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Educated by Tara Westover Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
“Extraordinary . . . an act of courage and self-invention.”—The New York Times
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST: National Book Critics Circle’s Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize
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 [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

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Educated (Tara Westover) Book Reviews

Story of triumphIf you thought your childhood was crummy, just read this book. Her coming of age story made me need to give out hugs to others and myself. And the ending - her triumph despite losing what most young adults need most - family - had me sobbing and clapping. I felt this book to my core. Must read!.Score: 5/5

ShakenOne of the most powerful books I’ve ever written..Score: 5/5

Educated does educateIt’s a great book to read and see the other side of people’s lives..Score: 5/5

Stunning!This book was beyond amazing. I was gripped by every page. I want to scream to anyone and everyone I know to read this book. I loved it soooo much!!!! I will never get over it..Score: 5/5

Great BookAn incredible read of a girls journey to become educated after being sheltered and raised only with her families point of view..Score: 5/5

EducationInspirational! I could not have done..Score: 5/5

BrilliantTakes your breath away, it’s that good..Score: 5/5

A must readEnlightening!.Score: 5/5

A must read5 stars! Great job Tara Westover..Score: 5/5

WOWOne of the best books I have ever read - so well written. This book is so knowledgeable and there is something everyone can take from it..Score: 5/5

More than a memoirWhat begins as a memoir transcends into a spiritual and philosophical account, influencing the reader to question their own ideas and beliefs..Score: 5/5

An awesome read!I just couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Very goodIt was very good and a very inspiring story about growing and when you start growing you are learning and that’s when you become educated, it’s not changing you it’s making have the knowledge on how the world is and how you want to ack in it..Score: 5/5

Fantastic!!I read this book I’m less than 24 hours, I couldn’t put it down. During my almost 10 years of education that culminated with my PhD, I have read many, many books, papers, essays, journals, etc, Dr. Westover’s memoir is entrenched in my mind as any of the physics writings I have read. Thank you to Dr. Westover for sharing your story.Score: 5/5

EducatedBased on a true story. Fascinating life journey of main character/author..Score: 4/5

EducatedThis true story is crazy! Crazy good too! What a life ….Score: 5/5

Overall 5 Star BookEducated is quite a sorrowful memoir encircling a woman who grew up in an abusive Mormon family. This book displays how disfigured her childhood was and how she turned that around during her adulthood. The emotional and physical pain she went through as a child is unimaginable having to survive her family. The details of her hurting are unreal, and if you are drawn towards saddening true stories I recommend this memoir for you..Score: 5/5

EducatedAmazing true story.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis is the most inspirational story I have read so far in my entire life and I am so grateful it is shared with the world. 10/10 this book is phenomenal in every way..Score: 5/5

Absolutely AmazingI have no words, this is an incredible book. I couldn’t put it down. Savoring it wasn’t an option because it was so good!.Score: 5/5

Excellent readingCouldn’t put this book down.Score: 5/5

20 stars if I could give itSO good!!!! I could not put it down!.Score: 5/5

Hard to read. . . but beautifully written..Score: 5/5

MUST readI was completely engrossed in this book on a trip with a lot of down time. It is a MUST read, and now a favorite book of mine..Score: 5/5

A must read!A riveting story that chronicles the life of a young woman plagued by the love for her family whilst also learning to love herself. Amazing storytelling with resolve that grips you to ever word in the book..Score: 5/5

Dysfunctional No MoreAs a person who grew up in a family “almost” as dysfunctional as this family, I saw myself in her at many times throughout this book. We made many similar choices, however, I was proud of myself as I read her struggle to accept the separation from the family. My acceptance was more swift and terminal. I wanted her to do what I did and do it sooner and with my resolve. At least she finally did it..Score: 5/5

Worth it!I realllly loved this book and i’m barely a big reader. This was great.Score: 4/5

EducatedYears ago I worked with children who lived in a similar family dynamic. I felt then , and do now that they were bullied by a father who ruled with intimidation, anger and self righteousness. He pulled his kids out of public school to homeschool them when whispers of abuse began to surface. After reading this book, I wonder anew, if they or some of them-survived or if they became willing participants in a a false history that asserted the evil of public schools, doctors ,counselors, and the government. This book gave me hope that those bright intelligent kids found a way out to become what THEY wanted to become. I started this book in the morning and read into the early morning to finish it. A 5 star read..Score: 5/5

Can I give this 6 stars?Everything AND more! A MUST READ..Score: 5/5

Quick readThis book isn't bad by any means. It's a quick read that keeps you interested enough in completing. The author is sincere but ultimately, the book is just personal memoir of a young woman who grew up in a situation different from some and by her view most- I say some as everyones perception of growth is weighed differently in the experiences as individuals. Her growth isn't monumental to the world or society but only for herself- which is fantastic but I don't see the point in reading it as there is nothing but self impact for the author and not the reader..Score: 3/5

