Before I review this book I want to make a note about all the terrible and unfortunate reviews this book has received simply because people see the author as a "privileged white woman." To me, these are the same people who turn up their noses anytime a friend of theirs says they are going on a fancy vacation or has had a life-altering revelation. Self-help and self-care and self-love may not be your cup of tea, but there is a reason why it is so important and vital to survival on this earth and to be truly at peace with yourself and the decisions of others. There is a reason that this book received such a strong reaction. It gets really raw and really real. It talks about things society tries to sugar coat or shove under the bed. It rips open bandaids and makes us look at things we are uncomfortable with seeing and hearing. And it does so amazingly.
If you still have a problem thinking of this story at one of privilege only, I encourage you to read the introduction fo the 10th-anniversary addition where Elizabeth Gilbert addresses this in a much better way than I could ever word. While you have the book in your hands do yourself a favor and read it (again and again!) At the risk of sounding cliche it really has changed me and I will be re-reading it for years to come!