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After graduating from college, Jennifer isn t sure what she wants to do with her life She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, amile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine Though her friends and family think she s crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life She quickly discovers that thru hiking is harder than she had imagined coping with blisters and aching shoulders from thepound pack she carries sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru hike The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need


10 thoughts on “Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

  1. Katie Jean Katie Jean says:

    I cannot believe that there are notraw reviews of this book In the spirit of the author, here is my review I tried really hard to like this author and her story but at about halfway through I could not stand her at all She spends most of her time complaining about the people that she encounters on the trail and victimizes every situation that doesn t suit her She defines herself by her faith but acts with little compassion and respect and a better than you attitude Part of the story I cannot believe that there are notraw reviews of this book In the spirit of the author, here is my review I tried really hard to like this author and her story but at about halfway through I could not stand her at all She spends most of her time complaining about the people that she encounters on the trail and victimizes every situation that doesn t suit her She defines herself by her faith but acts with little compassion and respect and a better than you attitude Part of the story finds her, a grown woman, hiding in the bushes to avoid hiking with a man that she initially approached because she does not have the decency to simply tell him such Seriously Her trail journey starts out via her judging other s capability based upon their extroversion This book is not so much a novel but rather a pretentious girl s diary about her complaints on the trail I stopped reading at the point in which she encounters a suicide on the trail and goes on to be angry at the victim to have put her through something like that Attitudes like that absolutely disgust me The only thing that got me mostly through the book was an, Oh my god, what will she do next, view There is very little humility and depth going on in this book and I d like to think that she has matured in her second book but I doubt I ll give it a chance after being sucked in to her petty drama in this book


  2. Diane Diane says:

    I ve read numerous hiking memoirs and this is one of the weaker ones Jennifer has a good story hiking the Appalachian Trail solo when she was 21 but the writing was too florid and she had long digressions about her Christian faith and her relationship with God I also found her naivete frustrating She claimed she had been thinking about hiking the trail for years and had been preparing, so I had trouble believing that she didn t know she needed a water filter, or that she had to protect I ve read numerous hiking memoirs and this is one of the weaker ones Jennifer has a good story hiking the Appalachian Trail solo when she was 21 but the writing was too florid and she had long digressions about her Christian faith and her relationship with God I also found her naivete frustrating She claimed she had been thinking about hiking the trail for years and had been preparing, so I had trouble believing that she didn t know she needed a water filter, or that she had to protect her food from bears, or that there would be mice in the trail shelters Girl, I haven t walked a foot of the trail and even I know that stuff She was either pretending to be stupid to gain sympathy or she really is that dense regardless of which one, it was annoying.However, once I got past her early fumblings and skimmed the God passages, I enjoyed reading about her adventures along the trail The last chapter mentions that a few years after her first AT hike, she set the women s record for hiking it She also went on to do other long distance hikes, including the Pacific Crest and Colorado trails Despite my complaints about the writing, Jennifer s story about how she became the hiker she is today is inspiring


  3. Ringo Ringo says:

    The author strikes me as one of those hypocrite Christians constantly talking about how much she s into God and then a paragraph later criticizing someone else for well pretty much anything and everything This girl has a serious problem with being a judgmental prude She also makes fun of other people s religious choices I am usually uplifted by AT thru hike accounts This book left me with a sour taste in my mouth I guess the author never heard the mantra hike your own hike because The author strikes me as one of those hypocrite Christians constantly talking about how much she s into God and then a paragraph later criticizing someone else for well pretty much anything and everything This girl has a serious problem with being a judgmental prude She also makes fun of other people s religious choices I am usually uplifted by AT thru hike accounts This book left me with a sour taste in my mouth I guess the author never heard the mantra hike your own hike because she sure thought that hers was the way to do it and said snarky awful things about others


