I listened to the audio book of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail that was narrated by Bernadette Dunne. The movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon is scheduled for release in December.
* CONTAINS SPOILERS
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed is at the lowest point in her life. She watched her mother die, her family fall apart, her marriage end and her self-worth evaporate in a haze of one-night stands and drug use. But Cheryl is drawn time and again to the trail guide she bought on a whim about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and she makes the momentous decision to hike the PCT on her own. From here, Wild follows Cheryl’s journey as an inexperienced and underprepared hiker, as she discovers the grand beauty and challenges of the trail, the strangers she meets and befriends along the way, and the deep soul-searching that helps her start to love life again.
Cheryl Strayed has been criticized for her ignorance going into this trip and struggling with “first world problems”, but I did think it was a brave decision and this book could inspire others who are lost to go on their own journeys of self-discovery and healing.
Not much really happens in this book, so it’s a bit of a bore. Cheryl looks back on the events leading up to the trip and she successfully hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. The end.
Wild is an inspiring memoir about letting go of the past, trusting yourself and using guts and determination to not only overcome physical challenges, but emotional challenges. If anything, the book made me really miss camping, hiking and just nature (can you tell I’ve been stuck at home with the kids for too long?). Overall, Wild is a good book, although I have to admit I found the Goodreads reviews a little more entertaining.