Very interesting premise. Definitely thought-provoking and kept my interest. I wish there had been more about the visits between the two Wes Moores an...moreVery interesting premise. Definitely thought-provoking and kept my interest. I wish there had been more about the visits between the two Wes Moores and about how they were each changed by their relationship, but overall it was a well-written and interesting selection for our book club.(less)
I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was perfect to pick up here and there when I had a few minutes to spare. Lots of funny parts, many that made me l...moreI would give this book 3.5 stars. It was perfect to pick up here and there when I had a few minutes to spare. Lots of funny parts, many that made me laugh out loud. SO many things I could relate to. Nothing profound or life-changing. Just a quick, fun read.(less)
If we had the option, I might give this 4.5 stars, but I'm bumping it up to 5 since I lean in that direction. I found Wild really resonated with me. I...moreIf we had the option, I might give this 4.5 stars, but I'm bumping it up to 5 since I lean in that direction. I found Wild really resonated with me. I lost my mom when I was 36, not 22, but it was and continues to be the single most awful experience of my life. I was "lost" for a long time afterward, crying frequently, aching to talk to my mom again, to seek out her advice, to hear her comforting voice and infectious laugh. Fortunately for me, I had a supportive husband and three children who kept me going during that time. I could easily put myself in Cheryl's shoes and imagine how I might've handled it if I'd lost my mom when I was in my early 20's, before I was married and/or when I didn't have children. I've had other times in my life where I was working through something difficult and didn't always make the best choice and it's certainly possible I would've done the same thing without the support of my family after losing my mom.
Cheryl made a lot of unhealthy choices during the time between losing her mom and hiking the PCT. I don't judge her for it. She, like all of us, is a flawed human being just trying to figure things out. I admire her decision to do something major to shake things up in her life and to help her get her life back on track. I've known people who stay in that rut of mistake after mistake and never seem to learn from it. Cheryl decided she needed to get out of that unhealthy rut and change her life for the better and she chose a unique way to do it.
I loved reading about Cheryl's experiences on the trail, the things she saw and the people she met along the way. Her story was well-written, compelling and difficult to put down. It gave me faith in humanity. It inspired me to work through some of the feelings I still have about losing my mom almost 7 years ago. I think a good memoir not only gives us something enjoyable to read but also makes us think about some part of our own life that relates, even in some very small way.
Don't avoid this book because it seems to be "the" book to read right now. It's worth it and I think it has earned much of the hype it's received. (less)