This is a powerful memoir—a gripping story. I overuse this phrase but it's true: I devoured it. Her stories are a bit fragmented, so it feels like binge-watching a TV show. Each chapter is like a short episode. You could watch one separately and it would be deeply captivating, but the story is obviously more powerful if you finish the whole season.
The disjointedness bothered me a bit, but I suppose it is realistic. Our memories aren't formed linearly—especially for those of us who don't want to recall parts of it—although that's how our lives play out.
The story unfolded well, and Tara is an incredible writer. I really enjoyed her use of similes and metaphors. I also enjoyed her retelling of events without blatantly passing on any opinions about it all—allowing the reader to draw his or her own interpretations.
If you like stories about family struggles, mental illness, feminism, religion, and education, this one's for you.