Mini Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover #Book Review #Educated #Audible


By Tara Westover


This book captivated me! I listened to it on Audible and don’t have a very detailed review for it, but I highly recommend this one.

Tara grew up with her family of survivalists in the mountains of Idaho without a formal education, connection to society, or doctors. Her parents didn’t want the children in public schools and chose to remain hidden from the ‘evil’ government. They kept busy preparing for the end of days.

Educated is an incredible story and it’s written very well. It was emotional and hard to read at times, but I found myself truly enthralled from beginning to end. This book actually reminded me of The Glass Castle in some ways, but this was even more extreme.

The biggest takeaway for me is that Tara, even with all the backwardness of her upbringing and the abuse she endured, develops a love for learning and moves on to get a PhD from Cambridge. It’s thought-provoking.


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Audible Audiobook
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 10 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Release Date: February 20, 2018

From Goodreads:

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The 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.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

Thanks for reading my review. Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Let’s chat below!


12 thoughts on “Mini Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover #Book Review #Educated #Audible

  1. I also thought Educated was an excellent read. And it also reminded me of The Glass Castle because of how she recognized the need to get out of that environment and managed to do it – what strength despite the many things that held her back. Great review. I have heard the audio is very good.

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    1. Exactly! I thought it was much more extreme than The Glass Castle obviously with the abuse and the total lack of education. Although, there was that ridiculous part in The Glass Castle where her father purposely puts her in harm’s way. It made me so angry. Just amazing both of these stories though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. starjustin

      Is this book taken from a true story? Interesting. Sounds like she did this all on her own. Did she have support from any cog her family at all?
      Great review! 🙂


  2. Great review, even if it is brief. You are right on, the premise of a terrible family life and the need to get away and eventually move forward and take care of yourself is the same with both books, but Tara Westover dealt with so much. I really liked this book because of what she overcame.

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  3. Sometimes, a few words can still convey your thoughts about a book. A short but good review. I want to get on the audio book train. My screen time because of work is now affecting my reading and I think audio books will be useful for when I’m not able to read on my e-books.


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