Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover – Review

Chances are you’ve seen this book or this cover around if you haven’t already read it yourself.

It appears one of those books that were so hyped. Everyone bought it except for me. That always seems to happen. I don’t know what it is. But, I finally made my way around to it thanks to a very kind neighbor who let me borrow this. Right after she finished it, I was walking Bo! And she stopped, and of course, we started talking about books. I mean, naturally. She said that she had it, and I said all I’ve wanted to read that, she said here you go.

So, I need to give this back to her very soon, but I wanted to have this little article a little review per usual and let you know if it is, in fact, worth the hype and the short answer. I’ll save you a lot of time right now if you don’t want the details, is yes!

This book is a memoir by Tara Westover, and in case you don’t know what this is about, it’s basically about her education through when she was a child and into her adulthood, but not in a traditional way that you might be thinking of it.

Tara was raised in a close-knit area with a very tight family. She had many countercultural beliefs, ideas, and practices that are so different from how you and I might view the world that, reading about in a memoir. It is mind-blowing and fascinating because a family like that can still exist and not even that long ago. I always feel like you never know what you’re going to get with a memoir as far as writing quality, but I will say that Tara’s writing was astoundingly gorgeous.

It was just the kind of book that you want to read fast because it’s that good. But, you also think it’s so good that you don’t want to ruin it by reading it too fast; it’s like a scorching summer day we have the perfect cup of iced tea like every instinct is telling you to chug it back. But, a bright part of you knows to take it in slowly.

The entire theme is her growth from being a very sheltered individual who believes that the world her father has created is the world that exists everywhere, in the rest of the world, and finding out getting educated on the fact that that’s not true. A lot of what he said was accurate, and trying to come to grips with the reality of having a family, almost in a different way, is a different world and a different world from her. She goes out into real life and tries to grapple between these two identities of herself, like be the person they wanted her to be or be herself. It’s just really very human, and it’s very relatable in a lot of ways. It was tough for me to read, in a lot of sacraments, I did cry a few times, not because of what she was saying, but because of what it brought up for me, like stuff, I’m not going to get into it but stuff from my past that it’s just relatable. I think that’s a beautiful thing about a memoir because it’s not that you necessarily had the same experience as her, but that you can understand the emotions, the feelings, and the revelations from those experiences.

Does that make sense? I think that is the mark of a remarkable memoir, one that sits in your soul, makes you feel a little bit, challenges you, but also reminds you of something that we all probably go through on one level or another.

I thought it was so outstanding and so incredibly worth the hype; long story short if you’ve been thinking about getting this if you’ve seen it around if you’ve wondered what the big deal is, the answer is the book itself is a big deal.

It’s a genuinely fantastic book. It’s kind of painful to read at times, a lot of people I talked to also had a hard time reading it. Still, for different reasons, like to be the world she grew up in is not that far like it doesn’t. I don’t know. I understand it and it to a certain extent, but to some people they like could not believe that people lived that way, but it’s just perfect. I’m afraid I’m going to like ramble on about this book because there was so much, so I’m just going to cut it short right here and say five stars. I loved it, fantastic. I hope you read it!


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