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byTara Westover

Paperback | February 20, 2018

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For readers of The Glass Castle and Wild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future

#1 International Bestseller

Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.

Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school—ever—and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought.


Tara Westover is an American author, based in the U.K. She was born in Idaho in 1986 and led a sheltered childhood. Her father did not believe in public education. She worked with her parents, becoming a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She did not attend a school until age seventeen. From there, went on to graduate from Brigham Youn...
Title:EducatedFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this!! I cannot begin to explain how powerful this book is. The writing is sublime, the story is mind-boggling, and Tara gives us all a lesson in perseverance. This book made me live memoirs, and Tara’s matter-of-fact tone will make your jaw drop.
Date published: 2019-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this!! I cannot begin to explain how powerful this book is. The writing is sublime, the story is mind-boggling, and Tara gives us all a lesson in perseverance. This book made me live memoirs, and Tara’s matter-of-fact tone will make your jaw drop.
Date published: 2019-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring The first word that comes to mind to me is WOW. This book was definitely incredible and inspiring what she has gone through and what she has accomplished. This book was definitely hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone if they are looking for a book to read.
Date published: 2019-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down Such a powerful and well written story. Brought it on vacation and could not put it down.
Date published: 2019-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivational Wow tara Westovers life was crazy! Such a powerful, beautiful story... all she went through and her struggles for an education and in the end she made it.
Date published: 2019-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Beautifully written. I found that I would get lost in the "story" than I would have to remind myself this was someone's reality. I sometimes got lost in the era, until I read a line that put this entire novel and Obamacare in the same world, and it is still hard to wrap my head around. Reading Tara's stories with Shawn was emotional as I would feel anger, and couldn't understand her thinking. I think this novel takes patience and an open mind. I certainly recommend this book to anyone, it is one I would enjoy reading over again!
Date published: 2019-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST Read I could not put this book down. It was amazing! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some say it’s hard to imagine This was a good read. It was hard to put down, the only thing that’s hard to believe is the intellect doesn’t match the common sense. Do yourself a favour and read the book it helps one understand how some people can be so sheltered in life in so many ways and never break out of the mindset.
Date published: 2019-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Tara Westover is a fantastic writer and has a lot of guts to put her life out there. Many in my book club found this to be such an eye-opening delve into a life we knew nothing about -- and some found it hit a little too close to home... makes for a great discussion!
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Tara is a beautifully articulate writer who bravely tells the story of her childhood and beyond. This book made me cry, cringe, fume, relate and be inspired. Educated is a must read memoir!!
Date published: 2019-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute MUST Read Educated is real, shocking, and raw. I thought about it for weeks after reading it and had to have a meeting with my friends about it who have also read it just to unpack all our feelings about it. It was intense in the best way. I loved it and would read again. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow.. I don't really know what to say about this story. I understand it's a memoir, but I can't believe these events to be true. Tara is a home schooled young girl who lives under her parents influence. Her father works in the scrap yard and he believes the world is coming to an end. As a young child your brought up to believe everything your parents tell you. Then as she grew up, her views shifted and she realized the danger her father was putting her and her siblings in. She decided to go to school and got a PhD, which I think is totally far fetched. I don't know how you go from no school to getting a doctorate. But, that was her life. The story was really slow to get into in the beginning, but I kept pushing myself to see why this book won the Good Reads award for best memoir of 2018. And as of right now, I still don't know how this book won. I wouldn't recommend. The only part I loved about this story was how her mother used Essential Oils to heal everyone. YAY Essential Oils!!
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really interesting! It was a little hard to get into at first, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. I'm really glad I stuck with it. Very interesting story. Reminded me a little bit of The Glass Castle. Quick and easy beach/dock/travel read. Would recommend!
