Friday, April 24, 2015

"Wild" by Cheryl Strayed


Wild is a great book for people who like adventure. It is about decision making and taking risks. Based on the authors own experience, this is an exciting true story to read. 

After the sudden death of her mother, Cheryl falls into a deep depression in which she abuses drugs and relationships. At the very bottom of a messy life she stumbles over a guide to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She decides to take the challenge and to use this adventure as a start to a new life. 
Having no experience at all, she starts this trip with a giant, heavy backpack and too small shoes.
Since she isn't prepared for the trip at all, she soon realises that she underestimated it on a grand scale. Given that she spent all her money on hiking equipment and provision she does not have the option of quitting.

I like the book and enjoyed reading it. The first part can be a little sad and depressing, considering Cheryl's life choices, but it is also interesting to follow how it all leads to the decision of the trip.
The actual hike is my favourite part of the story. All the trail descriptions and adventures the author describes make you want to join her. I often felt bad for the bad decisions she made, which just made me want to do the trip myself and see if I would be able to do better.
I think liking the book will really depend on whether you like the main character or not.
I can definitely recommend to give the book a try.

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Print.

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