Untamed by Glennon Doyle Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over one million copies sold! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick)

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post Cosmopolitan • Marie Claire Bloomberg Parade • “Untamed will liberate women—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love

This is how you find yourself.

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.

For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.

Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.

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- Self help-ish memoir3 star

Easy to read, good but wouldn’t read it twice.

- Untamed5 star

Such a good book! I cried so many times because Glennon was able to capture my exact thoughts and feelings in countless situations through her own experiences. It was eye opening, brave and courageous and truly life changing.

- Stunning from start to finish5 star

Glennon Doyle has helped me sink into my knowing more than I ever have. Her writing is a feast for the mind. She writes with such vivid emotion and logic and clarity. I hope one day I get to write the way she does. With conviction and fearlessness.

- A story of becoming a truer version of you.5 star

Evolution is my word for the season. Glennon’s story of becoming, of “I am”, spoke strongly to me for I have always fought the Knowing and tried to fit in with what was right at that moment. When I was in my 20s, I married knowing he was not a man that I would be able grow with. I walked away when I was ready. When I was 30, I became engaged to the man who impregnated me to keep me around. I walked away when I was ready. Now, I am 42. On my 40th birthday I declared that this decade was for me. Glennon’s story resonates true to that declaration.

- Awesome5 star


- My new #1!5 star

This book just topped my all time favorites list. A list which has had the same number 1, for 30 years. Thank you Glennon Doyle, for reminding women everywhere that we are not crazy. We are goddamn Cheetahs.

- No thanks1 star

This was the first book in years I could not finish. The flow was choppy and her tone was incredibly patronizing and whiny. I usually try to finish all books, even those I don’t love or even like but I couldn’t finish this one. Waste of time!

- Inspiring, Empowering & Beautiful!5 star

I really enjoyed this book. I felt almost every chapter had a nugget that I could walk around with and ponder. I usually like books that you read from beginning to end that tell a story. I had to adjust to realize that her style of writing isn’t that way and it’s gloriously written in a way only Glennon could tell stories that are so wonderful. Everyone I let borrow it is in love with her heart and wisdom.

- Therapy 1013 star

If you’ve never been to therapy, you may enjoy this book as a quick start guide. If you find it to hold many answers for you, you may want to enjoy the real and sustaining benefits of psychotherapy yourself. I found it to be repetitive, preachy, and directed to an audience of people like herself (privileged women struggling with self acceptance). I do think it has value for a specific audience in that it covers basic concepts of self acceptance, mindfulness and making intentional choices.

- Yes!!5 star

Each story was powerful. Deeply appreciate the truth and vulnerability. Love love loved!!

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- Meh2 star

Not worth the hype. I enjoyed the parts about her life but that’s about it.

- Not worth the hype2 star

I don’t regret reading it but I will not be reading anything else by the author. In my opinion the author has a pretty high opinion of herself and I don’t know if it’s justified. But I can see how others would praise this book. Wasn’t my cup of tea.

- Don’t bother1 star

Disappointing. Don’t waste your money.

- Lifesaving5 star

This makes me want to change my entire life in a wonderful way.

- perfect5 star

everything i’ve ever needed to hear in one book

- Empowered5 star

Glennon tells her story in such an authentic way, that I feel relieved to experience someone not afraid to be honest. The honesty of anxiety, cages, self talk, confusion - opens hearts for us to love ourselves and listen to within.

- Eye opening!!5 star

This was the first of Glennon’s books that I’ve read and as much as I want to read more, I feel like I’d be going backwards in her magical life. Untamed opened my eyes to all of the dirty pink bunnies that I was chasing. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I decided to let go of these bunnies and be myself. I loved how different the flow of this book was and how easy it was to read. I’d highly suggest this book to anyone searching for clarity or simply searching themselves.

- Untamed: To be both Held and Free5 star

I loved the book, especially its call to come ‘Home’, to return to our true nature, the unlearning of all the conditioning to just be...to just be both held and free, untamed and wild, authentic and alive. To be still and know, and to trust our knowing.

- Love5 star

Could have a me as a straight woman. Love the book and admire your beautiful author. Thank you.

- Not a memoir1 star

This book was recommended on some site as being a wonderful read. I couldn’t finish it. This was not a memoir and the way she writes and describes everything is not my style at all. Drudging and overly patronizing.

