Into the Wild

Book review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Mesmerizing, tragic, and intense bio meant for discussion.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 13+


It’s a story about someone who feels the weight of the world and is looking for a way to make sense of it. A young man searching for meaning and himself by discovering the world and people around him. Disconnecting to connect. Before he leaves home he donates $25000 to Oxfam and the burns $120 in a symbolic gesture. Great story with a lot if deep meaning about what is important in life.

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age 18+

Horrible, waste of time.

One of the worse books I have ever been forced to read. The story of an ungrateful, entitled spoiled white kid who abandons everything (including giving away and burning money), in an vain attempt to get back at his parents for human errors and failings. Just hated it from start to finish as well as the authors obvious bias en favor of this nonsense that this man put his family through. There as sooooo many other stories of people that never get told, but this spoiled white boy gets a book. Disgraceful

Book Details

  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • Genre: Biography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publication date: January 19, 1997
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 15 - 17
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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