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Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

A new ‘At a Glance’ is up! A mini review, with some pros and cons to help you decide if the book is for you.

At A Glance : Educated by Tara Westover

Genre: Autobiography/Memoir

BUG Rating : 4/5 

Overall: I kept seeing this book cover all over social media and I was really intrigued – so I picked up a copy without knowing anything about the author or her story. It’s a powerful memoir of a young girl (to woman) who was born into a dysfunctional Mormon survivalist family – who don’t believe in modern medicine or formal education. Tara recounts her childhood and unconventional upbringing. The story also focuses on the relationships with her parents and siblings, some of which are troubling/alarming and it’s surprising Tara managed to rise up and achieve such greatness. Tara’s story is really incredible and is truly inspirational and courageous. For anyone that ever doubts themselves and their abilities – they should read this. It will make you realise, anything is possible, you just have to have the passion to drive you.

Plot:

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far, if there was still a way home.


Pros:

+ Really inspiring story-  the incredible struggle and challenges Tara had to overcome to obtain an Education 

+ Character development was great – the detailed portrait Tara paints of her parents/siblings made the book feel real

+ Emotions leapt from the pages

Cons:

– A few passages felt quite repetitive/same details being rehashed

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