Educated by Tara Westover: A Review


This book has been on my book radar ever since it came out! I just now got around to reading it. I checked it from the library a couple times and figured I would read it. At last each time it needed to go back I hadn’t read it.

I recently got an audible free trial. I do that when it resets itself for the year. 🙂 I not only got one credit but I received two credits. So a lot with Little Women, I chose Educated for my other credit. Boy, was I really missing out with this book.

Tara Westover is an overcomer and a survivor. I cannot understand how a family could do that to her. I do like the disclaimer in the front of the book that it is not about religion but it is her story.

I’m so fascinated by the mormon faith and how it has so many facets to it. If I knew that was part of it, I probably would have devoured this book a lot sooner. I guess the survivalist mormons are something I’m going to have to research. I really need to start reading descriptions of books and not just small reviews and looking at the cover.

Although it is not about religion but you watch Tara grow up and fight her way to make something of herself and something for her. I loved her brother Tyler and how he fought for something more and encouraged Tara to do the same.

I struggled a little bit after I found out how old Tara was. She is just a couple months older than I am and what she overcame in 31 years is amazing. I wondered how could like happen to someone that’s my age. I can’t imagine growing up with a father who didn’t trust the government and was prepping for the last days and a mother who would make you a serum to “fix it or heal” you. Also I couldn’t imagine not being able to be educated and having to fight for that right. Also, I really wonder if she ever figured out when her real birthdate is. 🙂

My rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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