Jon Krakauer’s novel Into the Wild is a classic story of youth, rebellion, and seeking meaning in one’s life. Frustrated by the banality of the life that appears to be destined for him following graduation from college, Christopher McCandless forsakes his family, friends, education, and money to seek countercultural experiences. McCandless sets off across the United States meeting a variety of characters along the way that give him new and fresh perspectives on life, love and happiness. His ultimate goal is to go to Alaska, and experience living in ‘the wild.’ However, once he has reached this goal he quickly learns that ‘the wild,’ while majestic, beautiful and peaceful, can be equally fierce, powerful and debilitating lonely. Older adolescents and adults alike will enjoy Into the Wild, as it speaks to both the far-reaching dreams and desires of youth, as well as the harsh realities of life.