“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

A story that will move and enlighten you! Tara was raised by parents who live on the fringes of society. They are survivalists living at the base of a mountain in Idaho. They claimed they were homeschooling their children but the education they offered was little more than how to read and write. Tara did not enter a classroom until she was 17 and a freshman at Brigham Young University. To say she experienced culture shock would be an understatement. And few would think it possible that she would end up with a PhD from Cambridge University.

First, I love her writing style. The narrative is easy to read and flows very nicely without ever getting bogged down. I could hardly put this book down. Second, her story will pull at your emotions. Some scenes are disturbing but necessary to effective relating the story and the challenges, both physical and emotional that she had to overcome. Finally, I found this book to be inspiring. Tara comes to adulthood with the odds stacked against her but she has a determination which allows her to continually try again. Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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2 thoughts on ““Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

  1. Coincidentally I saw the author on TV yesterday being interviewed about the book and she comes over as remarkably undamaged by her experience. I was astonished when she said it’s not mandatory for people to send their kids to school or prove they’re getting a proper education at home!


    1. I think she worked through a lot of the damage. She talks about all that in the book. Homeschooling is legal in the US but it is governed be the individual states and the rules vary from one state to another. In my state, for instance, you have to file a form with the local school district informing them that you will be homeschooling and students have to schooled until the age of 16. There are requirements for teaching certain subjects though you can select your own curriculum within those subjects. In many states there are options for using an online school where all the costs are paid for by the school disttict. In others, parents have to buy their own materials. I actually homeschooled my son for 1 year when he was having some health issues. My state also requires annual academic testing to make sure that the child is making adequate progress. It would seem that in the state she grew up in there was no governmental oversight at all.

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