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.

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...
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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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Rated 2 out of 5 by from An okay read This book was a bit disappointing. It started off slow. It got exciting towards the end when she is almost done the trail and then it gets boring again. Not sure why i thought it was boring in those spots, maybe too much detail?
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I loved this book, it was so inspiring.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. Better than wild, which is a very similar concept. But still not the most fascinating book. I think it is harmful because it shows readers that, technically, you can survive a hike like that with very little equipment or preparation. I just hope it didn't inspire anybody to become an unprepared ultra-light hiker, which will risk their lives.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read, great book Iam almost done this book. Probably about 150 pages left. I found this book to be an easy read and kept my interest. I think I liked the book so much because I could relate to how she felt about men and unhealthy relationships. Also because I have the same adventure, freespirit in me.
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memoir Aspen Matis's newly released memoir, Girl in the Woods, had me captivated from first page to last. From the book's cover: "On my second night of college, I was raped. Shattered and alone, I fled to the Mexican border and headed north through 2,650 miles of desert and mountains to Canada, walking the height of America in search of home. This is the story of how my recklessness became my salvation." More and more, we hear and read stories of walking as a form of therapy and healing. And I agree - walking clears the brain and allows time to think. The physicality of walking such a distance through so many climates is truly overwhelming and simply remarkable. Matis led a sheltered childhood, allowing her mother to make many of her decisions, including dressing her (up until she was sixteen) Yet, on the other hand, she had attempted other solo extended hikes by lying to her parents about where she was. She purposely found a college a great distance from her childhood home to try and find her own footing. But she is unprepared in many ways, both mentally and emotionally for what life away from home will bring. And as the introduction says - the second day there.... I found the first few chapters of Girl in the Woods so compelling and couldn't put the book down. I couldn't wait to see where this walk wold take Aspen - both figuratively and literally. Real life is so unpredictable. Does Matis make choices that everyone would agree with? Absolutely not. Some of those choices put her life in danger - more than once. But, the courage to attempt such a journey has to be applauded. That journey is not just physical - Girl in the Woods is a 'coming of age' story for Matis as she struggles to shed her passivity and find her own footing in the adult world. A large part of that is dealing with the rape and her own sexuality. The descriptions of the trail, the people and the scenery were detailed and vivid and had me imagining what it would be to do such a walk. But this couch potato will continue to live vicariously through others who share their stories. Inevitable comparisons will be made to Cheryl Strayed's Wild. The two women's walks were at different points in their lives and their journeys reflect that. I am fascinated with memoirs - the baring of someone's personal life for public consumption - and criticism. I can't criticize someone's choices and life - I can only say thank you for sharing. Does Matis find her happy ending? Yes - "the trail has shown me how to change" - and no - but that's another story. Isn't that life though? Moving ahead one step at a time, never quite knowing what's around the next bend. Girl in the Woods was a really good read for me.
Date published: 2015-09-25

Editorial Reviews

“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.”