By that, I mean this novel was very difficult for me in the beginning. I found myself wanting to put it down many times due partially to the frustration I felt with Tara as she seemed to "flip-flop" every time she made some progress. The other reason I wanted to put it down had to do with how slow it seemed to be in the first half of the book.
However, since it was a book club reading, I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. Although it was tough to see Tara regress and punish herself for things which were out of her control, her perseverance in handling her family and becoming educated was admirable. This memoir shows us the importance of education, and how it can change our lives and set us free.
Based on a five star system, I would give Educated a four. It was well-written and anything that gets me emotionally involved, rates as a good read for me.