all living creatures” (64). I saw this and thought it summed up some of Rose and Rex's parenting style? What are the benefits/drawbacks of having this outlook?
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