Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Published: March 20, 2012
Dates Read: April 18- May 18, 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
Book Summary from Amazon:
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
I listened to Wild on audiobook last year. I did enjoy it and later watched the movie which starred Reese Witherspoon. Cheryl Strayed made a cameo in the movie.
Wild is a book where Strayed is seeking to “find herself” after going through many things( her mother’s death, the ending of her marriage, and more. Strayed is very descriptive with the things she does (drugs, alcohol, and sex). She covers her background and history in depth. She does ultimately take responsibility of her actions. She is also very descriptive with the physical effects on her body of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with no training at all. She was very unprepared for her journey.
Warning: There is a very tough scene dealing with a horse. If I had been reading the book versus listening to the audiobook I would have been bawling. I was driving and was listening to the scene but concentrating on driving. I did cry when I got home because of it.
I consider myself independent, but there is no way I would hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone! Being in the woods alone is something I just could not ever see myself doing. I give Strayed props for that. Wild is a powerful journey of self discovery and overcoming grief.
It is recommended.