Wild Summary


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.

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston GlobeEntertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch 

Book Reviews


The things we learn about ourselves on the trail.5 star

Great book about a fellow Minnesotan about finding a new chapter in life and overcoming the obstacles in our way.55


Cheryl you rock5 star

Cheryls story is so incredible and inspiring. I sped through this book and was so sad to see it come to an end. More please?! I recommend to ANY young woman especially, but everyone should read this anyways! You won’t regret!55


Powerful5 star

She is one of my favorite authors. I have met her in real life outside of her books. And she’s truly a powerful woman55


Wild1 star

Creepy is a word that comes to mind...boring, sad,and disappointing. Why all her screwing around details are relevant..and why she thinks she needs to tell everyone is beyond me.. It went to the Goodwill... maybe someone will like it...definitely Sounded like every messed up person...so common...nothing new here15


Interesting personal journey woven through a physical one.4 star

Wild is a fast read that has good pacing and compelling stories stitched through the background of the PCT. The family tales and personal challenges provide the motivation both for the protagonist, but also the reader, as it serves to keep you carried along from one chapter to the next. Ultimately the end of the journey fell a bit flat without a truly satisfying close to what Strayer wrestles with through the book. That said, it’s a unique perspective and an entertaining account of real events well told.45

Kat and klucky

The best5 star

Love this story with all my heart55


Wild by Cheryl Strayed4 star

I enjoyed this book. She, Cheryl, opened up completely, leaving no secrets, & revealing all her thoughts & feelings. It was a good read.45

Ephesians 4:5-6

The depravity of her mindset is repulsive. Refused to continue reading after a few pages.1 star

Do not recommend.15


Love5 star

This is one of my all time favorites. You feel everything that she is feeling. Truly amazing book.55


Captivated from the opening line!5 star

Saw the movie and wasn’t impressed and I love Reece Witherspoon as an actress. I just wasn’t captivated like I thought I’d be with a title called “Wild”. Decided to give the book a try and I read it in a week! From the opening line, I was hook line and sinker! I felt like I was on the trail, living my life out there with Cheryl and the others she came across. So descriptive and intelligent story telling and unlike any other book I’ve read. I’ll be holding on to this one for awhile! It’s so hard to let go of a good read once it’s over. I find myself wondering what it would feel like if I set out to hike the PCT. Thank you for inspiring a dream and for ending the book so gracefully. I hate endings but really this is a beginning. LOVE!!!55

Other Books by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things


Tiny Beautiful Things
4.5     576
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4.5     130

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