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was a breeze and touched on hard topics. I really enjoyed the story and found it so interesting how she just kept going no matter what stood in her way. If you liked the Glass Castle this is a similar read. I would also recommend North of Normal if you liked this book :)
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I really enjoyed Tara’s writing style, she was very good at capturing the landscapes of different places she lived in her life, especially her childhood home. Her descriptions reminded me a bit of L.M. Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables), very sort of, delicate and flowery, which contrasted well with the harshness of her circumstances. Some of the events in this book are so crazy, you wouldn’t believe they are true! I was kept on the edge of my seat for the whole book. Would definitely recommend, I devoured this book.
Date published: 2019-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very profound Tara had suffered in her old life. She went to school to free herself. Then again, she suffers as a results of acquiring new mind set and realizing how far she has drifted away from her family. But there is no going back once you know.
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful enough to heal you ! Amazing story. I respect Tara for writing this . Myself learned the meaning of education. It is not the certificates / grades that makes an individual educated. As Tara put it "“Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create.” ". Amazing a must read for adults , parents and for everyone
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This is one of the best books I have read in a long time, if you only read one book make it this!
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK I believed the hype and bought this book as a lot of people were raving about it and it spent over a year on the New York Times' Bestseller list. I was a tad disappointed. The writing style was good but the story a bit threadbare. I wish she had spent some time discussing her love of education and learning in more than 4 pages in a book that's over 400 pages.
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! A very powerful story. The authors lifetime of trials and serious personal challenges make the outcome absolutely incredible.
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent read! Hard to put down, but also hard to read at times to.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to Put Down! Amazing story and told well by the author. The book grips on to you and doesn't let you go.
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful This is such a good read. It took a short bit to get into but then I was hooked. I had a hard time believing the readers experience could even be real at times because it was so extreme. An excellent read.
Date published: 2019-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing I want to give this 3.5 stars. I appreciated the fact that she noted others memories of the same incidences and refrred to journals and emails in others.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating A great read, just like Hillbilly Elegy. Shows nature can win over nurture.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Powerful and inspiring. I found this book really hard to put down. This book really showed how everyone in the world lives such different lives and hold such vastly different beliefs. A great recommendation for all fans of "The Glass Castle".
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Honest A beautiful account of the author’s upbringing, family loyalty, her journey beyond the world she grew up in, and the power of how a formal education changed her life.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good I thought this was a really good book. Interesting story
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible knowledge This book is One I am very glad I read it is an eye-opener and can certainly produce very controversial discussions I very much recommend you read it for many reasons this woman’s memoirs should be heard
Date published: 2019-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it, good read Moving story...great lesson on pursuing your own believes
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book i read in 2018 This was so good! Talented writer who is skilled at describing what abuse does to a person. Also, in spite of all she had to go through, you can tell she is not full of hatred. Lovely book.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A friend got this book and it wasn't her taste so she gave it to me. I couldn't put it down. Reading about Tara's upbringing was so disturbing. Her parents had a haphazard approach to parenting, that it's amazing to hear how she and Tyler were able to get their educations. It is such a riveting story.
Date published: 2019-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Shockingly Loved It I got this book by accident, but let me say i decided to read it and i didn't regret it, it's so well written and such an amazing story and it really pulls you in, i really did like this book.
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Shockingly Loved It I got this book as an accident and i have to say its very well written like i was shocked by how much i really liked this book !
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this in a day! It is so good that I couldn't put it down; I started and finished it in a day. It was such a powerful story that at times feels like you must be reading fiction because of how shocking it is. If you like memoirs, this is for you.
