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As she notes early on, Jagger wants to break out: “But what I didn’t know at the time was that becoming one’s best and being one’s bravest involves cracking open. It means shattering most, if not all of ourselves.” Life has trapped her. She, like many in her age group, opts not to sit through it, but rather to hit the reboot button. While her story lacks the typical deep seeded physical and psychological pain that such journey pieces often follow, Jagger is able to paint the absolute ennui of young adulthood. The expectations of the house and job and marriage and kids—the roots—suffocate her and force her to find a new meaning. The fact that she chooses snow and lives a privileged life in doing so does not detract from her overall message. She wants to find something more and to help her reader understand what such a journey entails.
In detail, the narrative reads rather easily. Jagger has a positive, chirpy prose full of metaphor and pop culture references. She is honest, detailed when she needs to be, and while she hits on the personal details, she is quick to do so only to the extent to let her reader understand what is going on. She also knows this journey is her choice: there are not drugs, deaths, or heartaches forcing it on her: “No one was forcing any of this on me. I didn’t have the right to call any of it difficult.” But it was difficult, anything worth doing is, and Jagger allows the reader to understand this fact with each and every passing page.