Have you read


Have you read this memoir yet? It seems to have been very popular on the “Book Club” circuit last year, so I arrive late.  Once again (why does this keep happening to me?!) it started off very promising and then I’m sorry to say this but Ms. Westover just sort of lost me. Why did she keep going back and back and back for more life threatening abuse?? Not from her parents, not from an abusive boyfriend or husband, but from a brother?? Honestly? And we know she’s an incredibly smart person, gifted in fact, which makes it even more difficult to believe than it already is. I would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read it. I fully realize I’m going out on a really precarious limb here as it’s a best seller- over 7,000 reviews on Amazon, 81% being highly favorable (4.5 to 5 stars)



  1. I agree. Can’t believe she kept going back when she had the choice not to. I hope someone from that church or community knocks on her mentally ill brothers door to save his abused wife and kids.

  2. So very many “popular” books for the past few years have been a waste of precious reading hours.

    • I agree with you. Wish I could reclaim those hours to devote to the great books I’ll never know.

  3. I know what you mean. It was frustrating to read every time she put herself back in his presence. I thought, “Oh no. Here she goes again!” Overall, I enjoyed the glimpse into her life and her journey to become educated. I would like to read about her in five to ten years and see where her life is and what her thoughts are about her family. Brainwashed might be a more accurate title for this book.

  4. I completely agree. I too couldn’t understand why it was so popular. I guess it was the cringe factor, or just plain old modern day hype!!

  5. I was going to order this and just read your review! I love reading, and usually even if I’m not happy with a book keep reading in hopes it will be redeemed. Thank you for saving my time!
    “Just Mercy” is worth reading. The movie came out recently and is well done – the author was involved which always makes a huge difference.

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