About Girl in the Woods• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (September 8, 2015)
Nineteen years old, confused, traumatized, and searching to find the person she is meant to be - Aspen Matis decides to take off on a personal journey that involves walking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail, a journey of nearly 3,000 miles on foot. Along the way Matis learns many things, including how to trust again, how to become at ease with herself and how face the future with hope.
This is a powerful memoir that follows Matis from spoiled rich kid to her traumatic experience in college to matured young adult woman who could come to reckoning with her demons and truly begin to be happy with her life. Matis' story is at time very graphic, and there are times that the reader might want to shake the girl she was. But there are also moments of celebration as the reader can see the progress Matis took along her journey.
Matis proves that she is a talented storyteller with "Girl In The Woods." Her writing is full of emotion and her descriptive account of her journey along the Pacific Crest Trail is fascinating. There are some comparisons to Cheryl Strayd's book, "Wild," which is also a story of a woman's journey along the PCT, but Matis' tale is uniquely hers and hers alone. I think anyone who has taken this trip will have their own story to tell, and Matis does so with a great deal of grace and forgiveness.
This memoir is appropriate for young adult readers and those who are interested in strong female-led stories.
About Aspen MatisAspen Matis is a writer living in Greenwich Village, where she's finishing her degree at The New School and working on a novel.
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My Thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this blog tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.