Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wild | Book Review

I've never written a book review before, simply because I never read. I couldn't stand the idea of reading whilst at University. Coming home after a day of 'reading' in the library, the idea of picking up a book seemed a lot of hard work when instead I could scroll through the internet to my hearts content.

However, since starting work, having time whilst waiting for the train and now getting bored on the internet, I love reading.

After watching Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life when *Spoiler* Lorelai goes to hike like Wild, I remembered that I was given the book last Christmas, but as expected, it sat in my book shelf. So once I had binged watched Gilmore Girls, I grabbed the book.

I had tried reading books like this before. Books where woman go on self discovering journeys. I never finished Eat Pray Love. The book is still sat on my desk, the bookmark poking out as if it wants me to finish. I expected I would do the same to this book, but I didn't.

The book is based on Cheryl's own experience whilst hiking 11000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother, a divorce, drug abuse and feeling disconnected from her family. I found the character (well, I suppose Cheryl) to be likeable - I rooted for her through the whole book, I wanted her to finish her journey so bad.

I loved hearing about the people that she met along the way, from those who gave her somewhere to sleep, to the friends who shared their beers and the ones who gave her much needed advice, like how to order new walking boots. I liked how almost all of the people said she was tough and that they had never met another woman walking the route themselves, but it's almost like she doesn't believe it.

I liked how her backstory was interwoven into the plot. We found out aspects of Cheryl's life before walking the PCT, but not too much which I think was a good thing. I finished feeling so inspired by what she had achieved and how she powered through, despite blistered feet and aching bones. The story was simple, but powerful.

I have to admit, I did a little google about Cheryl, what else she had written and how her story ends. I would love to know what happened afterwards, where she ended up living and if she ever reconnected with her family.

If you like gripping stories, cliffhangers and unexpected twists and turns, this probably isn't for you. But for a little bit of inspiration, a true story, this is definitely worth the read.




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  1. I read Wild recently, and I absolutely loved it. It's such an empowering book, and written so well. I'd recommend seeing the film if you haven't yet too - the book is definitely better, but I did also really enjoy the film as well!

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