By Nutan Sewdath • April 03, 2015•Ms. JD, Ms. JD Book Reviews
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.
Honesty. That word kept hitting me as I turned each page. It’s been a while since I've read a book that I've become emotionally attached to. I dove into this book and was immediately hooked. I felt her sadness, anger and triumphs.
I encourage each and every one of you to read this book. This book resonated with me because it described a journey. It’s not about a whimsical walk on a mountain. It’s about a woman’s hike throughout her insecurities, fears and comforts. She questioned her decisions and reflected on her life throughout the book. While we are all on our individual journeys, battling LSAT’s, finals, and promotions, this book reminds us to focus on the moment in front of us. We all need that reminder. The book begins with Cheryl Strayed losing her mother at a very early age. After her mother’s death she loses contact with her family and eventually loses control of her life. In an effort to win her life back, she takes back the reins and hikes over a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail by herself.
If the story doesn't capture you, I guarantee the writing will. I read this book and felt like I was listening to music. Good music. Her vocabulary and flow was enchanting. She is an excellent writer. Her anecdotes painted vivid pictures in my mind inviting me to connect with her. I visualized the crisp mountain air and the green fir trees. It was a complete breath of fresh air.
Like all forms of art, I think the message for each reader will be different. For me, it reminded me that there’s still a long way to go. As a recent law school graduate, I’m constantly planning my career trajectory and trying to predict the future. This book reminded me that my journey has only just started. If you need an inspirational, honest, and exciting read, this is the book for you.