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Read it before the movie comes out!
on December 2, 2014
I think memoirs may be kind of my thing right now -- travel memoirs, specifically. After reading an excellent memoir (Love with a Chance of Drowning) I was craving more of the same, so I finally picked up Wild. I had been meaning to read it for some time, but continued putting it off until I finally picked it up last week.
This book hooked me from the very beginning and even though Cheryl Strayed and I share little to none of the same life experiences, I felt connected to her and her journey throughout the book and like I was there with her. I would personally be terrified to hike the PCT, or any long trail for that matter, by myself and there were certainly times throughout the book in which I thought to myself "what is this woman thinking?" But as time goes on, I felt the trail became somewhat of a companion for Cheryl. It was almost like a friend who was a great listener, just there as Cheryl makes her way through the trail and begins coming to terms with her life, her mother's death, and her relationship. She was alone, but for some reason it never really felt that way in the book.
I found this book to be very empowering. When you set out to do something completely alone, it's impossible not to grow from it in some way. Especially when you realize you are capable of so many amazing things on your own. It was fascinating reading about Cheryl's reflections on her life and also witnessing pivotal moments in her journey in which you could actually experience her growing and healing. I still think what she did was absolutely crazy, but it was also amazing.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys travel, the outdoors or just wants a good read that will make you think and contemplate your own life. I'm excited to see the movie next month.