While I loved the concept of Wild , I was left sorely disappointed after forcing myself to finish it Unbound finally quenched that thirst I was left with, to live vicariously through someone brave enough to embark on a crazy adventure all while discovering and learning things about themselves most are never able to learn in a lifetime Steph Jagger s humor combined with brutal honesty was the perfect mixture to keep me up until the wee hours of the night to read just one page Her portrayal of the people she met and places she visited made me feel like I was actually there, taking everything in right beside her It s very refreshing to find a book where the adventure did NOT initiate on a personal tragedy or crisis..because it means there is a lot less whining to endure throughout the pages. Love love loved this book and the way Steph Jagger writes it s honest, witty and completely captivating I literally could not put this book down Even though I m not a skier, it didn t matter because I loved reading about every aspect of Steph s journey and was right there with her as the mountains broke her down and put her right back together again. Good read Steph comes from a country I am deeply in love with Canada and definitely has that Canadian sense of humor, which I simply adore With lots of funny metaphors and few cursing words, she takes us on her ski adventure around the world Soon, her chase for yet another record and title becomes much Truth to be told, as someone who reads quite a lot of travel non fiction, I was super happy about a story of self discovery happening in the snow Very refreshing after heaps of books that come out every year whose authors ran away to the usually South East Asian beaches and did a bit of yoga to decide who they are Kudos to you, Steph, because chasing winter is so much harder than chasing summer Also, thank you for discovering Bariloche to me Argentina is now high on my list So is Jackson hole However, I decided not to give five stars Even though I love when personal stories and realizations compliment the travel story, I got pissed off at some point My first rolleye was when she was riding that lift with her dead grandfather Now, though I do believe that people who died stay with us, I really couldn t help myself with not liking the fact that her grandpa was there on that lift for an entire week Come on Every day of that week Next thing that irked me a bit was Chris whispering to her vagina So over the top Not because it is sexual but because I guess Chris can read minds or something Moment that was supposed to be too deep and I just couldn t help but feeling it was Well, fake And then though I like Chris, I swear I do that dream with Chris taking his hood of and then her stating it has been him, all her life that she was dreaming of, as he was walking towards her No No NO So unconvincing Sorry To conclude the whole thing yes, worth reading, but be vary of these few deep transcendent eatpraylove wearesodeep moments. A heady adventure that armchair skiiers and travelers will enjoy and that women will easily cheer on as they read Stephanie Jagger sets out to prove to her family and to herself that she is really one of them as tough, as driven, and as physically and mentally capable as any of the men, than equal to them Her plan is to ski 4 million feet downhill in a year, and in five continents She succeeds but changes in the process, finding her own self worth independent of her family. This was supposed to be the heir to Wild, which is one of my favorite books, and I suppose it is in flavor Steph Jagger s writing unfortunately doesn t have the profound, nuanced wisdom of a Cheryl Strayed or Elizabeth Gilbert however, her story and accomplishments are still quite compelling, and this will satisfy anyone looking for a book about adventure I didn t know a lot about mountain skiing before I read this book and I learned quite a bit about it by the end It s a brutal sport and one that requires an incredible amount of endurance There s also a seductive luxury to it no one can ski that way without a fair amount of money to access so that certainly beefs up the fantasy inherent in this book s plot The important lesson of Unbound of course is about the personal development Steph goes through by quitting her office job and her expectations of what her life is supposed to be , Steph learns a lot about who she really is, what she really wants, and especially about letting go of expectations and preconceived notions This is where her writing suffers a little I got the point but it felt a little trite the way these ideas were presented However it is clear that they are presented in earnest, and the point gets across This was an easy weekend read and would be good for a vacation book or a palatable break in between serious fare If you like inspiring stories of women who accomplish great feats, soul searching, or just general personal growth, Unbound is for you. I ve been looking for a book like Unbound for a long time There was something that Born to Run and Wild did for me that I couldn t find again until I read Unbound Life always seems like there is an order to things Graduate, get a job, get married, and have babies And although all of those are adventures, life is than that It s about discovering who you are, becoming who you were always meant to be, and living life freely Mainly, it s about achieving the ultimate goal being happy.Steph s passion for skiing is not something I would want to go for as far as a year long goal but it is inspiring I kind of understood how Steph had so many naysayers before she actually went on her trip around the world but I mainly thought, Why not Leaving everything behind to do something you love That s something everyone wants to get a chance at doing And maybe that s why people decide not to take the risks Steph made It just seems impossible There is too much to worry about But Steph s personality pushes against the norm and she takes the leap In Unbound, Steph s story challenges those who read it to push against the order that life mapped out for you the message of my generation was to dream big We were the little girls who were told we could go on to do anything and become anyone we