Educated is mind blowing. I’m not into memoir and this is actually my second one but I think that it is exceptional. The journey of Tara Westover is one of a kind and it seems more like a fiction than a book based on a true story. It is her debut book but it has been one of the most popular books for 2018.
An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
I’m following The Rick O’Shea Book Club on Facebook and I have seen Educated being mentioned so many times there and readers share great reviews of it so I put it on my TBR pile.
It’s one of these books which you need a break after it. It’s hard for me to choose my next read because the story of Tara Westover is so powerful and inspiring that is hard to put it aside. While reading it so many times I refused to believe that this might be actually happening and wondered how a young girl could find the power within her, to change her life in such an extraordinary way. Educated is an astonishing story that will leave you breathless.
Tara Westover is from Idaho, it’s what she says when someone asks her. What she doesn’t say is that she hasn’t been to school, has no birth certificate and no one knows when her birthday is, all she knows about it is that it’s in late September. Her parents won’t let her or her siblings to visit the local school or to go to doctor when they are injured. Her dad is preparing for the End of the Days and her mother is fully supporting him.
If you still haven’t read Educated you are missing because it’s not just a story about someone else life, it’s thought provoking, challenging and shows us the true meaning of education. It changes lives and rises opportunities for which Westover may tell us more in her next books I guess.