I had such a love-hate relationship with this book, my book club’s November 2021 pick.
There were times when it drove me crazy, coming across as breathlessly self-centered and over-the-top. The countless references to “Let it burn” and “we can do hard things” were among the moments that just made me want to scream.
Other times, it was profound and poignant, sending me scrambling to capture a wise insight that I never want to forget. Her insight that “fine is another word for half-dead” was pretty spot on. I could also relate to the moment she “stopped being a quiet peacekeeper and started being a loud peacemaker.”
Ultimately, I think it’s worth a read. As almost every woman I’ve discussed this book with has said, there’s a takeaway in Untamed for everyone.
My takeaway: I hope to always carry Doyle’s insistent reminder to trust myself with me. I also appreciated her concept of family as the people who both hold and free you.