This is a memoir that recounts the events of Tara Westover, starting from her life as one of seven children who are raised by Mormon survivalist parents, to being a self taught student who later studied at Cambridge and Harvard. This is a very touching story of how Tara is able to find herself amidst the lies and falsified information she has believed her whole life. The struggles that she faced are on a whole other level that readers could not even begin to imagine being in. What inspired me most about this memoir is the character development she highlighted throughout her life. It was amazing to read about her journey—despite some gruesome events—and seeing comparing her past to her present can leave readers in disbelief. In conclusion, this book is highly recommended for high schoolers and up.

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