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Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

"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."...

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Girl in the Woods: A Memoir Reviews

  • Gydle

  • Theresa Smith Writes

    I've taken my time reading this book, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because it gave me much to think over after each session. It's not the best written book, nor is Aspen/Debbie immune to the flaw of getting on your nerves at times. But when you reach the end of this book, you reach a place of understanding that only comes from the most honest of writers. Within the pages of this memoir, Aspen opens herself up to the harshest of scrutiny, and it's to be nothing but admired. It's not unti ...more

  • Judith

    This is something of a young adult version of Cheryl Strayed's "Wild". The author, Debby Parker, (aka Aspen Matis) was raised in a completely sheltered environment of wealth by two Harvard Law school graduates, in Newton, Mass. Her mother actually dressed her through her high school years and I don't mean she picked out her clothes: she dressed her like a doll from top to bottom. So weird! If the author can be believed, when she went to sleep-away camp in fourth grade, she didn't take a shower, ...more

  • Rebeka Burdon

    This book took me a long time to read, for a number of reasons...

    To be frank, it was quite dull at times. Despite being an avid reader I found myself having to pause, merely to try to re-gain interest. I would describe this book as being a stream of consciousness, it's not a real novel. It's incredibly disorganized. Aspen repeats the same thoughts again and again, there's really no difference between the first few chapters and the last. Would I say she "grew" as a person throughout the novel? H
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  • Debi G.

    It's a challenge to find a well-written trail narrative. This one is better than most, though a proofreader would certainly have helped. More on that later.

    It's unusual for people to change their names, yet both this author and PCT hiker Cheryl Strayed did so. The similarities end there, however, and it's particularly interesting how different--how much more populated-- Aspen Matis' trail experience is from Cheryl Strayed's and others.

    It's both exciting and alarming to read about the weather,
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  • Ilana

    I'm going to give this 2.5 stars. It had an intriguing premise and I did enjoy reading about the actual PCT hike, but the writing was redundant and heavy-handed. Though I respect her motives and her courage to be so open about her rape, the author was spoiled and unlikeable throughout most of the book. However, she must have done something right because I wanted to know what would happen to her and kept reading until the end.

  • Valerity (Val)

    3.5. I felt the author did a good job of telling why she chose to go the extended Mexico to Canada hike and what she hoped to get from it and feels she actually did. I liked her style of telling about her time on the trail, stayed up all night reading to see what happened next. A worthwhile read.

  • Mindy

    DNF @ 30%

    I can't be in this person's head one more minute. I have a huge fascination with hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and even though I wasn't enjoying the writing, I thought the hiking would carry me through. Well, I was wrong. It wasn't enough. I just can't go on. Really a bummer because I had picked this for a challenge and now I can't use it. Grrrrrrr!!!