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read There aren't many adequate words to describe how amazing this book is. It is a heartbreaking tale of abuse, neglect, and mental illness, but also a beautiful insight into how Tara Westover thrived despite her horrific upbringing and lack of family support. Some of these reviews said it is "typical tale of growing up in the mountains" - I think this is a devastating misconception. It is far from a slow, boring book about mountain life. Nothing about it is typical. It was shocking and gut-wrenching. I think I read half the book with my hand clapped over my mouth. Amazing.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mental Health impact on family When people ask me if this is a book about homeschooling, Mormonism, human spirit, I say all of those elements, but overall, I found it to be about mental health and its effect on a family. I also found the tempo of the book, confusing. Perhaps the author’s style reflected the protagonist state of mind. A great reveal of isolation within a family, but not my favourite in terms of style.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I'm not a big reader but this book was absolutly amazing, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from worth reading Overall a very good read. There was a bit of a lull at the beginning of the 3rd part that lost my interest but definitely captured me again by the end. Definitely worth reading if you like true stories - at times it was hard to believe it was true.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Biography! The chapters regarding her home life and upbringing were powerful and painful to read. When the book looked at her meteoric rise in academia, things seem to rushed and unexplained. Despite her intellect and willingness to learn, the book leaves unexplained how an isolated person could become a super scholar in such a short period of time.
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, absorbing read Another story about a woman overcoming a very dysfunctional family past.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Writing Style JUST Ok, Story is Decent, if it's true I enjoy non-fiction and memoirs. This book tells an incredible story (if it is true, a lot of the time the author doubts her own memories) and gives insight to how some people in this world are raised. Like some of the other reviews mention, the story itself is good, but it isn't very well written. It's repetitive and uninteresting at times. I think it's worth the read but I wasn't blown away by it. If you like memoirs, read Growing Up Bin Laden - unreal!
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelmed I've just finished reading this book. It had interesting sections, some repetitive, and my interest waned towards the last one. Yes, Tara , overcame adversity; was intellectually able , curious with regards to furthering her education. Not an easy feat with her wild, dysfunctional family. However, there was a phone, T.V. and Internet in the home... Having read "HillyBilly Elergy", this was O.K.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing I couldn't put it down. Gave me shivers sometimes but an excellent read!
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I bought this book thinking it was about a home schooled child - much like myself. I wasn't exactly wrong, but wasn't exactly right either. It was different than I imagined, which made me enjoy it I think more than I expected. I'd been back and forth on reading this book for months but ultimately I am glad that I did. It's a book you almost hate to love, the events that happen make you cringe and not want to believe that people would continuously put their family in danger. The ending of the book was a little bit lack luster, but a solid read in general.
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Writing Style Lacking Like others, I was expecting another book written to the same calber as "The Glass Castle". The story rambled, lacked style and was repetitive at times. The life events were horrific and my only hope is that Tara sought out professional help. It was obvious that she was still inextricably tied to her dysfunctional past.
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book was an ok read for me, think will all the reviews I expected something more
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read! This book is incredible! From start to finish, it is a wild ride that inspires, frustrates, leaves you sad at times, and will have you looking for your own reflection within her experiences endured. The writing is incredible, hard to put down and unforgettable. I would give this book 10 stars if I could! I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Tara's memoir was both engrossing and difficult to read at times. While she recounted the day-to-day interactions within her communities both at home and at University, she was also courageous in letting the reader experience with her the inner self-doubt and turmoil experienced as she worked to traverse two very different worlds.
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING im in love with this book, such a great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Read it for English class in school and was 10x better than expected
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was well writen but not what I expected I heard amazing reviews of this book as a never-before-heard of inside look at growing up in a rural mountain family that homeschools and are strict mormons. But really it was a painful to read story of growing up with a parent with severe and untreated mental illness. Not my favourite read, but if you enjoyed Glass Castle you will like this one.
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't want to NOT be reading this As a huge fan of 'The Glass Castle' I was excited to hear so many great things about this book. What I wasn't prepared for was that I simply did not want it to end. A gripping story you can't even fathom to be true and a true page turner.
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. I picked this book up on sale thinking it'd be a riveting memoir much like The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The book itself is more about Tara's journey through the post secondary education system as a teenager who has had no previous formal education. I didn't find the memoir very compelling; the story seemed rather rushed to me. Her writing style was just okay. I do wish there was more information about her extended family and how they lived as Mormons.
