I found the book repetitive and childish. The structure is easy and the author doesn't seem to trust the reader's intelligence. She has a need to reintroduce characters with the same repetition of words than the first time she introduces us to them. Over and over again. I was bored most of the time this book last. However, it's a Bookclub choice and I stuck to it but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I also did not enjoy the choice of the reader's voice for this read: Too raspy and old. I also didn't appreciate the production choice of having her constantly whisper.
I would not recommend this to anyone. the movie was worse. Why write about the trash in your life. We have all had issues and they are best left forgotten.
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.