Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

There are so many books being made into movies that I want to see, which rarely happens nowadays. I’m much more of a book person (obviously), but I’m excited to see some of my new favorites hit the big screen. For starters, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. I read all 336 pages of this book in just two days—it was a page-turner, hard to put down. Earlier this year, I read Strayed’s advice book, Tiny Beautiful Things, which brought me peace in so many different ways. A columnist for The Rumpist known as “Sugar,” this woman has been through it all. As a twenty-two year old divorcee, orphan, and part-time heroin user, she sets out to hike the Pacific Coast Trail from California, through Oregon, to Washington—alone. From her toenail-less feet to her hipbones rubbed raw from her backpack (lovingly referred to as “Monster”) and the fear of running out of water, Strayed tells the story in an honest way that breaks your heart and puts it back together again. 
Even though I have never been through half the tragedy that this woman has, she tells her story in a way that really inspired and intrigued me. It’s a story of defeat and also a story of empowerment. A story of losing important pieces and finding others. A story of hate and love and every emotion that makes us the beings that we are. Bonus: Reese Witherspoon is playing Strayed in the movie adaption. Check out the trailer below and read the book as soon as you can!