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Purchased this book out of curiosity, and I loved it. Was moving and inspirational. 4 stars instead of 5 because some parts I found uninteresting. Overall, I think it is worth the read to see how far she came in life.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a Favourite I picked up Educated because of the hype, ratings, and reviews. As far as memoirs go this one is not a favourite. Tara's story is harrowing there's no debating it, but I quite honestly had a hard time picking it back up once I set it down. I was not as captivated as some of the other reviewers were.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W O W Was a great read that you could walk away from and come right back too. Was so amazing to read and see such wonderful achievements come from a dark place. I could not believe the events that happen to her, in this day and time.
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book completely inspired me. A gripping and deeply inspiring memoir. There is no one I wouldn't recommend this book to.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but not life changing Perhaps I’ve read too many books in this genre of late, but this one did not impress me as one of the best. I found Tara a bit bland, to be honest. Was her upbringing abusive and unconventional? Absolutely, but I was more interested in her parents, and their rise to riches and fame despite serious psychological problems to tell you the truth. I didn’t quite understand Tara’s academic success, and it made me question the purpose of our school system if one can get a Ph. D. without it. I also did not find her writing style to be as “eloquent”, as others have. It did make me want to learn more about fundamental Mormonism, however. Worth a read if you love memoirs. Otherwise, you could skip it.
Date published: 2018-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing Beautifully written , Tara does a great job taking you into her past . Read this one in two weeks could not put it down .
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent In this day and age, it is hard to imagine this way of life exists. Courage is what I took from the pages of Tara's book.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging read This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Once you get into it, it's hard to put down. Very compelling and you're immediately drawn into the story.
Date published: 2018-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching It was a really good read, you can feel Tara's emotion in every chapter of the book. Very interesting for a memoir.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One that will sit with you long after you've read it I could not put this down. This book was not what I expected. Presented as a memoir of how a young woman decided to become educated, Educated does tell that story, but the power in this book is in the overall journey that she takes to find her place in her family, in the world, and as her self. Tara's writing is truly eloquent, and really gave a window to her inner voice as she tells the story of her remote upbringing in an isolated junkyard at the base of a mountain in Idaho, and the events that led her to pursuing an advanced education despite her family's distrust in organized education. Tara's story is at times hard to believe and yet draws you in by how real and honest her accounts are (and admitted discrepancies in memory). It is intensely emotional and incredibly powerful as we see the effects a family can have on one person. This one will take hold of you and will not let you go. I can not recommend this enough!
Date published: 2018-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed If you enjoy memoirs I do recommend this read. Inspiring and insightful.
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Read like fiction. Very compelling story, hard to believe it's a memoir!
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Memoir I've read in a while I finished the whole book in two days. It was incredible. I'm so glad I read this book, it was eye-opening, insightful and beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant This is a really poignant and sobering memoir. I've never read anything quite like it, and it is touching and inspirational and all the things that you'd expect from such a story. Westover's writing style suits this kind of genre very well.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful A well put together and meaningful book. Provides great insight and thought-provoking content.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Okay. I was expecting a different kind of memoir after seeing the hype surrounding this book, including reviews by prominent figures. It has a slow start and doesn't really pick up. It is not the most compelling story of a person's struggle to be educated.She was exposed to education material here and there. They were not living in another era along the lines of the Amish. The family did have modern conveniences and was in touch with the world. The language in the book lacked a story telling ability but just tracked the everyday events of a girl who grew up in the mountains of Idaho. For more compelling memoirs, I would suggest reading JD Vance.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I agree with most of the reviews. I had to keep reminding myself that this really happened. To those that see it as a self-help book: I suppose it would be therapeutic for her to write a memoir. I believe she will be haunted forever by her family and her upbringing. I was both pensive and emotional at the end of this book. She was not intending to give advice, but to tell her side of the story after she was maligned by her family. This story touches on many areas, including mental illness, the effect of parental actions on their children, loyalty, betrayal, domestic violence, and so on. This could have been a very heavy account, but good editing has kept it engaging. I read it in two days. I just couldn't tear myself away, and at the end I wanted to know more. I'm happy and sad for her: she has known great success, but it has cost her both her family and her safety (which, I assume, is one of the reasons she is still living in England.) This is a must read!