- Untamed5 star

This book is an amazing read that empowers women everywhere. I am grateful my friend Kate Hurlbut recommended this book to me and I will share it with others.

- Sage1 star

A very misguided and shallow book from a disturbed and unbalanced person.

- Inspiring! Captivating!5 star

A must read for everyone out there to truly embrace the WILD nature that lives inside each of us!

- Glennon is my spirit animal!5 star

I had never heard of Glennon Doyle but was eager for a new read and saw it was in Reese’s Book Club, so I decided to give it a try…omg I have never been so happy with a random purchase in all my life! This book immediately spoke to me, in my own language, in a scary way like she could read my thoughts. It is a manifesto on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness and truth. It should be required reading for every single human being who is trying to figure out who they are and need a guiding light. Thank you for sharing your story, it is a true inspiration!

- Sam NBC 845 star


- Unimpressed2 star

This book was not my cup of tea. The flow was choppy and the concepts, while valuable, were often obscured by the stories used to illustrate them.

- Untamed5 star

This book was everything I needed. During this pandemic, we are able to just be more than we have in our lives previously. I would read a chapter and need to stop to write or journal or discuss it with others and sometimes just cry. It’s brilliant and will be on my nightstand for years to come.

- Incredible5 star

This book is simply incredible. It raised a mirror to all of my beliefs, shook my perspective on my life and forced me to examine the authenticity I live my life with. Do yourself a favor and read it, it’s worth it

- Untamed2 star

If found this book to be repetitive, self indulgent and irritating. The author makes the same points over and over and could easily have said what she wanted in a single chapter. I consider it a total waste of time.

- Everything I needed to hear that has never been said.5 star

The stories are imperfectly, perfect.

- STUNNING5 star

I am absolutely IN LOVE with how glennon has spoke in this book. It has absolutely changed my thoughts. This book, it’s changed ME . Thank you glennon for writing something so pure, something that everyone should read and for being unapologetically yourself. I’m amazed. I want to reread this book 1,000 times over.

- UNTAMED5 star

One of the best, most inspiring works I have EVER had the pleasure of reading. Glennon Doyle knows how to say the things, that are swirling in our hearts and minds, needing to be said, when we don’t know quite how to express those feelings! She’s a genius!

- Best book of 20205 star

Required reading, it will change your life and give you hope.

- Amazing!5 star

I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I read it! Raw honesty. Couldn’t put it down! I didn’t want it to end. Definitely made me look at my feelings in a different light.

- Must Read Absolutely Love5 star

I love this book. My eyes are glued to the book and it has been a very fun, inspirational, and educational way to spend my quarantine. The book has an amazing message that I think all women but especially young women should read. I’m not someone who reads or who gets lost in books. Ask any of my past English teachers They will back me up on this but this book is an amazing read and I can’t put it down. I have been and will continue to tell everyone how amazing this book is.

- Outstanding.5 star

One of the best books I’ve read in my life. Thank you.

- Braids and Glue!!!!5 star

You’ve done it again, Glennon! I love your honesty and words. I can’t really articulate how to best describe this book. Read it. You will think about yourself and life hopefully new and differently.

- Maybe I’m not the right audience?1 star

Not familiar with the author before this, but found the book to be preachy and self indulgent. No need to spend chapter after chapter telling the world that you do what you want and then justifying it over and over again. One of the very few books that I’ve quit in my life.

- So good!5 star

Been telling everyone I know to read this book - it’s such a game changer. Raises so many issues Ive thought about but didnt have the words to express. Highly recommend for anyone who wants change but doesnt know how to go about it.

- Incredible book!5 star

Life changing book. Do yourself a favor and read it now!

- One of my absolute favorites5 star

I just read the entire book in half a day. I laughed and cried and felt seen. This book helped shed light on wounds I didn’t know I still carried with me. As someone who was raised by a single mother, reading “vows” felt like healing. This is a special work of art. Thank you.

- Love. There are almost no words.5 star

I inhaled this book while traveling, loving every minute. Within the first few pages I was figuring out how many copies I needed to buy and send to other women in my life. Each page was beautifully written, open, honest and touching. I am so grateful that she has put into words ways that I can return to myself, not improving or changing, but returning. Thank you Glennon for reminding us that our mother’s martyrdom is not ours to carry, that we can trust our knowing and return to love. As I approach 30, I am eternally grateful.

