Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Cheryl Strayed
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Four years after the death of her mother, 22-year-old Cheryl Strayed has lost everything. Divorced and her family split in different directions, she finds herself alone, having made one bad choice after another. That is when Cheryl makes the spontaneous decision that will change her life. She is going to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone, without any real training.
I mentioned previously that memoirs and autobiographies are not my normal forte when it comes to reading. But every now and again, something will lunge out. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was a perfect example of this. Obviously, I mean you are reading my review.
My initial impression?
Seriously! 22-year-old train-wreck.. sorry but she was, and to be fair she openly embraces that fact, and she is just going to hike the PCT alone with no experience. I wanted to scream, “Girl, you ’bout to get ate by a bear!”.. or worse. Who does something like that? No sane person.
If you are not familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail, you can check the site out for all of the lovely details here. This trail is no “walk in the park”. It spans from Mexico to Canada. Yes, you read that correctly, I said Mexico to Canada. And this fool thinks she is just going to throw a pack on and have a go!?! Again..
Now that we have established that our main protagonist is a bit off, let’s look at what we really get with this book. Characters, well duh. She is hiking alone. There are a few hikers that she encounters along the way, and maybe one or two stay with you, but Cheryl is the sole focus of this story. It is her story. She does provide beautifully inserted glimpses into her past and final moments with her mother. I warn you, the first few chapters made my eyes water. I kept looking around to make sure no one was present for the waterworks show.
This book was inspiring. Of course it was! She hiked the PCT alone. If you cannot find some form of inspiration or draw encouragement from that, then you seriously need to reassess things. We are talking about a 22-year-old young female who has hit the bottom and pulls herself up and decides to do something incredible. Ignorant and insane maybe, but amazing! And I say the latter with all due respect, because I have mad respect for this woman. I just have to be honest and admit this was risky at least. I mean bears..Deliverance.. need I say more? 5 ⭐ s for inspiration and courage. Cheryl Strayed has the biggest set of cojones!! I mean they must be huge!
Here is what I did not expect. THE WRITING. Sweet mother of macaroni and cheese, this woman can write! And she can do it well. This reads as a novel written by someone who has been doing it for years. She writes in such a descriptive and picturesque manner, that it almost begins to feel like you are following her along the trail. I mean, I literally paused at times to take a breath. It seems unfathomable that she was able to bring so much life to her own story in such an unbiased perspective.
Alive, invigorating, beautiful, heart wrenching, and insane. I would easily apply any of these words to an accurate description of how Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail read and felt. Drenched with emotion. By the end of this book I wanted to hug the author, cry with her and high-five her! I felt so connected after having shared her lowest and highest moments.
So here is my real review: Read This! Read it, then share it and buy copies for friends and family to read. This one is a gifter. I have nothing negative to say. I am in love with this book.
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“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
― Cheryl Strayed,