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read Well written and kept me interested. Finished in 2 days and wanted to keep going!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Really enjoyed this book. Well written and her story is no doubt interesting.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This is a very good read but felt more of a self help book.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unsure Had me thinking it was written more as a self-help project than to educate people about her upbringing.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD ALL THE STARS for this book. Its phenomenal and I will be recommending it for years to come. I don't read a lot of non-fiction and I kept having to stop while reading this and remind myself that the story is real. I'm so glad I read this book, it reminded me that my education is a privilege and not something I should take for granted. If you haven't already, READ THIS BOOK.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart warming and thought provoking one of the best memoirs.. its heart warming, you will feel all kinds of emotions. Empowering !!!! Cannot believe these kinda things, people and place exits at this time and age..
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This is one of the best memoirs I have read in awhile. I enjoyed reading every minute and I felt myself rooting for Tara the whole time. Having a lived a very different life from hers it was an interesting book and I learned a lot. I have been recommending it to everyone since I read it.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Things just do not add up A memoir or a fantasy? Had a very hard time believing her tale. I realize that I am in the minority, here. Maybe this is how her childhood memories resurfaced, but that still wouldn't account for the big unexplained parts in her adult life. Three stars only because the emotional/physical abuse accounting resonated.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story that needs telling A focus on strength, determination and believing that you can do what others prohibit or negate. Very powerful.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational I could not put this book down. What an amazing woman!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was an incredibly powerful memoir. The author's experiences stay with you long after you finish reading. So thought provoking!
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-opening Definitely a tough story to tell, but so grateful that she did. I learned so much and have an immense respect for the struggles she faced and the challenges she overcame. The power of education is undeniable.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Such an incredible, powerful story - it was difficult to imagine at some points that this was real life. The more I read the more engrossed I became in this story and the strength of the author.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I'm so happy I read this book. I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a journey well worth taking This is an astonishing and moving memoir, and so beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Memoirs! #plumreview This was such an emotional ride! This is one of the best memoirs I have read, it really takes you back at some points and you have to think "did this really happen?". There were some parts where I couldn't even read through the sentences because it was very descriptive and raw. Loved Tara's strength and bravery throughout her childhood.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was amazing, right up there with The Glass Castle. It's shocking to know that there are parents out there like the ones in this book. I look forward to reading more from Tara Westover.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! I found myself drawn right into this memoir. I was fascinated and inspired by the author's account of her struggle to both survive and to educate herself and rise beyond the dysfunction and abuse of her childhood. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I have found some memoirs hard to get through but not the case with 'educated'. I found it hard to put down. I was moved by the resiliency and determination of Tara.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this memoir! An incredibly harrowing yet brilliant memoir. Must read!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice It left me with the breath taken out of me. Captivating read!
