I think a good time is a 40 oz. of old english and a good book. A great time is when I leave the book.
I didn't really enjoy the writing style. Performance was good. Although the book seemed both immature and pretentious. Cheryl just complains the whole time and doesn't really learn anything worthwhile on her hike. She was strong to make it all the way but she treats the smallest inconvenience like it is mt. Everest. So when real trouble comes along it doesn't seem to be that big of a deal. Her mom showed her how to be optimistic and cheerful through tons of hardship and she seems to just love wallowing in her own misery. I didn't hate the book though and it was pretty entertaining at times. I might recommend it to someone else.
Could not "like" Cheryl Strayed no matter how much I wanted too. Some interesting info about the history of the PCT, but otherwise not a book I would recommend or read again.
A better story- there was really nothing to the storyline at all
Several scenes about the prolonged sadness that Cheryl Strayed goes through after her mother's death
Whiny, self-absorbed, poorly written & as interesting & relevant as a 13 year old's diary. Narration was painful too but I blame the author for the miserable writing. See the movie instead.
If you are reading "Wild" to experience the PCT, be warned. She skips the first 150 miles from the border and rides in a car for most of the trail's path in the Sierra. Doesn't hike a mile in Washington state.
Not a book I would suggest my 16 year old daughter read.
The narration was well done. The story, well, was like coming upon a horrific car accident. As awful as it was, I still couldn't seem to walk away. The story is everything wrong with our western society. Drug addictions, promiscuity, adultery, abortion, divorce, alcohol, insecurity, and spiritual starvation all wrapped into one person. One person who can ponder the meaning of her own life while casually throwing having an abortion amongst the list of things she did to prepare for her hike. She struck me as a very deep thinker in some aspects while in others so incredibly shallow and self absorbed as to make you nauseated. For someone who had always dreamt of being an author, I find it interesting that one of her favourite adjectives is 'f-ing'. Not for anyone under the age of 18, and definitely not for anyone easily offended by someone who can cross nearly every moral boundary and somehow justify it as something she couldn't help but do. The fact that this is a true story makes the entire thing that much worse.
I wouldn't read another book by this author if you paid me. But luckily she can't possibly have enough more to whine about to fill another book.
This young woman leaves a man who loves her for no apparent reason, although she never sets eyes on a man that she doesn't at least think about sleeping with. Her mother dies so she starts doing heroin and changes her last name to something dumb, then she goes on a hike totally unprepared (but she doesn't forget the condoms- well, you just never know if you are Cheryl Strayed). And now she writes a book that will scar her children for life. What's to like?
She is self pitying, and unenlightened all the way to the end. The story seemed contrived and outdoor adventure and natural beauty played a small role. Not what I had hoped.