I loved this story. No, this is not literature or excellent travel writing, but it is still a compelling story and I couldn't put it down. Strayed wrote this book about 15 years after her long hike, and I love it that she didn't lose any of the 20-something angst and journey that was so much a part of this story by waiting so long to write the book. A lot about her 20-something self reminded me of me at that same age, but there is no way I could have done what she did - walking 1100 miles and coping with all she had to deal with. Great scenery descriptions, lots of colorful characters, a little predictable, some tension, an easy and engaging read, I couldn't put it down. I will read her other book TORCH now.