November 22

Book Review – Gorge: My 300-Pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro by Kara Richardson Whitely

November 22, 2015

From Goodreads:
Kara knew she could reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She had done it once before. That’s why, when she failed in a second attempt, it brought her so low. Struggling with a food addiction and looking for ways to cope with feelings of failure and shame, Kara ballooned to 360 pounds. Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up. She resolved to climb the mountain again — and this time, she would reach the summit without waiting for her plus-sized status to disappear.

Gorge: My 300-Pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro is the raw story of Kara’s ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world. Her difficult but inspiring trek speaks to every woman who has struggled with her self-image or felt that food was controlling her life. Honest and unforgettable, Kara’s journey is one of intense passion, endurance, and self-acceptance. In Gorge, Kara shows that big women can do big things.

I was intrigued with this book when I first heard about it, and then it caught my eye at the library. When I saw that Cheryl Strayed highly recommended it (and I seriously love all things Cheryl Strayed), I decided to pick it up for Nonfiction November. Here are my thoughts after finishing:

On the Plus Side:

  • Kara bares her soul throughout the novel – the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can learn so much when someone shares the depths of her struggles with you.
  • I have always loved the idea of an extreme physical challenge to transform your life in some way. There’s something about digging deep within yourself to discover how truly strong you are that is unbelievably inspiring to me.
  • You will learn about different ways of traveling up Kilimanjaro, the number of people involved in the effort, some of the preparations required, the challenges of high altitude climbing, and more. Not only will you be inspired, but you will learn a great deal in the process.

On the Minus Side:

As I’m typing this review, I really cannot recall a negative. This may not be my favorite read of all time, but it definitely drew me in and kept me engaged the entire time.

Have you read Gorge? What did you think? Are there any other books that you would recommend that feature someone that takes on an inspiring physical challenge?

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Posted November 22, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review


  1. By Katie @ Doing Dewey on

    I haven’t read any books like this, including Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, so I should probably give one a chance to see if this type of memoir works for me too! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one :)


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