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1.75  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  66 reviews
My Memoir
This book is my memoir—a memoir that for several years now, I have known I would one day write. But let’s set the record straight right here. Part, but only part, of the impetus for writing my memoir at this time, is the publishing of our daughter’s book, Educated.

I want to tell the story of my life as I really lived it. I want my grandchildren to know who their g
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published 2020 by Butterfly Expressions LLC
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Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am disappointed that LaRee chose to be dishonest and gaslight much of what her children endured. This might not have bothered me so much if she had just wanted to write her own story, but she worked so hard to discredit Tara by rewriting history. Of course there are inconvenient details we all exclude when we tell our story, and I do believe that is fair in a memoir. However, when you dismiss, whitewash, or ignore your own mistakes while invalidating somebody else, I get crabby. As a mother, I ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Probably THEE most self righteous thing I’ve ever encountered. By the end of page #123 I had to set the book down and mentally gag a bit. It is a memoir of how fantastic and knowledgeable she is. It’s about how her life has blessed the lives of everyone around her. It was a thick clouded cover of her and her husband’s “perfection”. There was nothing real about it. Self righteous is the only summary I could give it.

I think of myself as a pretty great mother, and a dedicated loving Christian, but
Rebecca Eisenberg
Dec 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I would give this zero stars if that were possible. The title of the book is ironic given the disturbing lack of literacy of the writer. It is hard to follow this book given that it is not written in any recognizable or accepted language. If anything, this book provides proof that some (unduly demanding) may require in order to believe that everything that Tara Westover described in her acclaimed Memoir _Educated_ describes actual events.

Read only for the purpose of demonstrating to others how
Chelsea Hatler
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
A narcissistic rant about rewriting an abused woman's history. If you want your children to write positive childhood stories about you maybe you should try giving them good memories. Nothing but gaslighting an abuse victim and manipulation of the audience to impose a sense of self importance. Don't bother giving this woman the attention and sales numbers to make her feel like she has won, because that is the only reason this book exists. ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
I read this so you don't have to! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! FYI, I have a habit of giving at least a 2-star rating to any book that has consistently correct grammar and syntax. 1-star ratings are reserved for the absolutely horrific train wrecks that are books like these; it is probably no coincidence that the one-star ratings I give tend to be self-published, as this one was.
I should say that I do not know the Westovers personally. You can probably already tell that, since I gave the book an hon
Kate Larsen
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
If it were possible, I’d give a zero stars. This is the most dishonest book I’ve read in a while. I wish I didn’t waste my time on it. This woman is trying to erase facts and truth and gaslight what her children have experienced, it’s toxic and abusive. This is clearly the work of a narcissist abuser. -0/10
Kelly Gordon
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
I read her daughter's book Educated & this book is so obviously the mother's attempt to try & discredit her daughter & I saw right through it. Poorly written too. No wonder she had to self publish. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
Ah. Gaslighting and narcissism at its finest. What a terrible book and how shameful of you to disregard your own child like that. Failed parent.
Allie Ramos
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Don’t waste your time on this. Obviously jealous of her daughter’s success. How do you title a book that close to hers? Because you’re a narcissistic “mother”. Tara’s book is amazing, even if I am LDS and went to BYU Idaho. How dare you?
Bruh, you can't be serious XD. ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
I wanted to read this after reading Tara’s book because I believe every story has two sides. The reasoning for self publishing says it all. I can not imagine that any publisher in their right mind would allow such a narrative to go unresearched. If you are unsure of the abuse that took place in the Westover home, read this book to further instill the truth. Publishers do their research. Tara is backed by that. LaRee’s explanation of why she did not use a publisher screams to her fear of exposure ...more
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)

In this corner, weighing in at 71,000 reviews, we have Tara Westover's 'Educated.' (crowd roars) this corner, weighing in at 13 reviews, we have Tara's mama, LaRee Westover's 'Educating.' (a pity wooo in the back of the room)

But seriously, did you all know that Mama Westover clapped back with her own memoir?

