Girl In The Woods: A Memoir by Aspen MatisGirl In The Woods: A Memoir by Aspen Matis

Girl In The Woods: A Memoir

byAspen Matis

Paperback | September 8, 2015

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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 speaking 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 she found her strength, and after a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again—and heal.

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After being raped on her second night at college,ASPEN MATISdropped out of school to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Trekking off into the wilderness with no experience, Aspen left her once sheltered life behind in hopes of finding a way to heal. Through her five months of struggle, Aspen faced perilous conditions that forced her to conf...
Girl In The Woods: A Memoir
Girl In The Woods: A Memoir

by Aspen Matis


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Title:Girl In The Woods: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062390619

ISBN - 13:9780062390615

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“Matis writes with a rawness that refuses to hold back...filled with small moments of awe...I was struck by how far she had come…she seemed years more mature than the young woman at the start of the journey. Girl in the Woods is a touching memoir that...unleashes clarity.”