Wild - Cheryl Strayed


By Cheryl Strayed

  • Release Date: 2012-03-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 6,283 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

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.


  • First finished book in years

    By Hunter Bretz
    I haven’t read a full book since I was a very young child. I’ve had so many failed attempts. They just never kept my attention. This book captivated me and pulled so many emotions out of me. I didn’t think it was possible to be so emotionally invested in a book. I felt connected to it in a truly deep way. I’m at a loss for words, but I guess I’ll just say thank you… thank you for the amazing story…
  • Could not put it down !

    By thetnhorners
    Great book
  • Wild

    By IV.2
    Awesome. Brutally Honest.
  • Life Changing and Gripping Novel

    By tfergie__8
    Wild is a well-told memoir. Each and every chapter began to unfold their own stories yet demonstrated the growing strength of the plot. Great book!
  • Inspiring

    By Cali2011paradise
    I liked the info and the story. The writing style was hard for me. Choppy and drawn out in certain parts. Not enough detail in some. I do understand that she’s retelling an incredible journey and I’m not judging that truth at all. It was a beautiful memoir. Very inspiring. I just didn’t like that the writing style threw me off cause I wanted to eat up every word of her incredible journey. I would have loved an epilogue or what she did the weeks/months once the journey was over. I felt left hanging then rushed couple pages of her life after
  • The things we learn about ourselves on the trail.

    By Jayswiss76
    Great book about a fellow Minnesotan about finding a new chapter in life and overcoming the obstacles in our way.
  • Cheryl you rock

    By Bean730
    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!
  • Powerful

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

    By paprcut
    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 here
  • Interesting personal journey woven through a physical one.

    By filmguyryan
    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.