Heidi's Reviews > Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Mar 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, nonfiction, travel
Read in August, 2012

I'm not really big on introspective memoirs, but there was something very welcoming and inviting about Cheryl Strayed's style that really drew me into her story. It reminded me of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love at first, in that it's a story of a woman going on a long, solo journey to find and heal something inside herself, but I was much more convinced by Strayed than Gilbert. Gilbert always seemed to be trying too hard. Strayed's journey felt very honest and natural, and I felt like I was along for the ride. I think it helped too, that her journey (a solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail through CA and OR) seemed like a dubious ambition for someone as unprepared as Strayed, and I was curious to see how her trek played out. Sad, funny, sweet, inspiring. She writes very well, and at times I found myself as wrapped up in the story as I am in a good novel. I was sad for this one to end.

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