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🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences
- The book's about Tara Westover's life growing up in a survivalist and somewhat insane Mormon family in Idaho
- She eventually manages to break free of the extremely strong lock her family has on her to pursue a PhD at Cambridge and visit Harvard
- She has this almost self-destructive loyalty to her family and what she's been indoctrinated with, and her journey of self learning is really interesting and inspiring
I found the book quite difficult to relate to and a bit boring at times. Her Dad and her family are fucked in the head... and rather than approach it all with curiosity I was just kinda frustrated to read about this super backwards and outdated way of living and life. I wished I could have been there to just slap Tara and tell her to go get out of this crazy environment and situation and live up to her potential rather than pissing about with her degenerate family.
🔍 How I Discovered It
Famous book on Goodreads. Bill Gates reviewed it highly as did many of my other friends.
🥰 Who Should Read It?
I think it's a good story of self-empowerment and because she's a woman it's especially interesting for feminists/female empowerment in society.
☘️ How the Book Changed Me
This book demonstrated to me how powerful indoctrination can be and how important family really can be to one's self identity.