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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster (in a good way), 24 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found (Paperback)
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I absolutely loved this book. I can't remember the last time I had a book that I couldn't put down, I read Wild in one weekend. I knew a little bit about Cheryl Strayed from an interview with Oprah and honestly, I thought that I'd be delving into another self-help book dressed up as an autobiography. But I was pleased to find an absence of personal development spiel. It's not a complete autobiography, Wild focuses on a particularly difficult phase of the author's life centering around the death of her mother and the subsequent journey she embarks upon to ultimately 'sort herself out' after turning to class A drugs and dead-end relationships. The journey she takes is across the mountains of the Pacific Crest Trail.

What I love about the book is the way the author was able to engage with me, the reader. She details her journey with such authenticity and honesty that I found myself crying quite a few times as I read the book. This is highly unusual for me. It's not that I felt I was on the journey with her, I just felt like I caught a very real glimpse into what she was genuinely feeling and at times this was heart-breaking to read. Equally there were times when I wanted to jump up and down with joy when she had climbed each summit and this is what made me love the book so much, the way the author could connect with her audience so strongly whether she was elated or depressed. To say this book is an inspiration is a bit of a disservice because it is so much more than that. I don't feel the urge to up and leave my life to climb a mountain range, but I do feel compelled to look at the difficult parts of life differently and take comfort in someone else's bravery and triumph. Wild is extraordinarily raw and courageous and as far from self-indulgent as you can imagine.
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