I recently watched the movie Wild, after which I had to read the book. It was so good, and I was impressed with how much the movie followed the book.
The book is the true story of Cheryl Strayed, who embarked on a solo backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail in the 1990s. Cheryl is completely relatable. She’s a real person (I mean, she’s is a real person, but the character is real too, if that makes any sense). As I read her story, I could understand why she turned to sex and drugs to try and dull the pain of losing her mother, and ultimately, her family.
The book actually got me to pull out my old hiking backpack and try it on. It’s been 12+ years since I last did that – before Buddy was born. I thought about how the outdoors is truly good for the soul, and how much time my kids and I spend looking at screens. I was almost jealous of Cheryl’s smartphone-free life, when people read books in the woods. Sometimes I just want to sell everything, buy a house in the country, and sit on my porch and read all day. Doesn’t that sound divine?
Back to Wild… while there was certainly some vulgarity, I did read a few passages (completely G-rated wilderness parts) to my kids. They really, really want to watch the movie too, but it is completely inappropriate, as is the book, for young kids. There is drug use, sex, nudity (in the movie), and frequent use of the word “fuck.” It was so good, I almost wish there was a G-rated version that I could let my kids read (or watch), but I know that would take so much away from the importance of Cheryl’s transformation.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you want to better yourself, but without the preachy-ness, Wild is the way to go. In fact, here’s a convenient link so you can order it right now! This is an affiliate link, so I receive a percentage when a purchase is made. However, I did not receive this book for free, nor was a compensated in any way for my review.