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Cheryl strayed really keeps one's interest.  The book is about her experience hiking the pacific crest trail.  Most interesting episode in book...she camps near some mud in the desert and wakes up covered in frogs!  Ok.  She did some things, like drugs that made me ask WHY?....
But for someone who had such a tough younger life, she turned out ok, and the PCT is what took her to womanhood.  So say what you want about her... but I consider her a kindred spirit and this book will REMAIN on my shelf indefinitely.....
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It isn't about backpacking so much as it is about her surviving this strange experience she has with some backpacking gear. Backpacking is the setting and the book is about her.

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Mine has remained on my shelf too...but I will admit, this is because I have yet to finish it...  :)

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If you do a search, there's another, long, thread, about this book.

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So far I am disappointed. She seems overly overwhelmed by her mothers death to the point where she starts sleeping around and using heroin (actually shooting it), gets divorced. She is going on this hike to clear things up and has 12 condoms packed and ready. Really -who takes 12 condoms hiking?
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Someone who is planning to hike more than 11 days??

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It isn't about backpacking so much as it is about her surviving this strange experience she has with some backpacking gear. Backpacking is the setting and the book is about her.

Which is why I keep passing on reading it. I want to read a book about a thru hike, not the emotional trials and tribulations of someone who can't deal with a parent's death, a failed relationship and has a love affair with the needle and promiscuity. Everyone raves about this book but it's not my thing to read a soap opera on the PCT or any other trail.

Best book I've read with female hikers are the books by the Barefoot Sisters and their thru hikes on the Appalachian Trail.


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I get frustrated with people who won't take advice that will help them, like all the advice she got about lightening her pack and better boots.

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The most overrated book I have ever read!  Absolute crap!

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Here's the other thread:
http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin....hl=wild

I didn't care for the book, either. Cheryl was just too weird. I would rather have read more about her experiences while on her trip, not read about all her personal stuff.

I must say, I will probably go see the movie. Maybe so I can laugh or whatever. I didn't like the book "Into the Wild," either, but saw the movie. It was good for amusement.


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That book is excruciating. No plans to see the movie.

As someone who works with the mentally ill, I refuse to spend any of my leisure time on that subject.


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I've hiked a significant amount of the PCT over the last 10 years. And that whole time I've been reading trail journals.com and chosen one or two hikers to follow throughout their hike.

Guess what I realized about this book? It works if you pace yourself just like you had to when she was hiking the trail. (It used to be that the hikers would post to their journals every week or so when they got to town....now they post pretty regularly from their phones)

So I'm about 3/4 of the way through, and 3 months in, lol. I tried to read it like a normal book in the beginning and you just get lost in her head (a la Eat. Pray. Love.) The book was tedious that way but guess what? That whole trail is tedious...and wonderful...and beautiful...and redemptive.

I can't wait to see the movie because I want to see my trail!


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Just watched the movie trailer for Wild. It stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl. The locations look good and the quality looks good.

It comes out in December. I'll go see it.


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The most overrated book I have ever read!  Absolute crap!

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+1.  Just couldn't get through all the self pity and B.S.

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I absolutely loved that book. Once I started reading it, I never put it down. That book really jerked my emotions.

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I really loved this book!  I also had trouble putting it down.  It's in my top 10 favorite outdoor books now.  I like how she went into her personal life.  I don't know about you, but it made her feel very real to me.  I'd guess that most people who set off to hike the trail are doing so to help heal from something.  And we all had our first hike where we carried too much and wore the wrong boots.  At least I did.  Of course mine was only 3 days, but it was very memorable.  And she did take advice about lightening her pack, and getting a different size boot, and write in depth about her experiences on the trail - including losing her boots, the frogs, hiking and camping in snow, getting lost, resupplying, all the people she met, etc... but I guess some of you didn't read that far.  Anyway, I thought it was very touching and in parts quite funny and very much worth the read.  Looking forward to the movie!

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I read the WHOLE THING waiting for the outdoors to become an actual part of the book.

I diagnose people like her every day, so felt totally let down - it's just not about backpacking at all. Absolutely ridiculous book.


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I read the WHOLE THING waiting for the outdoors to become an actual part of the book.

I diagnose people like her every day, so felt totally let down - it's just not about backpacking at all. Absolutely ridiculous book.

The only people who say the book was meant to be about backpacking are the ones criticizing the book for not being about backpacking.

It's a book written about someone getting their life together. Backpacking only happened to be the means that worked for her.


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I read the WHOLE THING waiting for the outdoors to become an actual part of the book.

I diagnose people like her every day, so felt totally let down - it's just not about backpacking at all. Absolutely ridiculous book.

The only people who say the book was meant to be about backpacking are the ones criticizing the book for not being about backpacking.

It's a book written about someone getting their life together. Backpacking only happened to be the means that worked for her.

I'm criticizing the book for pretending to be about backpacking.

False advertising. It's been talked about by all kinds of people as being about backpacking.

I think I will go buy a rocket and spacesuit and fly into orbit, and be totally into my spotty past for thousands of pages, and say nothing at all about space or the rocket or the suit except in the most passing references. I'll make it almost to the moon and decide to skip it entirely and go back to Earth, and then Michelle Pfieffer can play me in the movie. It'll totally be about space. I won't engage in any meaningful way with space, the planets, the stars, the rocket - I might complain about how uncomfortable the suit is, and how stupid and difficult driving the rocket is. It'll be a really cool space flight described in the least interesting way possible because really, everyone's going to be more interested in how dysfunctional my past life was and in the end, there will be little to nothing in the way of connecting my space trip with any of it.


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So many long trail "books" have been a big disappointment to me---stuff like "300 Zeros" and David Miller's book "AWOL On The Appalachian Trail" and Winton Porter's "Just Passin' Thru".  I've written long screed-reviews of them and I'm sure I'd bloviate on the Cheryl tome, and not in a positive way.

It's like watching the movie Into The Wild and poor Emile Hirsch couldn't be bothered with using his pack's hipbelt, at least in several of the scenes.  A big detail MISSED and it epitomizes most of the trail, hiking and backpacking media out there. If you miss this important detail, what other crap is unsaid or glossed over??


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