Educated - Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Educated book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7,274 Ratings)

Educated Tara Westover Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue


“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

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  • Astounding and perhaps a little too creative

    3
    By mr sterling
    I loved this book but began to have nagging doubts about it later. Perhaps truth mixed with fiction to keep it likely. Somehow the antagonists seem to rise from the dead miraculously. No real names and her interview on the news hour made her look like she was hiding something.
  • Educated

    5
    By Missouri gabe
    Thought provoking, heart wrenching, raw honesty that pushes the reader to feel the heavy weight of violence and family dysfunction- a testament to the power and strength of the human spirit!
  • Educated is Powerful

    5
    By CalZenner
    This book is extremely powerful and heartbreakingly beautiful. The raw emotion and turmoil that Tara faced through her life is more than many people could ever begin to handle. Not only did she handle it, she came out of it stronger than ever. Her perseverance is something to look up to. You won’t regret reading this.
  • Loved

    5
    By Dddddddddddbbbbb
    This book is wonderful on so many levels. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Could not put it down and was sad to see it end!
  • Educated

    5
    By beauteebiz
    OMG I just can’t begin to express how much I loved this book………its not a great story but it’s sooooo important.
  • Astonishing

    5
    By ljpd
    What a story. Had to keep reminding myself it was a memoir. Excellent
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Ybgdess
    I highly recommend this book! I read it in 2 days. The strength of the author amazes me.
  • Educated

    5
    By Melodie Baker
    I loved this story. I couldn’t help but transcend to my own story or religious extremism and unintended manipulation. The pages turned by themselves. Interesting how a perspective of a white isolated Mormon girl could could reach a black southern baptist girl and almost seamlessly tell the story I’ve been hiding my entire life. Thank you Tara for releasing my self-mutilating desire to belong.
  • Educated

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    By BS12
    Spectacular! Gripping. Couldn’t put down. Emotional and raw. I highly recommend.
  • EXCELLENT

    5
    By MJW6506
    I picked this book up on a Friday afternoon and finished it the very next day. Dr. Westover’s experiences as a child and young adult are daunting to the rest of us living in a less rural society and having been raised by people with less extreme views of government. I often wanted to throw the book down in disgust at her parent’s beliefs and lack of faith in their own daughter. It’s almost unbelievable to me that these type of people actually exist in this country today, yet this book is proof of their existence. If you are looking for a page-turner, look no further. This is it! I wonder if I am the only reader who felt that there were sexual undertones to the violence bestowed on Tara by her brother. He is obviously a psychopath. I just found it so odd that her parents had such a hard time admitting to her brother’s violent tendencies when they were there, witnessing it all along. It makes me wonder if Tara didn’t perhaps also allege a little more than just violent outbursts from her brother. Whatever the case, people in her family would do well to keep a wide birth around her brother, “Shawn”, who is capable of such extreme violence. He is one of those people whose temper will eventually land him in prison on a murder charge. A sick, psychopathic dog killer. To Dr. Westover, if you are reading this someday, I want to tell you what an inspiration you are to others and that your sacrifice was not in vain. Estrangement from family is always hard, no matter the circumstances. Whatever you do and however you decide to live your life, I wish you much peace and happiness. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope it brought you some measure of vindication to tell it. Be well and have a wonderful, happy life. You deserve it.

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