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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. Advance praise for Educated “Powerful, moving, brave, naked and completely at home in its form, Tara Westover’s Educated gives us homegrown American originals, who find their Mormon congregation too conventional, and raise their children on a western mountain, refusing them birth certificates and not allowing them to attend school. This is a daughter’s story of how she grew into herself and comes to understand her home. This book would be far less harrowing if it were a novel.”—Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and Anywhere But Here “A punch to the gut, a slow burn, a savage indictment, a love letter: Educated somehow contrives to be all these things at once. Tara Westover guides us through the extraordinary western landscape of her coming of age and in clear, tender prose makes us feel what she felt growing up among fanatics.”—Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble
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Breanne1
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I waited a very long time for this book to become available at the library and it was well worth the wait. An education frees your mind from the control of others and this book and Tara‘s story is a testament to that. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I‘ve gotten so far behind on posting reviews that I‘m just going to do a few, short recent ones. By the way, I also love this cover!

This was a quick read that offered an interesting insight into a Tara Westover‘s struggles with family, education, and independence.

gradcat I know what you mean—I‘m very behind, too!! 2d
CoffeeCatsBooks @gradcat Yeah, I kept saying I need to log these others first and then it just snowballs. 2d
JaclynW I'm behind too! Life is busy! I'm currently reading this book. It is fascinating! 2d
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This woman‘s story blew me away. The strength she has found within herself to survive her childhood, to become her own person is simply amazing. The audio is very well produced as well. Highly recommend to all.

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JuliaReadsSometimes
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I have been really drawn to books with characters that frustrate me. Tara made me yell in frustration and beam with joy. I listened to Educated on audiobook while I made my daily commute.
I will say if you are squeamish this book might be uncomfortable for you to read because it describes injuries in great detail.

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Canndor
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Wow, this book was so intense. I had to keep reminding myself that it was not fiction.
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Halechr
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I have graduated and I‘m all educated, now time to read for fun 😊

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Traceelizaxox
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Educated is probably one of the first books where I ever fought to get through it without crying. Tara‘s story of her life is mind blowing yet mind opening all the same! She has struggles and heartache and pain and all things one could never imagine. Amazing writing and story. Ps make sure tissues are near by!

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BookNAround
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I‘m finally jumping on the bandwagon and reading this one. Also, it‘s the choice for two of my book clubs this month. 😉

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mgdenmark
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It took me awhile to get into it, but once I did I could not put it down. It‘s 2:34a EST & my mind is racing. We‘ve all been Tara Westover in one way or another. Maybe not as extreme (maybe more so). We‘ve all had to come to the crossroads where you believe & move forward with the past or step into an unknown & uncomfortable future.

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MsJPilkey
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The rest of my #bookhaul for my classroom library 📚

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crhealey
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Spending some quality time in silence this Mother‘s Day. #igotitfrommymama #weekendreads #motherdaughtertime

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RaimeyGallant
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ALL THE STARS. I wholeheartedly add my name to the list of people who have recommended this memoir, which, by the way, happens to include both Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill Gates, and Ellen DeGenerous.

baes ❤️ For the longest time I assumed so much from the title, and kept looking past it. It was so much more than I expected. 1w
LoverofLit Such a great read. I had to furiously Google everything about her and her family after to make sure she's ok. 1w
smilingshelves This is my book club book for this month. I'm impatiently waiting for my library hold to come in! 1w
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RaimeyGallant @baes Same. @LoverofLit I did the same thing! @smilingshelves It'll be worth it! 1w
teainthelibrary Simultaneously terrifying and inspiring! I couldn‘t put it down. 1w
rwmg My book club's choice for August 1w
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Lmstraubie
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Absolutely fascinating

RaimeyGallant Agreed! 1w
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Tera0707
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I loved this book. I missed an opportunity to meet her at the college I attend due to work, and after reading her story, I‘m even more bummed about it. It‘s amazing how far in life she‘s come!

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JenlovesJT47
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The first 15% of this was so scattered and hard to get into, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. Around 30% I got completely sucked in. That being said, I do have very mixed feelings about this. I‘m still giving it a pick because it is absolutely worth reading imo, but Tara told her story in such a cold, detached manner, and I feel she left out large chunks of the story. Regardless, I admire her finally escaping her abusive family and for going so far⬇️

JenlovesJT47 With her education. 4⭐️ #memoir 1w
cathysaid Agreed. Good summary of my thoughts as well. It‘s not that I don‘t believe her or think she‘s being deliberately misleading but I‘m not sure I buy the accuracy of the retelling. (edited) 1w
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RebL
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Apache tears. Semi-polished, a little wet, more brown than I expected.

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heyitsMacall
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I love this book! The writing is so eloquent and her story feels so true.

