Educated: A Memoir By: Tara Westover (Reviewed by Rochelle)

Hello everyone, I wasn’t going to post this review, but I thought I would share what I thought of this book.  I know we all have our likes and dislikes of books, but this one just seemed a little unreal to me.   No former education, and self taught herself basic math and then on to pass the ACT.

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An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

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 [Tara 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

“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review.

About Author:

Tara Westover is an American author living in the UK. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom, and after that first taste, she pursued learning for a decade. She graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014.

  • Hardcover:352 pages
  • Publisher:Random House; 1st edition (February 20, 2018)

My Review:

I know this is an extremely popular book. I did not like it at all,  The whole book dragged along , I forced myself to finish but disliked the energy that was no where. The whole tone was monotone.

I really don’t believe ìn most of what she wrote. Mostly the education part of the book. It is impossible. Never studied trigonometry…algebra…and she magically had an 28 ACT. She was so poor and then she went to BYU with her few dollars.  You don’t just teach yourself trigonometry.   Sadly, this book is not encouraging or inspiring, but dark and depressing till the end.

Sorry this book was just too unreal for me.  This is just my opinion, I am giving this 3 stars.

Happy reading everyone.

 

 

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