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good one I found this book to be so interesting and captivating.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Memoirs I Have Ever Read Definitely a cannot put down kind of book! Some parts were a bit graphic but her writing really gives a clear picture. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST read! I found this book to be so interesting and captivating, I couldn't put it down from the moment I started it. Tara's story is so incredible, and her writing style is beautiful. I can't stop talking about this book! And I hope she continues to write. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-thinking "the memoir" As a teacher, this book immediately "jumped out at me" and I picked it up from the bookshelf. As soon as I read that it was a "memoir", I put it away. In general, I have not enjoyed reading memoirs and often find them tedious to get through. This book was just the opposite! One of the best books (of any type!) I have read in a very long time. I loved the subject matter, the characters, the history, the culture, and most of all, the author's writing style. This book had a wonderfully challenging emotional impact on me both personally, and professionally. Thank you Tara Westover!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant and Captivating Memoir Although at times hard to read, I couldn't put this book down once I started it. A true testimony of triumph over adversity for Tara Westover. A beautifully written, yet shockingly horrific, memoir of a young girl growing up in a fundamentalist, survivalist family in Idaho. Westover's prose pulls you into the novel to have you rooting for her as she attempts to survive a horrendous cycle of abuse.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dumbfounded! This book left me breathless and dumbfounded. I kept telling myself that it couldn't be real, how a girl who grew up with no protection from her own family managed to find her way out was so beyond my comprehension. It was not an easy read, but a definite eye-opener.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read One woman's triumph over a very dysfunctional childhood and family. I applaud the author's strength, hard work and sheer determination to break free to overcome such a destructive dynamic.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful This is a powerful story of several strains of conflict within the human condition and how one remarkable individual liberated herself from the destructive forces of a dysfunctional family and the the madness within it
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iconic A Mona Lisa Smile meets Anne of Green Gables. Would highly recommend
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Check list! Love the book althought it was a disfunctional family. Realize that sometime you have to continue to move forward although your immidiate family stops you to do so You know what they don't choose your family members.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what an amazing eye opener This book was a real change from what i usually read and i'm so glad i did. What an eye opener to the true story of how some people's lives and beliefs are worlds apart than your own. The author is just an amazing woman to go through what she did and be doing the things she is doing today and also be able to tell the tale so fully and truthfully. I really, really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect read This was an entertaining memoir full of surprises. I feel like I lived her life while I read her story. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! So intense. My friend recommended it to me when her parents (both teachers) read it and we were blown away.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing memoir I absolutely love this book. I could not put it down. I love that she tells you what she remembers, but at times say her memory differs from others who were there. She admits things could have happened differently. It was a truly amazing story of overcoming a very unconventional upbringing and family.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal book Couldn't put this one down! I have to appreciate when a memoir is not only a powerful story but also so very well written, as not all of them are!
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational experience Wow! What a great read. Tara Westover tells an incredible story of resilience and how she overcame a tough childhood to become a strong woman. Education and self-determination make all the difference.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a strong and smart girl This book is certainly a good one for all the young girls out there
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting This book was a good summer read. It was easy to follow along with, easy to turn the pages and kept you eyed to the pages.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Read this one straight through. A tragedy told through resilience and loyalty to family and the place those two can no longer exist on the same path. Another book that beautifully illustrates the pains that exist behind the doors of some homes and the strength it takes to get to the other side of them.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Story! What a story! Very interesting to hear about how not going to school as a child shaped her whole world in a completely different way!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! The fact that Tara Westover escaped the daily terror of her survivalist family to become a scholar and gifted writer is nothing short of amazing. These stories of horrific accidents and abuse at the hands of her father and brother are not for the faint of heart. If you can stomach them, it's well worth the read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eye opening! very interesting! great writing with a crazy story about self preservation!
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not exactly as advertised This book is described as a memoir of a young woman who grows up off the grid to survivalist parents. The book I read is the heartbreaking story of a young woman who tries to break free of the mental illness and abuse that shaped her youth. The actions of her parents and brother make her question her vision of herself, her self-esteem and her self-worth. It also speaks to the Mormon faith and a woman's role in that faith. I would recommend but not an easy read.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and Inspirational I have so much sympathy for Tara Westover for everything she has gone through and having the ability to open up publicly about it. A must read.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent memoir I was captivated by the graceful figurative language that Tara Westover's uses to tell her painful story. I admire her perseverance, courage and vulnerability. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. There were so many times this book made me feel sad, anxious, on edge, and happy. It was really a roller coaster of emotions that experienced all the feels. Westover really has a gift for language and wove her memories together in a way that made you want to keep reading and not put it down. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw and real This book is so hard hitting. It's hard to believe families still behave this way in modern society. Kudos to Dr. Westover.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If You Love Jeanette Wallis You'll love this author. Honest, candid and a remarkable story of perseverance.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal The story told is so beautifully written and really opened my eyes to the different lives people live. I didn't think I would like it at first since it is a memoir, but in the end I loved the fact that it had been the story of the author herself. Amazing read, I wish I could read it for the first time again!
