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Finding Everett Ruess by David  Roberts
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As a huge Everett Reuss and Chris McCandless fan, this was a highly anticipated book for me. I picked it up right away, here's a no spoiler summary.

The book could've been about 25%-50% shorter, but David Roberts insists on telling us every detail of the young man from his youth to the various people he touched. The writing style is excellent as Roberts is able to connect the past with the present and tells Ruess' dialogue though his journals. I'm not sure why other reviewers are so upset at the style of writing, Roberts is maintaining the facts from the few journals and letters while maintaining our interest. This is what non-fiction reading is all about.

The first half is particularly interesting because we learn about Everett's early adventures, this is very complimentary to McCandless, the second half of the book goes into when, how and why he's missing. There's also a lot of detail on his family. I'd recommend this book to any of McCandless' following. Everett Lives. Here are some differences Everett Ruess vs Chris McCandless
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