We're all about badass women, and this book is no exception. Based on the author's life, the story begins with a lost (and young) Cheryl Strayed in the wake of a recent divorce, the loss of a parent, and the beginnings of her family breaking apart. In a desperate attempt to string her life back together, she decides to hike over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT, for short)–a gruelling hiking trail that stretches from the Canada-U.S. border to the U.S.-Mexico border, spanning the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.
Strayed starts the trail with no hiking or trekking experience, just a resolute determination to finish what she started. After almost 100 days, the story recounts the trials and mishaps of her journey. The story is one of personal suffering that is rerouted into one of strength, personal growth, and healing.
Now a major motion film starring Reese Witherspoon, the story is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and one to fire you up and get after your next goal. (And as with most movies, you'll want to read the book first!)
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