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KadeLexical
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I started this thinking it would be a heartwarming story about overcoming a strange and unique childhood... Partly is was, but mostly it was a gritty, raw account of a remarkable and intelligent young woman surviving what would appear to be unbelievable if it wasn‘t so clearly and articulately documented in her memoir. Her honesty is unflinching and some parts are hard to handle (like the injuries endured in childhood)

Nute Wonderful review! 1w
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Starting disc 4 on this morning‘s commute, and am completely amazed that this woman survived her childhood to write this book. Amazed I tell you.

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rsteve388
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This book was amazing, hard at times to listen to as the author describes the violence her older brother puts her through.

It is amazing to me her story of triumph over adversity and an unhealthy upbringing. I felt such a personal understanding with the author because I also in some ways had an unhealthy childhood. While nothing to the level of what the author goes through, I gained insight and hope from her story.

WhatWouldJaneDo I felt very similarly! She is about the same age as me and while we have had very different lives I recognized some of the internal patterns she had to break in myself. I think it's a sign of a great author to take such a specific story and make it so resonant! 2w
rsteve388 Agreed! 2w
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DivineDiana
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Current Book Club read. So many reserves on this one! Lucky to score a Kindle at one of the local Libraries! #nonfiction

bedandabook I really, really enjoyed this one. Hope you find it as captivating! 2w
DivineDiana @bedandabook It is a remarkable story! 2w
CocoReads That‘s my next book group book too 2w
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CocoReads @DivineDiana no I bought it on sale at b&n with Christmas cash. I haven‘t started it yet but probably will next week 2w
DivineDiana @CocoReads Great! Sounds like a plan! 2w
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erinhanna
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An interesting look at the author's unconventional path to a college education and her struggle to recognize and then re-define her reality.

Lcsmcat Welcome to Litsy! My “pro-tip” for getting the most out of this app is to search for books you love and follow others who loved them. (Use the magnifying glass at the bottom to search.) 1w
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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A little behind on updating my #nonfiction2019 #bingo. Using the tagged book for Something Written by a Woman and Duped by Abby Ellin for Something with an Unlikeable Character.

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rsteve388
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Just got to chapter 37. Chapters 31-36 were hard. The abuse, the co dependency Tara has on her family, it reminds me of my own unhealthy upbringing. What a wild ride this story is.

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Altea
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“He had defined me to myself, and there is no greater power than that.”

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I_Like_Big_Books
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I love when books let you experience things you never would‘ve before. This book gave me that feeling. It was horrific, motivational, uplifting, enraging, depressing...so many emotions all in one story and I‘m very grateful she wrote it. Hopefully it helps others in that situation. #educated #bestof2019 #5stars

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rsteve388
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So typically I read two books at a time. One audio book on Scribd and a physical book. This is my second book and I am listening to this on Audio and it is such a rollercoaster of emotions for me. With regards to what this story brings to mind for me. In chapter 16 when she goes to college I had flashbacks to all the stupid things I did in college and felt emense empathy for the author.

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Tera0707
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I took my Final today, so now I feel free! My daughter bought me Educated at the beginning of April, and I told her as soon as the semester was over, that‘s what I was going to dive into first. And here we are...😁

RaimeyGallant Loved this book. :) 2w
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Joanster5
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I can not recommend this book enough. I listened to the audio and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Great book! I ended up using it for the around the year challenge prompt #39 a book with a strong sense of place Buck‘s Peak was definitely a force in the book. #aty2019 #aroundtheyearin52books

RaimeyGallant I adored this. 2w
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Christinak
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The letter arrived in a normal envelope. My heart sank when I saw it. #Rejection letters are small, I thought. #QuotsyMay19

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Heideschrampf
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I confess that I cannot understand the #hype. Yes, her story is harsh & her progess admirable, but the way she told it was just too shallow for me. She keeps forgetting her siblings, the families miraculous luck with terrible injuries confuse me, as does her keeping focus on her academic career and completely skipping over other aspects of life... I'm sure writing this book must have been therapeutic, but ripe for publication it seems not 🤷🏻‍♀️

Tamra You hit the nail on the head and is part of the reason I‘m not typically a memoir reader - this read like therapy. Like many, an essay/article would have sufficed. 3w
Heideschrampf @Tamra i'm glad i'm not the only one - Though I usually enjoy female emancipation autobiographies. But that also means that I know there's far better ones out there 😕 3w
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thelibrocubicultarist
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Had a tough time reading this book. Actually listening to it via @scribd audio. I couldn't stomach it at first, was both difficult to read and impossible to put down. ⁣🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Kdgordon88
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April was not the best reading month. Only 5 books finished. Educated was by far the best book I read this month. The others were all 3 stars at best. Here‘s hoping May will be better.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did good! 📖💖 3w
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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WOW! Tara Westover's memoir of growing up in an isolated, survivalist family is incredible. Her family is a dual portrait of genius and mental illness, producing three children who attain PhDs with no formal primary schooling while perpetuating generations of emotional and physical abuse. Westover is remarkably balanced in her portrayal of this life, writing as a historian instead of from anger. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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bodacioustchr
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Highly recommend. A memoir about the life of Tara Westover. Her humble beginnings make her rough and tough as she starts to analyze her life. Excellent stories

