Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2012, 338 pages)
Cheryl Strayed’s life is in pieces. In a matter of four years her mother suddenly passes away from cancer, she has little contact with her remaining family, she destroyed her marriage by her infidelities, and oh she’s started to use heroin. She knows her life is a mess and she needs to do something drastic to get back to her true self and roots. When she becomes inspired by a guide book to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, she decides that is exactly what she needs. With little hiking skills and completely unprepared for life on the trail, Cheryl sets out to face the unexpected alone and to fill the gaping hole in her heart.
It seems I’ve had this on my to-read list forever and when I started to hear buzz about the movie coming out in December, I knew it was time to pick it up. Before I started reading I read some reviews that stated she got what she deserved because she was the cause of her life being such a mess. While it’s mostly true that a lot of her life unraveling was her fault, it’s also inspiring that she took a step back and realized she needed to do something drastic or her life wasn’t going to get better. Everyone makes mistakes, even really big life altering mistakes. Plus I loved how she intertwined her story of life on the PCT with her past life tales. I thought the read was going to drag because of the hiking storyline but I was surprised with how fast I flew through this.