The Wild Truth – Book Review

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The Wild Truth : The Untold Story of Sibling Survival by Carine McCandess is a non-fiction that kind of acts as a sequel to Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.


I was mildly obsessed with Chris McCandless’s story after watching the amazing movie and reading the book a few years ago. I was really surprised when I saw this other book in the bargain section of the bookstore and realized it’s been out for 2 years and I have never heard of it!

I did found it enjoyable, even if its really frustrating. This girl (Chris’s sister) has spent 35 years of her life being naive. HOW MANY TIMES in this memoir do we read about her parents’ horrible behavior towards her, find ourselves completely outraged and thinking well thats it she’s had enough, surely. Well no, there she went, going back to them, letting them into her life, abusive and mean spirited as they supposedly were. If half of what she says is true, and I don’t have any reason to doubt it, these people should have never been parent.

I have read reviews mentionning this was just a book about a woman whining about how bad her parents were treating her, but I don’t understand how anyone could read this book and not feel sympathetic towards her and her siblings, and how anyone could think ” it wasn’t that bad ”.  According to me, it was bad enough, in a lot of different ways.

The think I loved most about this book and that made it a 4 star instead of a 3 was all the pictures included! I always love the picture section in a biography-type book and this one had 3 (not pictures, but sections with pictures, tons of pictures!). I also appreciated how the book was structured and how she separated the different parts of her life. The first half gave us a lot of insight on Chris youth and personality. The second half was more about her and living with her brother’s loss, dealing with the family that mostly lead Chris to depart, her involvement with Jon and his book project, and then with Sean Penn and his movie project. I would recommend the book if you are interested enough in the truth behind this young man’s demise.

THE MOVIE is something to see, the cinematography is splendid, a lot of very beautiful landscape whil Chris made his way North until he arrived at his destination in Alaska. The actors are great and the soundtrack, mostly created by Eddie Vedder (lead man in Pearl Jam) is on point. This movie is also full of memorable quotes. “If you want something in life, reach out and grab it”.  IMDB PAGE


I highly recommend!


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