June: Educated by Tara Westover

Why should you read this book?

Here’s my favorite book of June. Here’s one of my favorite books of all times. Thank you, Tara Westover, for writing Educated, for bringing this book into the world. My favorite Portuguese writer, Nuno Bragança, said that writing a book is pretty much like giving birth. Writing demands sacrifice. Writers sacrifice their time, their feelings and even their sanity. It’s also a painful and devastating process. Yesterday, when I finished this book, I could only think about Tara and Bragança’s metaphor. It must have been difficult but I am so grateful!

Tara grew up preparing for the End of Days. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. According to the state, she didn’t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At 16, Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

First, let’s talk about the book structure and the writing. The story, which is told linearly, is divided into several chapters. Each chapter centers around a specific event. I think that worked perfectly because it gave rhythm to the story. I felt absolutely engrossed at all times. I read it slowly because we were reading it for the June read-along but I could have read it in less than a week. Although the writing is assertive and quite straight, I found a touch of innocence and sweetness. Just amazing.

Now, this book taught me a lot and made me feel so much. It’s not easy to read it because there’s a lot of violence. Sometimes it was hard to keep reading. I had to take a minute to breathe. Educated will never be forgotten. It’s one of those books that alters your world, your perspective about family and education.

You can buy the book here.

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Summary:

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals.

As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it.

Book details:
Publisher: Windmill Books
Published on: November 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400

5stars

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