When I started with Wild, I was almost giddy with excitement. I loved the simple writing, loved the reference to books and absolutely loved the idea of hiking the PCT. The journey of a lifetime and it was explained in as interesting as it could be. I was all set to give the perfect 5 for this one.
By the time I reached the mid of the book, the steam had already went off. The main reason I think was some part of the writing had started becoming repetitive. Also as you go more deeper, you get a feeling that the author has a unilateral view of couple of characters. Some narrations, especially the ones which narrates her mothers last days, I couldn’t help but think that her siblings and step dad may have a different version of things to say. That leaves a unfinished feeling with the whole thing.
Though the momentum with which I started the book has lost by midway, I enjoyed the book and was a perfect year end-er for me. As Cheryl, sat near the bridge of gods, I did feel the same as her. I keenly felt that I am gonna miss PCT and her boots. Apart from a few hiccups I loved the book. I guess Whenever I do a hike next time, Cheryl would defensively be there in my mind.
I would go with a 4 for this one.