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book is amazing . Interesting, funny, and heartbreaking.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational and extraordinary One of the first books I recommend to friends right now. An absolute brilliant story to read, and an inspiring one too when you remember that everything in it actually happened. Great reminder that an education can make waves in our lives that we never expected, and take us somewhere we never thought we would end up.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this I really enjoyed this book. Reading for fun and everything else is gravy.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy. Cow. I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book based on some of the reviews here so I waited until I could purchase it at a lesser price so that I wouldn't feel bad if it wasn't good. Let me tell you, I would have paid full price having read it. If you enjoyed The Glass Castle and/or North of Normal, you will enjoy this. Every sentence was crafted well and with such sensitivity that her story really resonated with me. I could not put it down and I have a new appreciation for not only the education that I benefited from, but for my family. I hope you enjoy it as well!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Gem ! This book really opened my eyes to the kinds of families that exist but most people don't want to talk about. Tara told her story beautifully and had me intrigued from the beginning.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read! I bought this book on a whim and didn't really expect much from it, but as soon as I started it I could not put it down. Tara's journey through life was both heartbreaking and inspiring. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspirational great story by a woman of inspiration! would highly recommend
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking Truly shocking instances of neglect and recklessness. Tara Westover is the true definition of "started from the bottom, now we're here."
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Please don't buy this book. Very slow, dragged on and I was so disappointed that I spent the money I did on this book. I tried to get through it but just couldn't.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mouth open on the floor! This book was mind blowing!! Hard to read at times knowing that this book is the story of someone's real life. What an amazing woman Tara Westover is. She has overcome so many hardships in her life and had to make so many really difficult decisions. I just couldn't get enough of this book. It was extremely well written.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow!!!! Just an all around amazing book her drive to learn more than was offered is amazing
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Hard to believe that the writer had this life and family, but clearly she does and her drive and thirst for learning lead her to many successes in life. I found myself in awe of the struggles and crazines, and also being angry at times with the family and the writer. Definitely recommend this memoir.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most powerful books I have read When I ordered this book I thought I was ordering a novel, a work of fiction. It was when I received it that I realized this was a memoir. The entire time I read this I was shocked at what the author went through in her young life. I cried for her trauma and I rejoiced in her success and journey of self discovery. This book is the story of the strength of women and that there are no limitations on education or what you can accomplish if you trust in yourself (or in Tara's case when people trust in you and help to guide you). I have recommended this book to everyone that I know.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Amazing story of overcoming obstacles. Sad family relationships. Hard to believe all she accomplished with where she started out from!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing memoir. I've been eyeing this book for quite a while and could not resist when I saw it on sale for $11. Tara Westover's story is so sad, yet so inspiring. As a future teacher, this novel taught me the importance of obtaining an education -- no matter what. Everyone needs to read this book.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book was a good read, had a hard time putting it down!