- Glendon, can you write a teen version?5 star

While I don’t have experiences with all topics covered in the book nor do I agree wholeheartedly with every word, Untamed is sincerely written and utterly thought provoking. On multiple occasions tears came to my eyes, not because the sentiment was necessarily a sad one, but because I fully understood the words as if, “Yes! That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to express myself. “ As the mother of twin 11 year old girls, I’m particularly taken with the cell phone, memo, and cream cheese anecdotes. my most often used words used to be, Mommy will help or Mommy will do it and now it’s, life is hard, solve your problem. Please write a condensed version of Untamed for teens. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to pass along the messages you’ve carefully laid out.

- A must read5 star

IMHO a MUST-read for ALL. Thank you for this book Glennon Doyle!

- How to move as one AND be in community5 star

It is difficult to write on such polarizing topics. Glennon respected the process and articulated both sides of story while getting her points across. She provided great advice on how to love and respect ourselves, converse with kids/loved ones, and build community. Thanks Glennon.

- Thank you for UNTAMED5 star

Your story is my story. Thank you for your words, your courage, your truth. The world needs to hear this ❤️

- Life Altering Awesomeness!5 star

I don’t consider myself a “book person” ... and neither do my friends ... but when all I can talk about is this fabulous, courageous, humorous guide to answering major life questions and learning amazing parenting skills ... while a full-forced pandemic virus is sweeping the planet ... my friends realized I must have found a gem. Now my whole tribe and I are soaking up all the wisdom, inspiration, and truth. This is one of the most grounded and empowering books about how to cope, remain true to yourself, live in integrity, and succeed in true happiness I’ve ever read. So grateful that I happened into it on its release date. This was everything I needed in the world today!

- I’d give it a million stars if I could5 star

I sat down to read and read until I finished. I started at 6 and finished at 11:30 at night and did not move. This book is filled with stories of courage and bravery, and how to listen to yourself. Get it. Read it. I will never be the same. Every once in a while I read a book that so resonates with me that I can’t read anything else for weeks afterward because I keep thinking about the stories and how profound they are, this is one of those, in fact I think that this is the one that has affected me most. YOU NEED THIS BOOK, it will change you too, in the best way, and above all else it will teach you to be a God dammed cheetah.

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- Repetitive3 star

Good writer, nice thoughts but was too repetitive and religious for me to truly enjoy.

- Easy to see why it’s so loved3 star

The writing style was casual and made it comfortable to read, while forming a quick bond with the author, however the messages within were not new to me, nor were they motivating for me. I can see how many could relate and use her words to inspire change in their own lives, however. All in all, not a book I will re-read, but for the right person it can be a good recommendation.

- Amazing5 star

Loved this book! She spoke so much truth and I loved her focus on your inner knowing 💖

- Most meaningful book I’ve read5 star

Self empowering Liberating Spiritual Parental Sexual and intimate Hilarious Triumphant Beautiful

- Untamed4 star

Thoughtful, playful and raw. Just what we need, when we need it.

- A must read5 star

I wanted to read it again before I even finished it. It made me feel seen and understood.

- Repetitive But Deep4 star

I read this very quickly as there are parts that can be skipped over due to repetition. I felt inspired by her experiences and her choices. I loved the honesty. Laugh out loud funny, very relatable. Easy reading but great depth.

- Untamed5 star

Extraordinary, insightful, beautiful, heart-warming and truly inspiring!!!!

- Revelation/Revolution5 star

Wow! Came across this book while searching for my own answers and needing guidance...within the first 100 pages, I knew I was meant to read this book! I didn’t want to put it down. The openness and directness with which Ms Doyle has written, has left me in awe. She has written, things I’ve felt and wanted to believe in my gut, for so many years, in the vocabulary or words I wasn’t able to find nor could express! Her incredible journey of self-discovery and insight has given me the courage to explore my own “KNOWING”. Thank you for sharing this with me and the world!

- Must read!5 star

I read Untamed like a cheetah in the wild, and then I read it all over again! Amazingly beautiful, raw and real. Well done Glennon!

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