I loved this book but began to have nagging doubts about it later. Perhaps truth mixed with fiction to keep it likely. Somehow the antagonists seem to rise from the dead miraculously. No real names and her interview on the news hour made her look like she was hiding something.
Thought provoking, heart wrenching, raw honesty that pushes the reader to feel the heavy weight of violence and family dysfunction- a testament to the power and strength of the human spirit!
This book is extremely powerful and heartbreakingly beautiful. The raw emotion and turmoil that Tara faced through her life is more than many people could ever begin to handle. Not only did she handle it, she came out of it stronger than ever. Her perseverance is something to look up to. You won’t regret reading this.
This book is wonderful on so many levels. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Could not put it down and was sad to see it end!
OMG I just can’t begin to express how much I loved this book………its not a great story but it’s sooooo important.
What a story. Had to keep reminding myself it was a memoir. Excellent
I highly recommend this book! I read it in 2 days. The strength of the author amazes me.
I loved this story. I couldn’t help but transcend to my own story or religious extremism and unintended manipulation. The pages turned by themselves. Interesting how a perspective of a white isolated Mormon girl could could reach a black southern baptist girl and almost seamlessly tell the story I’ve been hiding my entire life. Thank you Tara for releasing my self-mutilating desire to belong.
Spectacular! Gripping. Couldn’t put down.
Emotional and raw.
I highly recommend.
I picked this book up on a Friday afternoon and finished it the very next day. Dr. Westover’s experiences as a child and young adult are daunting to the rest of us living in a less rural society and having been raised by people with less extreme views of government. I often wanted to throw the book down in disgust at her parent’s beliefs and lack of faith in their own daughter. It’s almost unbelievable to me that these type of people actually exist in this country today, yet this book is proof of their existence. If you are looking for a page-turner, look no further. This is it!
I wonder if I am the only reader who felt that there were sexual undertones to the violence bestowed on Tara by her brother. He is obviously a psychopath. I just found it so odd that her parents had such a hard time admitting to her brother’s violent tendencies when they were there, witnessing it all along. It makes me wonder if Tara didn’t perhaps also allege a little more than just violent outbursts from her brother. Whatever the case, people in her family would do well to keep a wide birth around her brother, “Shawn”, who is capable of such extreme violence. He is one of those people whose temper will eventually land him in prison on a murder charge. A sick, psychopathic dog killer.
To Dr. Westover, if you are reading this someday, I want to tell you what an inspiration you are to others and that your sacrifice was not in vain. Estrangement from family is always hard, no matter the circumstances. Whatever you do and however you decide to live your life, I wish you much peace and happiness. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope it brought you some measure of vindication to tell it. Be well and have a wonderful, happy life. You deserve it.
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I love reading memoirs and this one was excellent. Tara Westover is a very talented writer who has a wonderful ability to weave the telling of her fascinating life story about being raised in a junkyard on a remote mountainside in Idaho by extremist Mormon parents with her thoughts, feelings and reflections on it all, both in the past and the present. Her descriptions are so vivid and so rich that I felt I was right there with her at Buck’s Peak staring up at the Princess, observing her emotional and physical interactions with her family members, feeling her intense pain and confusion as she grew from an innocent child who wholly believed and trusted her parents and their ideologies to an unconfident young women who questioned them and who sought her own answers, even though the seeking filled her with guilt. Her story is compelling, tragic, insane, inspiring and, unbelievably, true. The events that unfolded in each chapter were so captivating, the intricate relationships with her family members so complex and her emotions and internal struggles so honest and raw, I couldn’t put the book down. With each page I turned, I found I cared more about what her incredulous life would deal her next and how she would possibly handle it. After finishing her story, I am touched most by her ability to so bravely put it all, each lurid and shocking detail, out there in black and white for all to read knowing full well that harsh judgements would probably be made against her family, and possibly even her. It couldn’t have been easy but I, for one, am very glad she did. I think she is an inspiration. I know she is definitely Educated.
Ps. I think the girl in the mirror is still there. She wrote the book. Otherwise it would have been written by Dr. Tara Westover, right?