  4. Shannon Shannon says:

    As an incredible athlete and an honest writer, I have respect for Davis Her hiking ability is unrivaled and the attention to detail in this story impressive Moreover, the presentation of a female perspective the depiction of the special difficulty women have in attempting to assure their own safety alone in a situation like the AT is important I m not sure that I could complete a thru hike at all, never mind doing so at half her rate However, I have to side with those who find this story, As an incredible athlete and an honest writer, I have respect for Davis Her hiking ability is unrivaled and the attention to detail in this story impressive Moreover, the presentation of a female perspective the depiction of the special difficulty women have in attempting to assure their own safety alone in a situation like the AT is important I m not sure that I could complete a thru hike at all, never mind doing so at half her rate However, I have to side with those who find this story, as a book meant to inspire others and be inclusive in its scope, to be self involved and off putting in its accounting At the outset, despite being an agnostic myself, I found her religious openness refreshing If Christianity was an important part of her journey, it s vital that it be included in an honest autobiography, and it s her book, so it s her right However, the self righteous tone of her specific religious interjections were still distracting further along She speaks sanctimoniously of God s love for her to multiple people with no regard for the suffering they might have endured themselves and apparently no awareness of her privilege Her general judgment of those around her, only to often conclude with, essentially, oops dirty bearded man I was forced to trust was nice after all ain t God the best comes offnaive and self righteous than suits me She felt superior to those who didn t have the money, health, or time to thru hike with no awareness of how lucky she was to have that luxury Add this to the fact noted by others that she went without any knowledge of how to filter water or prepare for the unknown, etc, does not make her anypraiseworthy a protagonist than anyone else who s ever completed a difficult endurance challenge, AT speed record holder or not.Essentially I found her narrative somewhat intriguing due to my interest in the AT in general, but her voice distinctly unappealing


  5. Robyn Robyn says:

    I just started this book and was in tears in 5 minutes Mostly because the topic is so close to my heart a woman s journey on the Appalachian Trail I just finished my 2nd hike on the AT in early September and already feel the pull to return I love the way Jen describes her initial excitement and fears She s clear about her mistakes and learning curves So far, her descriptions are spot on It s a difficult read for me because I miss the trail so much it is such a part of my being and histo I just started this book and was in tears in 5 minutes Mostly because the topic is so close to my heart a woman s journey on the Appalachian Trail I just finished my 2nd hike on the AT in early September and already feel the pull to return I love the way Jen describes her initial excitement and fears She s clear about her mistakes and learning curves So far, her descriptions are spot on It s a difficult read for me because I miss the trail so much it is such a part of my being and history Now I need to be settled and doing other things but I feel I m always planning how I can do another hike For now, I will live vicariously through someone else s experience Next day won and done This was an easy read but mostly because, like the AT, I was compelled to keep moving I started it last night and finished it this morning I cried in the beginning excited and completely relating to Jen s anticipation and I cried when it ended I wanted to immediately pack my pack and head east Again for the billionth time shed my things and pursue the life of aesthetic simplicity Jen nails it she describes the pain, the euphoria, the trepidation, the exhaustion and the ultimate joy It s all here The beauty of my life is that former thru hikers will always have the trail experience in their heart We can always return


