Wild - Cheryl Strayed

Wild

By Cheryl Strayed

  • Release Date: 2012-03-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 6,006 Ratings

Description

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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.

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston GlobeEntertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch 

Reviews

  • Interesting personal journey woven through a physical one.

    4
    By filmguyryan
    Wild is a fast read that has good pacing and compelling stories stitched through the background of the PCT. The family tales and personal challenges provide the motivation both for the protagonist, but also the reader, as it serves to keep you carried along from one chapter to the next. Ultimately the end of the journey fell a bit flat without a truly satisfying close to what Strayer wrestles with through the book. That said, it’s a unique perspective and an entertaining account of real events well told.
  • The best

    5
    By Kat and klucky
    Love this story with all my heart
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    4
    By phepburn242
    I enjoyed this book. She, Cheryl, opened up completely, leaving no secrets, & revealing all her thoughts & feelings. It was a good read.
  • The depravity of her mindset is repulsive. Refused to continue reading after a few pages.

    1
    By Ephesians 4:5-6
    Do not recommend.
  • Love

    5
    By 123joker123
    This is one of my all time favorites. You feel everything that she is feeling. Truly amazing book.
  • Captivated from the opening line!

    5
    By Charleegirrl
    Saw the movie and wasn’t impressed and I love Reece Witherspoon as an actress. I just wasn’t captivated like I thought I’d be with a title called “Wild”. Decided to give the book a try and I read it in a week! From the opening line, I was hook line and sinker! I felt like I was on the trail, living my life out there with Cheryl and the others she came across. So descriptive and intelligent story telling and unlike any other book I’ve read. I’ll be holding on to this one for awhile! It’s so hard to let go of a good read once it’s over. I find myself wondering what it would feel like if I set out to hike the PCT. Thank you for inspiring a dream and for ending the book so gracefully. I hate endings but really this is a beginning. LOVE!!!
  • Wild!

    5
    By Mont_82
    Pretty good read!
  • Fantastic book

    5
    By daytona08675se
    I was hooked from chapter one to the end. I’m not a book guy but when I find the right book I will cruise right through it. The book is really well written and left me wanting to pack my backpack and go exploring
  • ...right in the feels

    5
    By waitinonwanee
    What an amazing, awe inspiring story. Makes me want to drop everything and go find myself- in a tent- on a mountain- with coyotes howling. A good read for sure.
  • Entertaining journey

    4
    By archetype67
    Strayed's book is both a physical and spiritual journey. Her writing is easy, her flashbacks to the life that brought her to hiking the Pacific Coast Trail (with no prior experience) well timed, logically placed, and told with a balance between detachment and emotion that keeps the reader focused on the process she undergoes to figure out who she is rather than dwelling on that past. Strayed writes well about the people she meets, the obstacles she faces, and the life she been living that threatened to overwhelm her. Her descriptions are excellent and she captures the uniqueness of those who populated her world - both past and on the trail. The one flaw of the book was that some of the metaphors of her journey were overdone or obvious. Despite this, I found I admired her for taking such a step to reorient herself in life.