Since hitting the shelves in 2018, Educated by Tara Westover has been a constant on international bestseller lists. By the time I started at HarperCollins Canada, this book was still a bestseller despite it being almost 8 months old. Even now, Educated remains a popular choice for Canadian book buyers.
Until recently, I hadn’t read many memoirs. But when I started to realize how much I love reading books from this genre, I knew that I needed to get a copy of Educated to read. And when I did, I was absolutely blown away by this stunning memoir. After I finished reading it, I was worried that I was going to go into a reading slump because I could feel a massive book hangover coming on.
I think that everyone should read Educated and here are five reasons why:
It’s a story about family.
Through this memoir, we get a deep look into the family life that prevented Tara from being able to set foot in a classroom. It’s a push-and-pull between pleasing your family and forging your own path.
It gives a deeper look into mental illness.
It shows how undiagnosed mental illness can affect the lives of everyone around them and how it dictates their choices, decisions, and beliefs. It shows how well mental illness can disguise itself when not openly talked about; how, if it’s left untreated, it creates a cycle that becomes tough to break.
It’s about resilience.
Throughout the book, Tara is tested time and time again over her convictions. From external to internal doubts about whether she can and should be educated, Tara fights for what she believes is right. She defies the odds after entering the classroom at seventeen. She demonstrates how determination and dedication can help you reach your goal. You just have to believe in yourself and never give up.
And a fight for education.
Growing up, I took my education and everything I learned in the public school system for granted. Even as I started to take unique courses that gave me the skills I needed to excel in the workplace today, I didn’t fully appreciate my education until it was no longer part of my daily life. But Tara does. As she fights to be educated in a classroom, you see the real earning and desire that comes with not having access to that.
It made me look at my education differently.
This is something I wish I had been able to do while I was still in school. Whether you’re still in school and are adjusting to the new norm for education that comes with social distancing or you’re in the workplace and are trying to learn new skills, it’s important (especially now) to appreciate and take advantage of any extra time you can dedicate to learning something new.
Have you had the chance to read Educated? If so, why do you think people should read this memoir? If not, you should definitely read it immediately. Until then, we’d love to know what memoirs you think everyone should read. Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.
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