I’m a Mormon and i highly recommend this bookI love how this book shows how lack of education can lead to a toxic, dangerous, and limited life (and relationships). I highly recommend this book. I know a lot of LDS (Mormon) people who are unsure if they should read this book or not because they’ve heard that it bashes on the church or their religious beliefs. The story is based on a Mormon family, but a very very extreme one that also made up extra laws and rules that the Church doesn’t teach or encourage. And at the end of the book the author even makes sure to add that her life story isn’t her trying to bash on the LDS/Mormon religion, by her sharing her life stories she’s more making the point of how important it it to educate yourself. I highly recommend this book..Score: 5/5

An educationStunningly account of one person’s journey to find herself amid horrific odds. It gives a voice to many of us who chose to live our lives fully and not believe that the truth is a lie and a lie the truth. The best book I’ve read in years..Score: 5/5

ParentingThis is a story of parenting: bad parenting. Tara Westover states it is not a story of Mormonism; it is. A balance of faith, ignorance, prejudice and fundamentalism on one side with science and knowledge on the other. When faith denies science you need to chose one. Of course, you can keep both concepts at the same time by sidestepping the facts. (I.e. Virgin birth. God can will Mary pregnant. Biology be damned.). Raised by wolves seems almost Montessori. I thank the author!.Score: 4/5

A Moving and Heartbreaking MemoirThis is an incredible book in so many levels. At first, I took the title to refer to Westover’s attempt to educate herself out of the terribly insular world her family lived in. By the end of the book, I felt that the title referred to the eye opening and painful education Westover had as she got out into the world and realized how terribly dysfunctional her family really was. She had to find a new way to deal with her family. I was very impressed with the way Westover dealt with some of the most painful memories of her family. She was very careful to check with every family member she remembered as being there at the time of the incidents, and shared their perspectives regardless of whether or not they agreed with hers. Finally, I was most impressed with the sense of hope I found as I finished the book. Despite the ugliness of some of the events in the book, Westover is never bitter. This book will stay with you..Score: 5/5

Compelling Account of a Life!This book was a quick read, full of personal accounts of the author’s life. She writes extremely well, stating both happy and sad moments that shaped who she has become. She has lived a lifetime in her few years on this planet; I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn about her. Excellent book!!.Score: 5/5

EducatedA well organized and written memoir. The ideas and words flow like a warm knife through butter. The reader feels the ups and downs of the author’s life as she treads on with her life. It’s like climbing a mountain and finally reaching the peak and finally seeing what you couldn’t before..Score: 5/5

Amazing!Couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

Amazing story of self-discoveryA quest for knowledge that eventually puts the author on a path of self-discovery and battle of conflicting views. Great read!!!!.Score: 3/5

Easy readGood easy read..Score: 5/5

EducatedOne of the best books I’ve ever read, it was gut wrenching sadness but I had to carry on this journey with Tara..Score: 5/5

What an inspiring life!The author wrote very candidly of her family, her childhood, adolescence, and her ultimate breaking point. She fought admirably for an education and the life she wanted but the ultimate battle was waged with herself..Score: 5/5

A - F: ScaleOverall: Good. Long. Unique..Score: 4/5

Interesting readWell written account of a way of life I did not think possible in the United States. Could not get over the criminality that occurred without being reported to authorities, seemed very irresponsible and selfish. Still it is a remarkable end to an unusual beginning..Score: 4/5

Awesome!Brave and excellent. Page turner.Score: 5/5

Superb!No one there was such fervor around this book it is wonderful!.Score: 5/5

The worst trash of AmericaI read the first 50 pages and quit. This is trash. As a physician who has practiced in rural America, I have treated these people. These people are trash and I don’t need to read a book that glorifies the worst part of America. I read Hillbilly Elegy and thought that was very well written. I do not see what people like about this book..Score: 1/5

AmazingProbably the best book I ever read.Score: 5/5

Wow!What a life! For someone like me, who’d grown up poor, but “educated” on the crowded east coast of America, the the congested state of NJ, Tara’s life is unfathomable. Thank you for telling your story and making the right decision to go on with YOUR life and not your father’s version of your life..Score: 5/5

Awesome!This is an awesome, eye-opening, educational book about one woman’s lifecycle from obedient daughter to a self-sufficient strong woman. I loved reading about her highs and lows and what she learned in school and about herself and her family along the way. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

EducatedThis book was page turning . It speaks to that inner person that lives in all of us. Our, familial stories and histories may be very different but yet very similar !...it’s okay to take the first step to renewal.Score: 5/5

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