Book Review – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is one of the best books I have read this year.
And that is a powerful statement since I read more than one book a week on average. You must read Educated.
The true story of Tara Westover’s life, raised by a survivalist father and a meek mother in the mountains of Idaho, her story is real, fascinating and a triumph.
Having never attended school until she applied to go to college, Tara’s childhood was a crazy mix of violence, danger, suspicion, work, work and more work as she and her many siblings tried to please a demanding, religious father in a tight family lacking love.
Despite being raised in isolation and taught that the government was out to kill them, Tara suspected there was more to life than what she knew. Eventually going out on a limb and taking the college entrance exams, Tara suddenly finds herself in a classroom for the first time as a seventeen year old.
College mentors and professors quickly see Tara’s potential and hunger for knowledge and opportunities begin to come her way, including Harvard and Cambridge.
The new Tara finds herself shunned by much of her family, and yet despite that separation she perseveres with her education and the eventual writing of this book, a triumphant tale of breaking-away and a testament to the life-changing power of education.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five Stars for Educated.
Read last week’s review of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry