Educated by Tara Westover is an astonishing and emotional story about her challenging upbringing in the mountains of Idaho. She was raised in a fundamentalist Mormon and survivalist family. The father of Tara had firm belief that the government is devilish and he convinced his family for what is known as “The Days of Abomination”. Now they had no official documents, medical care or contact with outside world. Tara’s life was challenging there due to her abusive father and brother.’
Tara navigates her way through the narrow worldview and strives for education as well as independence. Despite all the challenges, she always struggled to find her own voice. The story of Tara is appealing as well as uncomfortable, causing the readers to reflect on discredited memoirs. The story depicts the current problems like gender bias, extremism and mental health concerns. The journey of Tara from complete isolation to staggering academic achievement highlights her resilience and determination. Her exposure to the world, including the disgraceful history of Holocaust and slavery, becomes transformative experience that forces her to reject her old depressive life. She overcomes all the challenges like abuse, isolation and religious fundamentalism, outshining academically at Harvard and Cambridge. Her achievements reflect her intellect as well as bravery.
The awesome writing skills of Tara has added depth to her memoir, creating an impressive narrative that leaves an eternal influence. All in all, Educated by Tara Westover is an impressive and powerful story of victory over hardships, capturing the spirit of personal growth and resilience. The journey of the author from a sheltered life in mountains to academic success in some of the most prestigious universities of the world is a testament for her strength and ability to overcome some of the most challenging situations.