At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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  • Happyreader
    Jul 25, 2016


    So much baggage. As a backpacker myself, I cringed to read about hoisting a backpack so heavy that she could only strap it on while sitting on the ground. How she managed to balance that pack and not let it accidentally fling her off the Sierras, even after Albert put that bag on a die...

  • Jeanette
    Jul 22, 2016

    Jeanette "Astute Crabbist"

    3.5 starsWhat kind of dimwit would decide to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail alone with zero backpacking experience? Apparently the same kind of dimwit who would try heroin just because the stranger she spent the night with happens to need a fix.If you can tolerate essence of dingbat ...

  • Cher
    Jun 29, 2016


    1.5 stars - I didn't like it.Clearly from the rating, this one did not provide an impressive or favorable reading experience for me. With a fairly high average rating, I am in the minority with that vote. At 315 pages, I feel this could have easily been condensed into 1-2 pages. The me...

  • Emily May
    Jun 12, 2016

    Emily May

    “The universe, I'd learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.” Wild is easily one of the best memoirs I've ever read. For two main reasons.1) It is extremely well-written. This book doesn't have that feeling which non-...

  • Katie
    May 31, 2016


    I saw the film on a whim on a long flight and ended up watching it twice. I didn't think it would be possible for me to enjoy the book even more, but Strayed's prose are magnificent. Easily my favorite book so far of the year. ...

  • Carmen
    Mar 28, 2016


    Cheryl is dealing with her mother's death badly. In her grief she has a.) not done the final work necessary to get her degree, b.) cheated on her sweet husband with multiple men, c.) as a result of (b) has gotten a divorce, d.) has a kind-of boyfriend named Joe who introduces her to he...

  • Diane
    Mar 4, 2016


    I loved this memoir so much that I read it twice. When Cheryl Strayed was in her 20s, she decided to hike 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. The wilderness walk was born out of grief — her mother had died suddenly of cancer, and Cheryl was feeling lost. She had been wildly ta...

  • Mandy Blair Crider
    Jan 26, 2016

    Mandy Blair Crider

    Cheryl is the man! I could only imagine going on a journey as magnificent as hers. I felt like I was with her every step of the way as she recounted her trip in this novel. What an experience! I am excited to see the movie now and how Reece brings Cheryl to life. Such a great novel! Wo...

  • Ted
    Jan 6, 2016


    The breaking of so great a thingshould make a greater crack.Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra4 1/2Cheryl Strayed on the PCT, 1995The words at the top are the author’s epigraph to the first part of her book.Short reviewThis book, published in 2012, tells the story of three months ...

  • Madeline
    Dec 16, 2015


    "I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it. That I could bear the unbearable. These realizations about my physical, material life couldn't help but spill over into the emotional and spiritual realm. That m...