So I've been on a nature kick lately taking my son to various local parks and identifying birds, flowers, and other outdoor life and I thought this would be a fun, fast-paced read about an older guy who is completely out of shape but decides he wants to hike the Appalachian Trail. I've done similar yet vastly smaller scale things in my life. Twice I woke up and decided to run a 5k that day, completely untrained and out of shape.
What I hoped would be the story of a man and his fatter friend competing against all odds, pulling out every last bit of strength, determination, and will power in his tired, broken down body to complete the AT was actually anything but. I don't want to give away any spoilers here but WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! He doesn't do it! He doesn't even come close! After mocking the South and deciding he doesn't want to be in the South ever again, he hires a cab to take him to Virginia. After this point, my interest was lost.
Not only is this book completely unbelievable, it is actually more unbelievable than most movie scripts. I'm not calling him a fraud but I do believe in my heart he may have stretched a few things to make it more pleasant to read. The first half of the book was entertaining, though questionably true, but the second half of the book, when his friend and him decide to take a few months off (lame!), is boring. It is nothing more than him describing various histories of different aspects of the trail. Personally, I thought it was slow-moving and felt like it took me much longer to get through than the first half of the book.
As much as I complain, it wasn't all bad. The book was pretty funny and awe inspiring when he describes how difficult it is to actually hike the trail. I'm glad I read it because I feel like I learned quite a bit. I just wish it would've been more engaging than it was.
I love to read and to discuss books. My preferred genre is sci-fi but I like to read mostly anything.