Book cover - Educated - Author Tara Westover

Educated

Author Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 7,460 Ratings

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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

Reviews


  • Educated by Tara Westover

    5
    By SG - CT
    This book was beyond riveting. Tara Westover grew up in a family most of us could not fathom, one in which her family who keeps their children out of school, sees modern medicine as evil, and didn’t even get her a birth certificate until about age 9. The backdrop of Buck’s Peak in rural Idaho serves to ground this family but separates Tara both physically and educationally from the modern world until against all odds, she grows wings, a painful process that pits her between the educated world and the one her bipolar father and submissive, herbalist mother have so carefully constructed for her. Tara’s strength and revealed weaknesses make you root for her. And her beautiful articulate writing and development of family members leaves you heartbroken, retrospective, and involved. She lets us into her world, her struggles, and her eventual education that serves to liberate her. I couldn’t put this book down and didn’t want to finish it so awed am I by Tara’s true life story.
  • Educated

    2
    By mickithemouse
    Didn’t care for it, couldn’t feel any interest in any of the characters
  • Outstanding Read!!!!!

    5
    By nsuzuu
    As someone who barely reads (I know it’s not good), this book took my breath away. Tara Westover’s story is incredibly unique, with twists and turns every page. I could hardly believe I was reading a factual memoir. If I could give this book 100 stars I would!! Definitely a must read.
  • Educated

    4
    By jerrisu
    This is a page turner because it’s so unbelievable. So unbelievable, in fact, that even after completion of the last chapter, I have to remind myself that it is nonfiction. Only 4 stars because, at times, the writer left me wondering what had happened to certain family member as she had not mentioned them for a long while. I.e., Richard. By chapter 16 I was asking myself, Where was HE when all this craziness was happening?
  • 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