  6. Thomas Thomas says:

    The author is the National Geographic Hiker of the Year Award for 2012, the current speed record holder for thru hiking Appalachain Trail 2011 , and a compelling writer I could not put the book down, and read it in one day How is it that this book isn twidely read How can it be that this book is absent on bookshelves in stores, while Wild , Cheryl Strayed s account of a partial 1100 mile hike from 1995 on the Pacific Crest Trail is now known by practically everyone in America It s got The author is the National Geographic Hiker of the Year Award for 2012, the current speed record holder for thru hiking Appalachain Trail 2011 , and a compelling writer I could not put the book down, and read it in one day How is it that this book isn twidely read How can it be that this book is absent on bookshelves in stores, while Wild , Cheryl Strayed s account of a partial 1100 mile hike from 1995 on the Pacific Crest Trail is now known by practically everyone in America It s got to be politics and marketing I first heard about Wild sometime early in 2012, in a brief paragraph in Outside Magazine, focused on the fact that Knopf was publishing an initial 100,000 hardbound copies of the 26 book They questioned how a book about hiking could be interesting, suggesting that they may not have even read it themselves How could they I scooted over toto look at the book, and check it out, where I learned that the book had not even been released to the pubic I didn t rate Wild very highly, because it wanted to read a book about backpacking, which doesn t appear in Wild until you ve reached page 100 My own Goodreads review of that book is here But enough with Wild, this is a much better book, a book that stands on its own as a personal account of what it is like to experience the Appalachian Trail, and also to grow up Jennifer Davis was a complete novice when she completed her first thru hike of the AT in 2005 At the time, she had never never slept alone, nor had she ever ate alone a restaurant She endured fardiscomfort than was necessary, due to her lack of knowledge about what to do out there Farr Davis is believable, you feel for her loneliness, discomfort, and her considerable triumph And to see what has become of her after her perseverance, visit her website at


  7. Laura Laura says:

    I was hoping for something comparable to Cheryl Strayed s great adventure on the West Coast Trail, and I was disappointed The details of the trail itself are fine, and Ms Pharr Davis struggles etc, but I disliked a central philosophy which seemed to underpin her decision to hike the Appalachian Trail that it s important to take on challenges in life and power through, and this is backed by a sort of Christian emphasis on put yourself out don t take the soft option in terms of your inter I was hoping for something comparable to Cheryl Strayed s great adventure on the West Coast Trail, and I was disappointed The details of the trail itself are fine, and Ms Pharr Davis struggles etc, but I disliked a central philosophy which seemed to underpin her decision to hike the Appalachian Trail that it s important to take on challenges in life and power through, and this is backed by a sort of Christian emphasis on put yourself out don t take the soft option in terms of your interactions with others Ok, that s fine but I think everyone is entitled to make up their own mind in how they develop and create their particular set of ethics, so basically it was a little preachy for me given that I was expecting a focus on Nature wildlife, scenery and the through hike experience Publishers you know they try and flog every possible Maybe it s like Strayed s Wild NO it isn t


  8. Jackie Jackie says:

    I enjoyed Wild so much that I went searching for similar books This is one woman s story of her first time on the Appalachian Trail I so admire the drive and physical ability to take something like this or the Pacific Coast Trail on I was exhausted reading of all the miles covered, especially the side trips into town over miles then trekking back to pick up the trail It was fascinating to learn of the shelters set up for thru hikers and sometimes the politics and annoyances when weekend hi I enjoyed Wild so much that I went searching for similar books This is one woman s story of her first time on the Appalachian Trail I so admire the drive and physical ability to take something like this or the Pacific Coast Trail on I was exhausted reading of all the miles covered, especially the side trips into town over miles then trekking back to pick up the trail It was fascinating to learn of the shelters set up for thru hikers and sometimes the politics and annoyances when weekend hikers would stop early in the day then spread their stuff all through the shelter leaving little room for others Jen struggled with the thought that thru hikers should be given priority but she maintained her cool and just asked for room for herself I loved hearing about the relationships, good and bad, with other hikers Some became great supportive friends while others didn t seem to understand the concept of wanting to hike alone This book inspired me to think about what sort of goal I could set for myself that would be even half as fulfilling Nothing has come to mind yet but hopefully I ll find something