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Heideschrampf
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Treating myself to some coffee and cake (poppyseed and rasberries, heavenly!) while #bulletjournaling with the #audiobook plugged in. Having seen so many raving reviews of this book I was looking forward to it, but I have to confess that I find it rather boring with the occasional gory episodes strewn in. Half way through it cannot even closely hold up with other female eremite bios i read. But we'll see...

rwmg Oh dear, that doesn't bode well. It's my book club's choice for August. 3w
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Nellbie
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This really spoke to me. Find the beauty in yourself. It‘s always been there.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Getting slammed at work again so I went into the office today. When I work on the weekends I'm usually the only one there so I decided to finally try the audiobook thing. This has been on my TBR for months and it's totally living up to the hype! So beautifully written, harrowing and moving.

marleed This was my first January read of 2019 and I‘m still thinking about it. I you-tubed the author upon finishing. She‘s interviewed often and they are a good follow up to the book. 3w
WhatWouldJaneDo @marleed thanks for the tip! I will definitely be looking up interviews with her once I'm done. 3w
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Hyggescence
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This was as good as everyone says and beautifully written ... though the level of abuse and gaslighting was often disturbing and difficult to listen to.

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I had discerned the ways in which we had been sculpted by a tradition given to us by others, a tradition of which we were either willfully or accidentally ignorant. I had begun to understand that we had lent our voices to a discourse whose sole purpose was to dehumanize and brutalize others—because nurturing that discourse was easier, because retaining power always feels like the way forward.

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MEGR
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I am relieved that I‘ve finished...The cycle of abuse was exhausting. It reminded me alot of Glass Castle, which I read at least a decade ago, but still remember enjoying the writing immensely more than this book. I kept thinking “Oh, there is no WAY anyone would survive this!” And EVERY time they did! 😱
I haven‘t picked my next read yet, but I assure you it will be super chill so that I can recover from this memoir. 💔

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Bookwormjillk
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Like so many others I devoured this book in two days, so it is of course a pick. However the story did seem to be unreliable, and had many gaps. I never felt I knew what Tara‘s motivation was for learning. It all just seemed to happen, although in my experience Harvard and Cambridge fellowships don‘t just appear. Also all of those near death experiences were very confusing. Overall a fascinating and inspiring story.

whatsthEStorey I felt the same way! Still loved it, but there was a pretty big gap. I actually looked back to make sure I hadn‘t missed something. 4w
BooknerdsLife Thanks for the review! Heard so many good things on this one! Adding it to my TBR 4w
Bookwormjillk @BooknerdsLife let us know what you think! 4w
BooknerdsLife @Bookwormjillk I will definitely do that 👍🏼 but need to manage my never ending TBR first 😅🙈 4w
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Carolyn11215
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Really enjoyed this thought provoking, often disturbing book.

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Les_get_reading
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This book.... oh. My. Goodness. What a perspective, what an experience. This book truly impacted me; it will stay with me. Though I can‘t relate directly to Tara‘s background, many parts within the story truly touched me. Biggest take away: our past does not define us. There is a whole world out there, and we owe it to ourselves to absorb it and explore it. Extremely well-written. Amazing.

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StephanieGeiser
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I loved this one!! I can already tell it is one I will be recommending over and over again this year.

It is also the first pick for the book club I just founded at my office and I am so excited to discuss it at our first meeting tomorrow!

rather_be_reading awesome girl!! 4w
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paigecon
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Hi everyone! I know I have been away from Litsy for awhile but I have a good reason! I just finished my last university final (!!) and have been spending lots of time with my new nephew. I sadly haven‘t read a single book in what feels like forever so I am very excited to have the time again to read for fun! Looking forward to starting this one very soon.

Djspens You picked a great book to get back to reading with! 4w
Buechersuechtling Thumps up that you‘re done with your finals. 🙌🏼 I hope all went well so that the effort you put in paid off‼️ 4w
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Battledoll
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Beautifully written and very intense

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Bookwormjillk
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Reading Educated but it‘s kind of stressful. Why so many untreated accidents?

Stacy_31 Yes!! I don't know how far along you are, but there were 3 or 4 that just made me think, WHY??? 😡😡😡 4w
Bookwormjillk @Stacy_31 oh the usual, someone just caught on 🔥 4w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Bookwormjillk that one was unbelievable to read!!! 😱 4w
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MEGR
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Road trip reading 📖

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