I normally jump into writing a review as soon as I am done with a book. Before starting this one however, I had to pause and get my steady breathing back and not hear the my heart beating and the noise actually pumping in my ears. It may sound dramatic but I have spent the better half of the day reading this book, ( I jumped at that chance because Goodreads listed it in the releases for today and I thought there couldn’t be a better day to read this, and I had an ARC thanks to NetGalley with me) and was very invested in Tara Westover’s life.
This is a true story of the author’s life and for the millionth time I realize how grateful I should be for having a safe and happy childhood. She looks back on her upbringing in a family with very few ties to the outside world and reality is blurred around the edges and rationality is not taken for granted. We can see her piece her life together with her journal entries and her memories and other’s corroboration. Human tenacity and the fight some people might have to go through to use their abilities is highlighted through multiple instances. The author’s family have an ingrained lack of trust with the government and anything associated to it.As the youngest of the children, she has a better view of all the changes that their family faces and the precedents that are available to her. She joins formal education directly in college and goes on from there. The human element is the most crucial aspect of it all,the warring of the minds and the emotional quality and quantity available to them.Her entire family who are extremely religious,each have a different reaction to Tara’s choices in life. It was a very powerful read and I am not sure I am strong enough to read it again, but I would recommend it to others.