Book Review: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed


At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

This book made me want to sit down on the floor and sob and sob and sob and sob (anyone who has read this book will understand that seems to be how Cheryl describes everything) the book is TERRIBLE. Who would go and hike the PCT with no preparation? The fact that this woman did not end up dead due to lack of preparation is amazing. Of course, many who have actually hiked the trail think she just hitch hiked most of it. She admits to a fair amount of hitch hiking anyway and a great many things she says do not add up.

This book was a terrible bore to get through because it is just that bad. I do not for one second think she detoxed from the heroin she was supposedly doing on the trail. Of course I also do not think she almost stepped on a rattle snake several times and got all the special help she got for being a “bad ass chic hiking the PCT.” You wanna know what this book is about? The author pretty much says she screwed up her life by cheating on a perfectly nice husband (lots of times) so off she goes to the PCT. On the trail she is the only woman and she is so pretty and everyone is always looking at her, flirting with her and doing things for her because she is so pretty. She thinks everyone wants to have sex with her and some of them are kind of rapey. The end.

This book is just not worth it really not worth it. It is not empowering or life changing either because I don’t think she learned a damn thing on her supposed hike.

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