Girl in the Woods

511cipgwOBL.jpgGirl in the Woods by Aspen Matis has been on my to-read list for a long time. I am not even sure how it got there. It’s basically Wild with a different trigger. Aspen is raped her second day of college, ends up dropping out before the end of her freshman year, and to heal, hikes the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. At first, I wanted to give up on this – too much like Wild, but not as good. But, I am glad I stuck with it. Matis has a clear way of writing that pulls you in and engulfs you in her story. I found myself completely lost and wanting to find out her ending. I was surprised to learn that she had walked the trail and written the book before Strayed published Wild. In fact, her story was kind of scooped. Nevertheless, this is worth reading, even if you read Wild.
four-stars

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