Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover


5 disco balls

Publication Date: February 20, 2018 by Random House
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Memoir, Nonfiction, Religion, Family
The NY Times Book Review’s Must-Know Literary Events of 2018

I had gotten an advanced reader’s edition of this book at a RHRC Live event. I am so glad I did: this book moved me.

Author Tara Westover first went to school at the age of 17 much to the dismay of her survivalist parents. Prior to that she never attended school: college would be her first experience with formal education. Not only was going to college a way to get an education, but it also served as an escape from a turbulent family life.

Westover would grapple with being away at school and not being an obedient daughter; she felt the constant pull towards home and sought its acceptance. Even during very unhealthy times she still could not release her home life’s hold on her: to which she couldn’t fully emerge herself in to her new surroundings. It would be a long journey until Westover would embrace her own understandings of the world around her and not the ones her family decided for her.

Educated by Tara Westover was a profound read. Reading Tara’s story we learn of all the adversities she experienced in youth and she still went on to gain an education at the age of 17. Over the next decade she would go on to earn a PhD.

I can’t think of words to do her story justice. I am thankful she let us in on her life: her resilience is inspiring.

Her story teaches you to reflect and seek out experiences whether through reading, socializing, traveling, what have you. That life and being curious should not be taken for granted.

I truly hope Tara’s story is heard around the world and that she achieves critical acclaim. I will be shouting my recommendation from the rooftops for all to hear!



I also received an arc of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

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24 thoughts on “Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

  1. This sounds like such a cool book! I don’t really read non fiction or memoirs though. It’s just something in the way it’s written that doesn’t really speak to me. If it was written as a fiction i would be all in.
    Love the cover a lot tho.

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    • I agree on the memoir front, although oddly I have listened to 3 audio memoirs 🤔 If I hadn’t gotten a copy of this I am not sure if I would have read it, so I am super glad I did. Reading it was definitely an experience- I am still amazed.


  2. This looks very interesting, I can especially relate to wanting to please your parents and following what you want to do. I think a lot of people can which is what makes that theme powerful 🙂.

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  3. This looks good. I read several memoirs a few months ago, but they started dragging me down. I’m glad you found this one and got so much out of it. I’ll think about this because I’m sure I’ll return to memoirs.

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