What incredible courage, strength and sensitivity shine through this memoir. I can only thank Ms. Westover for the gift she has given everyone who reads her story. THANK YOU!
First time writing a review, but I just want Tara to know people are rooting her on. This book was so powerful and inspirational to me; even though my story is much different, Tara’s words injected so much hope and resilience in my own life. Thank you for the gift of YOU and you’re truly making an impact on this world. I read the book in a few days because it was so good. I definitely recommend it! P.S. I can’t wait to hear about the second part of your life and hope you write again someday!
Excellent book. One of the best books I’ve read!
From page 1 I was captured by both this incredible true story and the author’s extraordinary ability to tell it. The reader is given insight not just into Mormonism but fundamental religiosity and its impact on the family. A gripping tale of a woman’s journey of overcoming an unimaginable childhood to find peace and purpose in adulthood.
I couldn’t put this book down. It was inspiring to read how the author overcame such a horrific family life to end up where she has. I found this book to be magnificent.
I’m not Mormon. I’m not from Idaho. But, this book, with a different setting in a different era, was my life. I understood the nervous laughter. I felt the embarrassment and then the shame of being embarrassed. Written beautifully and painfully, I highly recommend.
From grueling circumstances arise truly extraordinary people. Tara Westover took me on the journey of her life and illuminated rural fundamentalist American culture. Tragedy is overcome by great people, sometimes from those you least expect. The sense of what is ‘moral’ both destroy and come to the rescue in this incredible story. It left me laughing at times and crying at others. Educated is the most remarkable and courageous memoir that I have read.