Book Club Discussions for Educated by Tara Westover

Educated by Tara Westover was the title that our book club read for January. I’m no expert on book club (at all), but I thought I’d share the questions and discussion topics we used to lead our talk about the book.

If you haven’t read Educated, I highly recommend it. I awarded it 5 stars on my Goodreads account. Maybe not for the most expertly written book, but for the story and how it impacted me personally.

  1. What was your overall impression of the book? How many stars did you or would you award it out of 5?
  2. What are your thoughts on Tara’s father? Did you like or dislike him? Did that change throughout the story?
  3. How did you feel about Tara’s mother? Did you feel that her mother stood up for her enough? Do you think this was impacted by Tara being the youngest?
  4. How do you feel that things would have worked out for Tara if she hadn’t developed a relationship with her brother Tyler? He is credited for introducing her to music and learning. Do you think she would be where she is today without him?
  5. What frustrated you the most about what took place throughout the story?
  6. While going to college, Tara took psychology classes, which gave her a deeper insight to her own life. What do you think about Tara’s realization that her father was suffering from a severe mental illness? Do you think it effected how she managed her relationship with him after?
  7. How do you feel that the telling of this story may have impacted Tara’s real family?

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