Educated Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST: National Book Critics Circle’s Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize
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 traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Good Morning America • San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian  The Economist• Financial Times Newsday • New York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal Simple • Town & CountryBustlePaste • Publishers Weekly Library JournalLibraryReadsBookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library

Book Reviews


Can I give this 6 stars?5 star

Everything AND more! A MUST READ.55

mrs sarah sea

Story of triumph5 star

If you thought your childhood was crummy, just read this book. Her coming of age story made me need to give out hugs to others and myself. And the ending - her triumph despite losing what most young adults need most - family - had me sobbing and clapping. I felt this book to my core. Must read!55


Very good5 star

It was very good and a very inspiring story about growing and when you start growing you are learning and that’s when you become educated, it’s not changing you it’s making have the knowledge on how the world is and how you want to ack in it.55


Quick read3 star

This book isn't bad by any means. It's a quick read that keeps you interested enough in completing. The author is sincere but ultimately, the book is just personal memoir of a young woman who grew up in a situation different from some and by her view most- I say some as everyones perception of growth is weighed differently in the experiences as individuals. Her growth isn't monumental to the world or society but only for herself- which is fantastic but I don't see the point in reading it as there is nothing but self impact for the author and not the reader.35


Absolutely Amazing5 star

I have no words, this is an incredible book. I couldn’t put it down. Savoring it wasn’t an option because it was so good!55


Wow!5 star

What a life! For someone like me, who’d grown up poor, but “educated” on the crowded east coast of America, the the congested state of NJ, Tara’s life is unfathomable. Thank you for telling your story and making the right decision to go on with YOUR life and not your father’s version of your life.55


Shaken5 star

One of the most powerful books I’ve ever written.55


Hard to read5 star

. . . but beautifully written.55


What an inspiring life!5 star

The author wrote very candidly of her family, her childhood, adolescence, and her ultimate breaking point. She fought admirably for an education and the life she wanted but the ultimate battle was waged with herself.55


Easy read5 star

Good easy read.55

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