wanted I found this to be confusing when I looked at the women around me, when I looked at my mother Were they dreaming big Were they doing anything and becoming anyone they wanted If you compared me to Steph you would see complete opposites When I was reading about how her mother used to be wild but she changed after she discovered rules and consequences, I thought that was me I have had this restraining device over me of what I can t and can t do That s what really made Unbound so relatable for me and I m sure it will feel the same way for others Steph s adventure into skiing around the world is filled with excitement, tears, stubbornness, and unexpectedly love The people she met, the places she skied, and the memories she made left me leaving satisfied and expecting out of myself The love part felt totally out of left field but I was dying to know what became of it Steph s personality could feel very like that one person who s always trying to win everything She could be competitive, strong, and honest but could also be vulnerable as she tries to discover where she fits into the world Although Steph is completely different from me, I enjoyed her perspective and how she took on the world Unbound is a story for those readers that want to go on a journey after finishing the last page For those who want to be inspired to take the leap they ve been waiting years to do or the one they just thought of yesterday. Finished this one today, and it was just ok I really liked Eat, Pray, Love and Wild and was hoping this would carry that theme, and it just didn t measure up in my humble opinion I believe she probably read one of those books or something and felt she should do a journey of her own but I really wasn t all that impressed with the story of her journey I m sure it was profound for her but to an outsider she just skied a lot and flaunted that she met a lot of rich people I also didn t relate to her saying she felt she had to act like a man to live in a man s world talk, and I work with ex military men I think she is misunderstanding being competitive with being a manly You can be competitive and still be a woman She gave no examples of where she felt she had to do this other than she felt she wasn t like her mother so she acted like her father It all felt very firstworldproblems that she didn t fit into her family so she had to leave it all to find herself She is not a strong writer so it was overloaded with unnecessary metaphors I m glad this journey helped her but I guess it would have helped to know about her actual life that she was escaping other than her family that she seemed to be living in the past Glad she enjoyed the journey, but not worthy of writing a book about it. A Young Woman Follows Winter Across Five Continents On A Physical And Spiritual Journey That Tests Her Body And Soul, In This Transformative Memoir, Full Of Heart And Courage, That Speaks To The Adventurousness In All Of UsSteph Jagger Had Always Been A Force Of Nature Dissatisfied With The Passive, Limited Roles She Saw For Women Growing Up, She Emulated The Men In Her Life Chasing Success, Climbing The Corporate Ladder, Ticking The Boxes, Playing By The Rules Of A Masculine Ideal She Was Accomplished She Was Living The Dream But It Wasn T Her DreamThen The Universe Caught Her Attention With A Sign Raise Restraining Device Steph Had Seen This Ski Lift Sign On Countless Occasions In The Past, But The Familiar Words Suddenly Became A Personal Call To Shake Off The Life She Had Built In A Search For Something Different, SomethingSteph Soon Decided To Walk Away From The Success And Security She Had Worked Long And Hard To Obtain She Quit Her Job, Took A Second Mortgage On Her House, Sold Everything Except Her Ski Equipment And Her Laptop, And Bought A Bundle Of Plane Tickets For The Next Year, She Followed Winter Across North And South America, Asia, Europe, And New Zealand And Up And Down The Mountains Of Nine Countries On A Mission To Ski Four Million Vertical Feet In A YearWhat Hiking Was For Cheryl Strayed, Skiing Became For Steph A Crucible In Which To Crack Open Her Life And Get To The Very Center Of Herself But She Would Have To Break Herself Down First Physically, Then Emotionally Before She Could Start To Rebuild And It Was Through This Journey That She Came To Understand How To Be A Woman, How To Love, And How To Live AuthenticallyElectrifying, Heartfelt, And Full Of Humor, Unbound Is Steph S Story An Odyssey Of Courage And Self Discovery That, Like Wild And Eat, Pray, Love, Will Inspire Readers To Remove Their Own Restraining Devices And Pursue The Life They Are Meant To Lead Loved this story of self exploration, travel and discovery with a nice helping of love story about a female skier who takes a trip around the world to ski a goal amount of mileage In the memoir, Jagger talks about her life of goals and her inner narrative that success and self worth are measured in the achievement of arbitrary goals we set because of the messages sent to us by family, society or our perfectionist selves Needless to say, she becomes Un Bound This is a good inspirational rom com in the ilk of Cheryl Strayed s Wild or Elizabeth Gilbert s Eat, Pray, Love I had been on a reading break and this book caught my attention and lit a page turning fire beneath me again. This was a wonderful book It was about the author discovering who she is through a ski trip following winter around the world The author felt that her life was good, but needed to bump things up another notch to challenge herself She chose to do this through following winter around the world and skiing 4,000,000 vertical miles The trip started out simple enough with some relatively easy hiccups Once the trip really got going she discovered that this trip was about so much than trying to ski 4,000,000 vertical miles This trip was actually about discovering who she is as a complete person warrior and goddess The writing is authentic and the pacing is great There is equal parts humor and honesty about what transpired during this momentous journey.
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- 304 pages
- Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery
- Steph Jagger
- 24 December 2017 Steph Jagger