The story was inspiring without being cliche.
I want to go on my own journey to find myself. Before reading this story I didn't realize that I could use a journey of self discovery; but I could.
It ended well, but was so hard to want to pic up and finish. Almost too much backstory. This is the writers story and needed to be told for her but I wouldn't recommend this book. The movie I now have no desire to see.
I'm not really much of a hiker but I found the story quite engaging. Whilst I could understand why the main character Cheryl Strayed went on this journey, which is to try to find her footing after having lost her way in life,
It was difficult to understand why any woman would want to place herself through the danger of hiking the trail alone.
As the main character said, she was for the most part very lucky. I guess the hardships endured enabled her to find her way in the end!
I enjoyed listening to this story event though I zoned out on many of specific trail, scenery details. I liked the way the life details were intertwined and connected with her trip on the PCT.
This was an amazing and truly inspirational read! I've never been interested in hiking for 10 miles let alone for 1100. In fact, I wasn't particularly interested in the book but I'd heard such good things about it from friends I thought I'd check it out. I'm so glad I did. Her narrative is told beautifully with heartbreaking glimpses into her losses. I enjoyed reading about the triumph of her little success as they pile up and become one giant example of what faith and tenacity can create. I'm sure the book and the movie will inspire a generation of young girls to test themselves on the PCT.
If you can get past what a total idiot this lady is, you may like reading about the scenery. She's seriously so painfully stupid, I found myself wishing the noises she heard outside her tent really were bears and mountain lions. I found this book to be narcissistic and annoying. Cheryl makes a shitload of really bad life choices and then basically chalks it up to losing her mom and goes on this big hike totally unprepared. If you are looking for something like Bill Bryson's " A walk in the woods", this is NOT it. If you are looking for a book about an idiot who walks the PCT after a heroin binge and an abortion (spoiler) than this is your book. I will throw her a bone and say that it does take guts to write 19 chapters of how completely stupid you are and really be honest about it. She puts it all out there. I can't decide if I respect that or think some things should maybe be left unsaid so I'll make it a compliment.