Girl in the Woods
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Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada—a coming of age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her parents who discouraged her from telling of the attack, Aspen was confused and ashamed. Dealing with a problem that has sadly become all too common on college campuses around the country, she stumbled through her first semester—a challenging time made even harder by the coldness of her college's "conflict mediation" process. Her desperation growing, she made a bold decision: She would seek healing in the freedom of the wild, on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada.
In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her journey, a five-month trek that was ambitious, dangerous, and transformative. A nineteen-year-old girl alone and lost, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow desert pilgrims. Exhausted after each thirty-mile day, at times on the verge of starvation, Aspen was forced to confront her numbness, coming to terms with the sexual assault and her parents' disappointing reaction. On the trail and on her own, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance. She found her strength. After a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again—and heal.
Told with elegance and suspense, Girl in the Woods is a beautifully rendered story of eroding emotional and physical boundaries to reveal the truths that lie beyond the edges of the map.
A bold memoir
Interesting read, very well written. Although I got the feeling she had more hiking experience and more planning went into the trip than we are told, the author doesn't pull any punches on her highs and lows on the events up to and during her hike along the PCT. Bravo! Would be interesting to have a follow up to know more about what happened at various stages of the adventure, and to some characters. For example, what happened to Icecap?
Not my first PCT book I've read, but definitely the worst! What a normal person would write in 100 pages, the author somehow has managed to drag on for 300 painful pages. Her writing is garbage, soooo repetitive and naïve. I knew almost immediately she was a spoiled, ungrateful brat...yet it took her months of hiking to realize this. Very self centered. No mystery, no suspense. Me Me Me !
Best book ever
I laughed I cried I couldn't put this book down!
I felt for her, I think we all have a little of her in us. Now what to read?