I really enjoyed this book! I heard about it through an interview with Ms. Westover on the NYT Book Review podcast, and it sounded so interesting I requested the book immediately! It took a while for the book to become available, but when it did I was SO excited! I think I read this book in just a few days, because lunchtime at work became a trip into the wilds of Idaho, and into the lives of Tara and her family.
Tara grew up in the mountains of Idaho. Her father ran a junkyard, and her mother was a healer. Her parents mistrusted the government, so Tara was never sent to school. When she or her siblings were injured, Tara’s mother helped them at home. She never saw her life as unusual, until her brother Tyler left home to go to college. After that, she began to see changes in her family, and when her brother returned home to tell her she could go to school too, she decided to go for it.
“We are all of us more complicated than the roles we are assigned in the stories other people tell.”
This book is a non-fiction memoir, but it almost reads like a novel. At times I forget I’m reading about someone’s real life. It is told so well, and written in such a fun voice, that it’s very difficult to put down. I don’t find many memoirs this enjoyable. I find myself wondering what’s going to happen next, and I find myself almost obsessing about her life, even when other things require my time and my focus. To me, this is the mark of a great book. One that grabs you by the heart, rips at your soul, and ties you up in knots. When you almost become emotionally invested in the characters, and you wonder what you would do in their situation.
The point for me in this book was that learning about myself and what I can do to make something of myself, is an education in itself. I’m reminded of a quote, “it’s the journey that matters, not the destination.”
I got this book from the library, but I will be purchasing it so that I can read it more than once. I was very impressed, and loved it much more than I thought I would. I hope you take this to heart and check this book out for yourself. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
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