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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Cheryl Strayed battled inclement weather, bears, lack of food, snow drifts, and many other obstacles as she stubbornly kept to her goal of walking the Pacific Crest Trail. Despite lacking a male ego, she never let her own inexperience get in the way of her quest. Wild is written with great candor and skill. Her words paint pictures of the scenic beauty she encounters and depict the anguish she felt over the death of her mother and the course her life was taking.
I enjoyed reading Wild with its female point of view. I could feel the cold, the wet, the sore feet. I could smell the rankness of being on the trail for days without a shower. I could imagine the fear she felt when she stumbled upon a rattle snake or encountered some of the snaky people she met. Having done some long distance hiking, I can appreciate what she went through. I would've have given up after losing the first toenail, but no, she persevered until she walked out of five more of her toenails. I could feel those nerve endings throbbing! She earned her title, "Queen of the PCT."
Well done, Cheryl! Well done! Your adept writing flowed across the page like a soft summer breeze.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a 27-year old male, and I picked up this book based on a recommendation by Outside Magazine. However, it is much more a book detailing a women's struggle to steer her life onto some semblance of a meaningful path rather than an adventure story. Sure, there were some chapters that I enjoyed, but I ultimately grew tired of Cheryl as the book wore on. She complains a lot and, from my perspective at least, puts the most worthwhile dudes in the friend zone while detailing sex-capades with those who are clearly of lesser quality. There's also no real conclusion to the story other than the fact that shes makes it to her endpoint on the trail. She didn't convince me that she had really changed or that the trip was anything other than mildly cathartic.

So, nothing against the people who love this book, but steer clear if you're looking for something in the outdoor adventure genre. To me, it came across as more of a 'chick-flick' of a story. I wouldn't say that I absolutely regret reading it, but there could have been better uses of my time. I guess it would have helped if I knew this was an Oprah book, but it's also true that I've read other Oprah books previously and enjoyed them thoroughly.

Probably going to re-read A Walk in the Woods to flush this one of my mind.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
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I am glad that Cheryl found herself, but the book is self serving and is another person trying to find the "meaning" in life and put a self important spin on thier poor choices....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
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I rate it a one star because it was a prolonged, painful journey reading about every stupid decision this woman made, every awful step she took on this journey when she hadn't trained for it, and every blister she suffered because she had the wrong size of boots. I have never hated a book as much as this one and I am terribly disappointed that my book club chose it. There certainly must be many other books that deserve reading...something interesting besides one's immature outbreaks.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
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I did not enjoy this book at all. While may be the story of hiking on the PCT, it is more the story of self pity and insufferable whining. At least in the beginning. I didn't make it more than 25% through the book because I could not stand any more lamenting about her mothers death, her failed marriage and her heroin use.

My parents divorced, I had a crappy adolescence and my father died when I was 24. Did I use any of that as an excuse for my behavior? No. But this author has no problem going on and on about how the things that happened to her were the reason for her choices. I would NEVER dishonor my father by even mentioning his death in the same breath as some of my own stupid decisions.

Mourning her mother as an excuse for infidelity? Mourning her mother as an excuse for heroin use? Sickening.

I'm very sad that I supported this author. I hope that others get something out of this book and there is value somewhere because it certainly was not there for me.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
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I was really surprised by the lack of gratitude in this book. Dumb luck and the kindness of strangers made this journey possible, but the author seems to take this for granted.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Seriously this is the most pathetic trail book I've read. Even after all those miles on the PCT this idiot failed to realize that her "success" was only a mixture of dumb luck and the beneficence of nearly everyone who came in contact with her. The author is a terrifically destructive and self absorbed woman. I doubt writing this book changed that since the trail experience didn't. How does the graphic retelling of her stupid and dangerous behavior benefit anyone? I get the distinct impression that recounting it only served to validate it for her. And I can only assume she recounts her idiocy to give credence to the title. Epic Fail. I not only came away from this read disgusted by the author I also have pity and compassion for her family and the others her destructive nature touches. Some more fitting titles would be: "Idiot", "Trainwreck", or even "Lost". Don't waste your time or money on this ridiculous author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
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This is a memoir and the author wrote this for herself. If you just want to read about hiking fun adventures, this might not be for you. This book started out with the author's heavy past. A lot of readers could not empathize with the author's self destruction pattern. I tend to think this was from childhood domestic violence damage, traumatic childhood experience which led to self destruction in adulthood. What happened to her mother was just a trigger of that. The story is about how a first time, totally uninformed, unprepared, messed-up-in-the-head backpacker who survived her journey. By doing so, she picked up all the broken pieces within herself and healed herself at the end of the journey. Again, she wrote this for herself, not for you and me, so this book is honest and there could be information that readers don't want to normally know. I enjoyed it cover to cover though. I remember my very first backpacking trip (also unprepared) for only 4 days. It is amazing to see how long she last on PCT under extreme weather. I always find backpacking therapeutic myself, I could totally feel the healing of the author as I read through the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Someone planning on hiking the Pacific Coast Trail should see what not to do.
It seems unbelievable to me that Cheryl did know the fundamental rule of wearing a pair of shoes (in this case, a pair of hiking boots) before you actually wear them "for real".
If she hadn't been good looking, her story would have been entirely different.
This makes "girls" look bad. Definitely not for the independent women.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
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I thought the story was very good. It's always great to read about tuff women. But why so many F-bombs? You could leave out all the swearing (and mentions of masturbation, etc) and still have a great story and not alienate any reader. I'm going back to classic literature where fantastic stories are told by writers who are intelligent enough to express themselves without profanity or even unnecessarily giving the reader a glimpses into things like private hygiene. "Inserting a vaginal sponge". Really!?! REALLY!?!? That added absolutely nothing to the story. I kept reading to the end because I was interested enough but didn't care as much.

I just read some other reviews and was reminded of a lot of other self indulgent discusting behaviors in the book. Not a person I'd want to learn anything from or be inspired by. Change my 3 stars to 1.
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