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive This book is inspiring. It is amazing to see how this girl was able to pursue higher education without any educational background. The book is truly amazing #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing and also inspiring This book is riveting, I read it in only a few days and was in awe through the whole book. Her story is disturbing and heartbreaking and her perseverance is inspiring. Through it all, she communicates the story with love and compassion. Definitely a recommended read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good and fast read! Really enjoyed reading this book! Easy to read and very interesting learning about her story and about the journey she took. As a teacher, this book really solidified the importance of being curious and constant learning.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was amazing. I loved her story and seeing how far she came from the way she was brought up and recoginizing how unhealthy her family was, and ending up going to university and getting out of that life.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Importance of Education An amazing read giving much insight into how education is an important aspect to life.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing this book is just amazinthis novel is one of my favorites
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Education is Great This books is wonderful. Reading about education truly made me realize how wonderful weather is today. I strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh my goodness, nice book Tara Westover is an American author, based in the U.K. She was born in Idaho in 1986 and led a sheltered childhood
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Powerful Story Tara is a brave and strong woman now but it took some gut-wrenching, dig-down-deep fortitude to get there. She wasn't given even the most basic of tools to survive the World. Yet she did both survive and thrive. This is a story of personal growth, soul searching and self independence. There comes a time when we take responsibility for our own lives and decisions. Tara's road to this was harder than the norm. Tara's struggles to become her true self are the real story here. It's a grueling story. I give her my full applause at having the courage to find her way.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A remarkable story This honest memoir looks at the life of someone constantly under the control of others, and her ignorance as a child in her environment. I couldn't wait to turn the next page of this book! Loved it!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This story was absolutely amazing and beautifully written. I could not recommend this book enough
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Read this memoir quickly, and have since lent it to 4 other people, all of whom read it in less than 2 days each. An unbelievable true story.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent memoir A few reviews said that the ending was disappointing or fell's a memor, not fiction. A memoir is a factual account of the author's life. It doesn't matter if her brother (and family) suffered consequences or repercussions, as Tara is a success. With determination and hard work, she was able to rise above her harsh circumstances and her family's influence.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating! Excellent writing, incredible story. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! This book is so brutally honest that it strikes every chord in your body, in a good way of course. Tara is a wonderful writer and I felt compelled all the way through.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great memoir This was an awesome memoir. Great writing, which isn't always expected or true of a memoir, but this read really well. Never a dull moment! Some controversial topics lived by the writer who does a good job of objectively assessing her life and has a lot of insight.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MAGNIFICENT This book is magnificent - there is no other word to describe this book. I can say honestly, this book blew all my expectations completely out of the water. Tara writes with such frank, brutal honesty, but in such a beautifully descriptive manner, I genuinely felt like I was there, experiencing her story along with her. Tara grew up in a family of devout Mormon survivalists, living in the mountains of Idaho and spending her life preparing for the end of the world, creating herbal remedies with her mother and working along her brothers in her father's scrapyard. Tara's father forbade them to attend public schools or see doctors and hospitals for medical treatment, meaning that Tara and her family lived sheltered, complex lives on the mountains, isolated from the realities of the outside world. Having never set foot in a classroom, at seventeen Tara decides to pursue formal schooling, getting accepted to Brigham Young University and for the first time in her life, leaving the mountain and the only life she ever knew. This is a story of finding your way in a world that you don't understand, and finding yourself even when it means leaving behind everything you ever thought you knew. This book is stunning, horrific, inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure. Parts were incredibly difficult to read, but the book is impossible to put down. This book is everything a memoir should be - and I am grateful to Tara for having the courage to share her story with the world. Educated will be on my Top Reads of 2018 without question. I can not recommend this book enough. Get a copy today - you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! While some parts can be difficult and emotional to read, the overall story is fantastic! Have been recommending this book to everyone!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Incredible A different kind of story than what I was expecting but found it somewhat inspiring and upsetting depending on the situation. The ending fell a little flat for me and may not be satisfying for most readers.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting read but not comparable to the glass castle I found myself completely captured by this book, however I was disappointed in the ending. You can't help but feel invested in Tara's life and the fact that no justice is ever served is utterly disflating. I read some of the chapters in horror and am shocked that many of these events transpired a mere two decades ago. You also can't help feeling that Tara herself might not believe what transpired or that the actions of her brother still warrant having a relationship with her family. I couldn't help feeling like SOMEONE should have stepped in to do something. I almost felt bothered after a finished the book and even search online to see if there was any followup or repercussions but sadly I think the book is too new for much other than press coverage. Very interesting read but not the satisfying ending in which I think many readers will want.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expectations too high! This sadly didnt offer what I had anticipated it would.....somewhat of a letdown really! Perhaps I just expected too much?!
Date published: 2018-03-22

Editorial Reviews

“Wow! A memoir by a woman who never went to highschool yet earned a PhD from Cambridge University. Amazing book, beautifully written.”