Is it read-worth? This remarkable story shatters you with the perceptiveness of the person telling it. Westover’s deeper look into her childhood leaves you feeling empty in sorrow for her pain, but whole in the face that she is a true survivor. Unbelievably well-written which only fits this unbelievably powerful story.
Tara Westover was born in September, 1986. Unlike most American-born babies, however, she wasn’t born in a hospital and no birth certificate was issued.
Tara was born on a remote Idaho mountain as the seventh child of Mormon survivalist parents. Her parents were extremists to the point where other extreme parents look meek. They believed that the government was always ready to kill them, mainstream medicine was poison, schools were institutions meant to brainwash the masses, the apocalypse was near, and only good prep work could keep them from meeting their untimely ends.
When Tara developed a desire to follow in her brother, Tyler’s, footsteps and get an education- she was unsurprisingly met with horror. And for that, and for bringing up the many untold horrors of her family’s constant abuse, she was a traitor to her family.
Tara found herself in this new world, a place where knowledge is at your fingertips and old misconceptions she heard from her deranged father was dismissed constantly. She found herself alone and, in this book, she found herself whole.
This story is completely and utterly remarkable. As a result, I don’t want to go into any more detail than a basic summary. Please, please, please pick up this book and read it.
If you’re anything like me, it’ll change the way you think about the world. It could even change the way you think about yourself and your own family.