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#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

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

Umm What?I just finished this story. I sympathized with the characters. But as I finished the book I kept waiting for the relevance piece. Like why am I reading this and what’s the relevance to my world. I kept waiting for the story to come full circle. It never did/does. Hmmm....Score: 1/5

Hard to believeHard to believe that people live like this. I couldn’t put this intriguing book down. Makes me so thankful for my loving family..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

Engaging and HeartbreakingThis memoir has been one of the most engaging I’ve read so far, and yet it was also one of the most disturbing and heartbreaking I’ve ever read. Tara Westover’s Educated is a firsthand account of the tragic consequences of decades-long gaslighting, emotional manipulation, and physical abuse. There are many customer reviews disputing the credibility of Westover’s account; ironically, anyone who themselves has been a victim or an intimate witness of psychological abuse knows this skepticism all too well. It is hard to believe, because we don’t want to believe it. Though the memoir has been thoroughly fact checked by both family members and professional fact checkers, and Westover is careful to include many footnotes for memories that diverge from other witnesses’ accounts, it is perhaps easier for some to believe that Westover is simply embellishing reality. Perhaps that is an easier portrait to believe than acknowledging that those we ought to have unconditional faith in (i.e. our family) can sometimes be undeserving of that gift. A powerful read, particularly for anyone who has been a victim of abuse (or perhaps an abuser themselves), or anyone who has ever been made to feel small and less than by those who were supposed to love and protect them..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

EducatedCould not stop reading...very engaging. A truly talented writer. Yet I believe most important is the courage and ability of this young woman to look at self..Score: 5/5

Inspiring and eye openingWhile I have never endured ANYTHING like this, it’s still relatable on so many levels. A truly inspiring and heart breaking story. I wish it was 900 more pages. Being able to put myself in the authors shoes really brings out an empathy- an understanding, of different cultures/religions..Score: 5/5

A story of courageBeautifully written, poignant, sad. But, at the same time, inspiring. How a young woman could survive, regenerate and flourish under the weight of her childhood experiences is a mystery. I was deeply affected by her description of her struggle as she developed a sense of self and as she described her journey of self discovery and courage in that process..Score: 5/5

So many characters that we see in our own livesTARA has achieved an incredible education, and she shows what spectacular outcomes come from choosing a path and staying focused..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

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

EducatedAmazing true story.Score: 5/5

Hard to read. . . but beautifully written..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

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

BrilliantTakes your breath away, it’s that good..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

A must read5 stars! Great job Tara Westover..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

EducatedKind of amazing that someone with so much adversity could accomplish so much. Kind of rough at times..Score: 3/5

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

Educated, great storyThis book was recommended by a friend. Within the first few pages I became very I interested in her story. At times it was hard to read feeling a great sense of sadness to think this actually happened. It made me appreciate the single parent home I grew up in. With a mom not willing to force me and my siblings to live with my father’s mental illness. What the author endured for years was unbelievable. I don’t know Ms. Westover but I am very proud she used education as a way out to the truth..Score: 5/5

CaptivatingBest book I’ve read in years!.Score: 5/5

Insightful...Having grown up in rural Montana, there are threads of this story that weave into the fabric of my own..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

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

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

Great StoryCould not put this down..Score: 5/5

A good book.Well written..Score: 5/5

Easy readGood easy read..Score: 5/5

Tara Westover book review.Captivating story. I couldn’t put the book down..Score: 1/5

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

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

EducatedThis book tore at my heartstrings. There were times when I wondered if she would survive and I had to marvel at her strength to not only get through her life but to thrive and not end up hating everybody that tried to keep her from achieving her goal. I literally held my breath when she went off to college at BYU and had to live in a dorm. I’m so glad she made it through!.Score: 5/5

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

EducatedVery interesting in many ways. Sad. Un estudio sociológico de una realidad para mi desconocida. Por lo que se refiere a la violencia contra las mujeres es igual en el mundo, comienza en la propia familia. Excelente libro..Score: 5/5

Tara Westover 2020I was astonished throughout my read, continuously reviewing the profile of Tara, in search of signs that she was once that person. How difficult it is to disengage from a lifestyle that began at birth. Again, I am bombarded with this cliche message that speaks truth at such a depth, never judge a book by its cover..Score: 5/5

StrengthYou can survive, a choice. The pain of mental health issues..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

ExcellentVery good read!.Score: 5/5

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

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

WowMoving story of overcoming an abusive childhood I really enjoyed this book.Score: 5/5

Will leave you speechlessAn incredible story. I’m moved beyond words. Astonishing, beautiful and horrific all at the same time..Score: 5/5

Very interesting storyNot sure I believe this is all a true story. I don’t believe the father could ever live through a fire like was written without any medical attention. This family had a lot of horrible accidents. I also find that hard to believe. I can’t believe she scored 28 on her ACT with her background. I just don’t buy it’s all true. Enjoyed the book and felt horrible about it happening. So I had to google her and the family and that’s when I started to doubt the book..Score: 5/5

Riveting.All families are messy. It was in the honest, authentic balanced accounting of the story that makes me a fan of the author..Score: 5/5

Must read!!!Loved this book!!.Score: 4/5

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

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

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