Educated Review

This book gave me all of the feels. I honestly think I experienced every emotion possible while reading this book. I laughed when I read stories of Tara doing goofy things as a child of the mountain, cried when I read of the abuse she endured, got angry every time I read what her parents would (or should I say wouldn't) do when she looked for help, I felt everything through her experience and then some. I've read my fair share of books about fundamentalists and doomsday preppers but to read from the point of view of Tara was something else. She truly struggled with escaping her family because she loved them wholeheartedly, regardless of what they said or did to her because that's all she knew for so long. This book reminds you that brainwashing is real and comes in many forms. It also reminds you that you can do anything that you want, regardless of your situation, if you focus on it and want it hard enough. Nothing came easy for Tara and her siblings, but the ones who truly and deeply wanted to get an education did.

Imagine the first time you set foot in a classroom was at the age of 17. Born into a survivalist family, Tara Westover learned the ways of the mountain she grew up on and by the things her parents and siblings did for a living. Her family didn't believe in the public education system, hospitals, and pretty much anything else from mainstream society. This story is Tara's account of how she invented herself through her education, how she struggled to leave an abusive family just to come back again, and figure out who she is without family.

Great for people who enjoy:

  • Heavy Memoirs
  • Fundamentalist, Survivalists, and Dooms Day Preppers
  • Fans of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

“It’s strange how you give the people you love so much power over you.”