First, you should know that I agree with some of the things that the Westover's believe when it comes to homeopathy and energy work. I'm an advocate and lover
Brittany Rye
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
Terrible. Absolutely terrible. To attempt to discredit your daughter's experiences for your pride? You should be ashamed. ...more
Betsy Shealy
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
I would give this zero stars if I could. The narcissism and gaslighting contained is astounding.
Isabella Zona
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Terrible book. I couldn’t even read this thing. It’s apparently self published as you can tell by the aweful grammar. It’s obviously written by a narcissist that just couldn’t stand that her daughter made something of herself after she spent her entire life forcing her into hard labor in the junkyard and mistreating her. You will probably never even meet those “grandkids” of yours. Utterly pathetic. I’m glad Tara got away from her childhood trauma. Most don’t. Please don’t waste your time on thi ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
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Savannah Stone
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was interesting, but I don't think I would recommend it to a friend. It did give me a greater perspective than the sole narrative given in her daughter's book 'Educated', however LaRee spoke way too much in absolutes for me to really trust everything she said in this book. She said things such as absolutely everything in Tara's book was false, that herbal medicine is always helpful etc but then contradicts herself so frequently that it is sometimes on the same page! She gives statistic ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
Pitiful. The very definition of gaslighting can be found within the pages of this book. Furthermore, it is utterly disgraceful this mother is trying to piggyback on the success of her daughter's book "Educated" to gain monetary profit and undermine her daughter's experience. ...more
Matthew Carr
Dec 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
If I could give this a zero I would.
Oct 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
I would like to preface this by saying that I'm not a review-writing guy, especially a negative review guy. Not everyone is going to like the same thing, and that's a good thing.

That being said -- I am hugely disappointed that LaRee would go through these lengths to discredit and re-paint the life that Tara lived. I cannot stress this enough -- do not read this book unless you are looking for a whitewashed version of the Westover's life that paints LaRee and her husband basically as modern-day p
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
I don’t even know what to say about this. I suspect the author would have to use her herbal remedies to treat the sprained arm she must certainly have suffered from patting herself on the back. Very narcissistic book.

I suspect the Westover family “truth” must bear little resemblance to either of their memoirs.
Jen Hughes
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A MUST READ if you have read Educated. 👏👏👏
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anyone who has read the book 'Educated' by Tara Westover should read this book. It provides an added perspective that deserves to be heard. I was very interested to read this book as we live very near the author, and although I don't know her well, we have seen and heard of the drama and heartache caused by the book 'Educated'. I tried to read bits of Tara's book via the audio version, but stopped about halfway through. I was continually annoyed with her prefacing stories with "I wasn't there, b ...more
Drusilla Westover
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such an inspiring book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it. But I was captivated from the very beginning. I love how Laree shared her heart aches and her joys. I laughed. I cried. My heart ached for the pain she has endured. She is a wonderful teacher and this has come out in her book. It took great courage to open herself up to the world the way that she has. Her knowledge of alternative medicine amazes me. Her love for each of her children shines through this book. ...more
Vickie Horowitz
May 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
Dont spend a dime to enable this horrible mother's lies. Who does she think she is kidding? She must be delusional. ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am originally from the same southeastern-Idaho community where the Westovers live. While I do not know anyone in the family personally, I have been repeatedly asked to give my opinion on Tara’s book and, subsequently, her mother’s.

I was provided an ARC of Educating and share an extensive review of LaRee’s book on Simply search her name on the site if you don’t see the post right away.

I invite you to visit the article and share your thoughts in the comments. It’s a popul
Ruth Ann Lingwall
There are few books that underline the services of mothers as well as Educating by LaRee Westover. To evaluate anyone’s life decisions without knowing their story is a faulty act of foolishness, at best, or hate at the worst. Everyone wishes to be seen for their whole self in thoughts, feelings, and reflective experiences. I wish we could all see the beauty inherent in each heart. This memoir gives us that small glimpse into the life of a unique woman.

Remember that no one is perfect! Of the many
Terry Buford
Sep 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
I would not have purchased this book. It was loaned to me and about 50 pages in I almost decided I was done. But I did finish it. We know that perceptions among family members often differ about events and relationships. I believe the author believes her version of the family. I do not. I am sad though not totally surprised to see the level of denial I think this mother has about Tara’s childhood experiences. It’s one of the things that characterizes families where abuse occurs. I pray for Taras ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and it was very hard to put down. It was very inspirational and informative. Reading about her plan for homeschooling and educating her children is really inspiring. I homeschooled for a while and wish I had known more about homeschooling at the time. Her vast knowledge on learning about homeopathic and herbal medicine was also informative. We all have the ability to learn and LaRee pretty much spells it out in this book. I recommend reading this book if you have thought about ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting read. I thought it was all going to be a rebuke of her daughter’s memoir but it wasn’t. She seems to have lived an interesting life. An independent thinker and confident in her life choices. I appreciated her open mindedness and didn’t claim that her way is the only way. A good read.
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