Book Review: “Wild”

Posted: May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
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I have just finished reading ” Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (via Goodreads)

I bought this book because I had heard a bit about it when the film version came out, and I thought it sounded interesting.

The blurb reads:

“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’m really glad I bought it because it is such a good read. Cheryl’s marriage breaks down and her mother dies, and so she’s at a crossroads in her life, and trying to work out her path into the future. She learns the hard way how big a challenge she set for herself in doing the Pacific Crest Trail: she has never hiked long distance and it sounds really painful wearing the wrong size boots and carrying a massive backpack which she affectionately christens “Monster”. She surprises her loved ones and everyone she meets by hiking the Trail alone as a woman. Along the way, she makes friends with the hikers she meets and keeps up a good banter with them. She also works through her personal issues as she hikes alone: coming to terms with the breakdown of her marriage and the disintegration of her family when her mother died. We get flashbacks of important moments which led to her doing the Trail, which are fascinating, although there are quite a few sad moments.

I loved this novel because it’s a memoir, so it is real and the issues explored are things which anyone could go through. I give it a big 9/10!

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