Friday, March 30, 2018
by Tara Westover
Random House, 2018, 334 pgs. Biography
Educated is the story of a girl raised in the mountains of Idaho to a survivalist father. She and her younger siblings were born at home and did not have birth certificates or social security numbers until they were in their late teens. She was technically homeschooled but her father felt that helping in the family junkyard business better prepared her for “the end” which was quickly approaching. At seventeen Tara managed to get accepted to BYU where she sat in her first classroom and learned of things like the Holocaust, which she’d never heard of before. From there she tells of discovering the world and finding it vastly different from what she was raised understanding.
Tara’s story is heartbreaking but her strength and determination are inspiring. She writes with beautiful clarity and honesty, which I absolutely loved. Readers who enjoy deeply personal memoirs will definitely want to pick up Educated.