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
“Extraordinary . . . an act of courage and self-invention.”—The New York Times
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

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Book Reviews

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Educated5 star

Heartbreakingly beautiful. I could not put it down.55

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Enthralling5 star

Beautifully written account of a brilliant mind which could easily have remained buried within the confines of self-righteousness and ignorance, as so many children unfortunately are. Tara is a true fighter and I loved to read her story.55


Loved it5 star

I loved everything about this book. The amount of self motivation this woman has is truly inspirational. This book is one of my favorites!55


Incredible Story, but4 star

I rarely am conflicted about a book but this one has surely been one of those. I can’t imagine growing up the way Tara did so it seems a bit absurd to have any opinion on the matter, but I will say this book has a lot of “fluff” and inner turmoil that is difficult to read. I found myself constantly shouting in my mind “enough already!!” with the self pity and conflicted emotions and refusal to move on from a very traumatic life that was giving her nothing and taking everything. Even though I was rooting for her I’m glad it ended when it did because I feel like if she returned one more time it would’ve been a “I give up” moment. Hope she’s doing well though.45


Loved it5 star

Took me to a different place-55


Magnificent5 star

Never has a book touched me as this did. Please read this.55


No way1 star

I don’t think anyone realizes that there is no way in any world where this author could remember the little details and stuff that she talks about. So what, if that’s the case, I guess that means I’m reading a memoir of made up memories, huh.15


Stunning!5 star

This book was beyond amazing. I was gripped by every page. I want to scream to anyone and everyone I know to read this book. I loved it soooo much!!!! I will never get over it.55

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Compelling Account of a Life!5 star

This book was a quick read, full of personal accounts of the author’s life. She writes extremely well, stating both happy and sad moments that shaped who she has become. She has lived a lifetime in her few years on this planet; I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn about her. Excellent book!!55


More than a memoir5 star

What begins as a memoir transcends into a spiritual and philosophical account, influencing the reader to question their own ideas and beliefs.55

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