Parent reviews for Into the Wild

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Common Sense says

age 15+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 10 reviews

age 13+

Reflective

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.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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
age 16+

the most annoying "protagonist" ever

Ok, so i read this years ago and loved it. Just reread it because i have to read it with my juniors (yay springboard...not!) Sooo different this time around. chris mccandless bugged me so much. Seriously, why the angst and white people problems? I am anxious to see how my students take it. I mean some of them are homeless so the idea of connecting with a kid who gave away his college money, abandoned his family and went to alaska in February is absurd. Happiness isnt that complicated. Totally inappropriate for readers who do not understand the quest for self realization.

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Educational value
age 14+

Not a kid's book!!!

I read this book and so did my son. It was great!!!! Drug content and Language with some violence. Little sexual content.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Wonderful book as well as a WONDERFUL movie

I really liked the book. Jon Krakauer is an excellent author who did lots of research to do this book. I liked the book and allowed for my daughter to read it as well. I felt that people who like the book should watch the movie and that even if you didn't read the book that you should watch the movie.
age 17+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models