Educated: A Memoir

Overall Rating: LOVED it! ❤️

Hi, Everyone!!! I’m so excited to finally get back on track with my reading and posting! With the wedding now in the rearview, I’ve been able to spend the past week slowly adjusting back into my normal routine; which includes finally getting my review of Educated out to all of you!

Nikaleigh’s Synopsis:

Raised in a foreign world in our own backyard, Tara grew up in the mountains of Idaho in a family whose distrust for the government and strict religious rules left little chance that she would succeed in any other world – ironic for a family of survivalists.

Her father’s distrustful nature meant his children received no formal education, no doctors appointments, and no record they were even born. Yet, in spite of every obstacle stacked against her, in spite of the violence and abuse, the lack of support and social skills, this self-taught girl from the middle of nowhere became a Harvard and Cambridge University Graduate.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest 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. – Penguin Random House

Nikeleigh’s Thoughts:

Reading non-fiction is something I generally consider a challenge for myself yet not only was this book one that I read with ease, but it is also one of the best that I’ve read all year!

Tara’s story is so awe-inspiring, so great, that it’s almost hard to believe that this is the story of a real person. It makes you evaluate your own story and all the advantages that were taken for granted. It also makes you realize just what a powerhouse this woman really is.

If you’re someone to tends to shy away from the non-genre fiction, I implore you to give this one a chance. The memoir reads like a great contemporary fiction novel with all the details that leave you emotionally invested. You’ll be reminding yourself that this is someone’s real life, that the people you’re rooting for and the people you’re angry at are real people – a factor that for me, made this memoir better than any fiction novel I’ve ever read.