I was a little worried that this was going to be another Into the Wild where I had absolutely no sympathy for the main character and his unpreparedness. I thought this could easily go that route, but for some reason, I understood her need to get away and her reason for thinking she could do it.
Cheryl Strayed was as prepared as she could be for the state she was in at that time. Having lost her mother, dealing with childhood abuse, entertaining risky behavior- heroin, unprotected sex, etc and a subsequent divorce- she deserved a second chance and her restart was this trek along the Pacific Coast Trail.
Yes, she was unprepared and naive about what it would entail, but she managed to meet her goal. With the help of others, despite some setbacks, injuries and scary encounters, Cheryl survived the wilderness. But surviving everything before the PCT to become a successful writer, a wife and a mother was the real accomplishment.
I can't wait to here the thoughts of the others in my book group.