  9. C C says:

    Jennifer Pharr Davis is like a superhero but better We are alike in some ways We are only a year apart in age We both spent part of 2005 in different areas of Maine But Jennifer is the superhero I couldn t imagine walking alone on the Appalachian Trail as a young female I once tried to walk a couple miles around a lake after having eaten only a couple donuts the entire day and didn t get very far As if I didn t think that was pathetic enough, imagine my shame when Jennifer hikes over 2,00 Jennifer Pharr Davis is like a superhero but better We are alike in some ways We are only a year apart in age We both spent part of 2005 in different areas of Maine But Jennifer is the superhero I couldn t imagine walking alone on the Appalachian Trail as a young female I once tried to walk a couple miles around a lake after having eaten only a couple donuts the entire day and didn t get very far As if I didn t think that was pathetic enough, imagine my shame when Jennifer hikes over 2,000 miles on a diet mostly consisting of junk food Candy bars Toaster pastries The way she withstands the black flies alone amazes me I ve had the experience of dealing with black flies in Maine They are ten times worse than mosquitoes Jennifer says she starts to fall apart because most of her gear is falling apart, but I believe it is really due to those pesky black flies.I have already read a memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail I was worried this book wouldn t be as good as Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods and maybe a bit redundant Bryson is hilarious which made his book a favorite Hilarity is here also in bits of Becoming Odyssa , maybe not as much as Bryson s book, but Becoming Odyssa is important for so many other reasons The humor is just a bonus Bryson may go on interesting tangents, but Jennifer s book is muchcourageous and inspirational Jennifer is the sort of person you wish all memoirs were based on I don t like reading memoirs about horrible people From her writing, Jennifer seems like a genuine, kindhearted, amazing person Her personality alone is something to aspire to Her writing style makes it seem like she is a friend telling you her experiences Jennifer goes through some tough stuff a creepy stalker, being hit by lightning, a thru hiker that reminded me of The Office s Dwight Schrute though hilarious on TV is not someone I would want to be walking the Appalachian Trail with One particular event Jennifer goes through is horrible and heartbreaking But when she is doing well on the trail, it is lovely to read You want to see her succeed on the trail And she goes above and beyond succeeding I really have nothing negative to say about this book It is definitely a new favorite in the memoir genre Becoming Odyssa should be read by armchair hikers, those who actually are hikers and would like to read another persons experience, those planning on hiking the Appalachian Trail and trying to find a primer on the topic beforehand, or really anyone who likes a great adventure


  10. Marla Marla says:

    Okay first off, it didn t take me almost a year to read this book I started it last year and got sidetracked with book club books and reviews I was trying to finish up So I started fresh after the first of the year.This is my first AT memoir and I thoroughly enjoyed it From the people Pharr Davis encountered to the situations in which she found herself, I was intrigued the entire way One of the first things I found after starting is that I wanted to visit this trail I m not a hiker, I ve Okay first off, it didn t take me almost a year to read this book I started it last year and got sidetracked with book club books and reviews I was trying to finish up So I started fresh after the first of the year.This is my first AT memoir and I thoroughly enjoyed it From the people Pharr Davis encountered to the situations in which she found herself, I was intrigued the entire way One of the first things I found after starting is that I wanted to visit this trail I m not a hiker, I ve never been a hiker, and I d probably make for a horrible hiker, but Pharr Davis brings the trail to life here and into perspective as well.The stark difference between our harried existence of today and the blissful, quiet of nature especially at the AT is mesmerizing Her descriptions of her lone segments made me hunger for the opportunity to experience such a beautiful place in complete silence No interruptions, no jumping from obligation to obligation, no littered, oily highways or sidewalksjust pure nature and all it has to offer.I ve read through some of the recent reviews and was surprised by some of the reactions to this book and the negativity shown towards the author because she wrote so much about her relationship with God and complained or whined a lot I enjoyed her reflection on her faith and her relationship with God I think that was one of the most defining portions, for her, on the journey As I would expect it would be of any Christian I also enjoyed the fact that she didn t handle all of the discomforts of the trail with a smiley, happy demeanor because let s be honest that would be total untruth Pharr Davis made it clear that she was uncomfortable and that she seriously contemplated quitting during the book She made it clear that this was not a recreational hike as did her mentor in the beginning of the book , but instead a trying, frustrating, mentally emotionally draining job.Had she treated her trials like she was running around with unicorns on rainbows it would have made for quite a different and less satisfying book.From someone who had no previous AT knowledge, has never really hiked a day in her life, and is the epitome of the busyness this world has created go read this book you will appreciate what it has to offer