PS It’s going to be made into a film… starring Reese Witherspoon. Already can’t wait!
After months (literally months) of reading The Goldfinch, I finally finished it. The verdict? I liked the book, but didn’t love it and wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. While extremely well-written and full of beautiful prose, I just couldn’t get through it. Some parts read better than others. There were a couple of times when I breezed through 100 pages only to find myself struggling through the next 75.
It was almost more of a relief to finally read the last page (and it really did end beautifully). I was craving a quick read and wasn’t disappointed by Wild. A quick read, but amazing! I love memoirs and stories of triumph, this was a little both, but also more.
It’s essentially about the author’s journey as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself. Frankly, it sounded extremely cheesy to me at first, but so many people recommended it so I decided to give it a go. The perfect blend of personal reflection, cooky characters, victory & misery, and a healthy dose of humor every now and then.
I couldn’t help but cheer for Cheryl and imagine what I would do in her
shoes boots. I can’t say I’ll ever be signing up for such an adventure as hers, but I really was inspired by her story and journey. Aren’t we all trying to find ourselves just a little bit? To what lengths would we go?
Cheryl Strayed was only a little bit older than I am now when she embarked on the trail. (In case you’re wondering the PCT is a trail that goes from Mexico to Canada…) I’ve never camped and I’m not outdoorsy and the thought of losing my toenails makes me queasy. Add in the fact that she was a young woman almost completely alone? Sheesh. Serious girl power there.
If you’re looking for a great and quick read with some real substance, this is for you.