This book really made me stop and think about my life and what I value. Reading about Frank McCourt's life saddened my heart. No one should have to live such a hard life, especially a child. Frank was forced into being the man of the house at a young age. While his dad went off to another country, drinking his wages, Frank was out trying to make ends meet. Not everything he did was legal, he stole bread, milk, apples, etc. just to feed his family. He was also surrounded by so much death. His own siblings died right in front of him, his first love died of consumption, his friend from the hospital died of diphtheria, the list goes on and on. The perseverance of Frank McCourt really inspires me. His childhood makes me think of all the privileges we have in America, his longing to be in our country deepened my patriotism, his overall determination to help his family made me think of my own. Frank McCourt is a true hero and an inspiration to people everywhere.