I read this book when I was a boy, loved it, and still love it now. The ups and downs that Brian learns throughout the story really helps the reader connect with him. I kept imagining what I would do if I was in Brian's situation. Sometimes I think it would be fun to be lost in the wilderness and see if I could survive, but Brian's adventure gives you a good idea about the harsh realities that come with being alone in the wild. Alone.
P.S. - I watched the made-for-tv movie made called "A Cry in the Wild". In my opinion, it did not do the book justice and missed the character development that was the best part of the story.