The Girls by Emma Cline
Published June 14th, 2016
This book has been on so many lists for 2016 and it’s been on my radar for a long time! So when I was at the public library a couple of weeks ago, and I saw it, I jumped and grabbed it! The following is the summary from Goodreads
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.
My initial thoughts when reading the summary was NOPE. Won’t like that, sounds weird, not something I can relate to, PASS. Well, I’m thrilled that I didn’t pass on this book. I could have flown through it in a day! It is written very fast paced, and the writing style is very engaging. I won’t throw any spoilers into my review, but once I hit the last 75-100 pages I was racing to get to the end. There are some sex and drug references throughout, which might be disturbing to some people to read so be warned. However, I personally felt that it was all tastefully done and accurate to what I know of that time period and location. Emma Cline does a brilliant job of capturing the angsty teen-age girl mindset of wanting to be accepted but having zero clue how to do that. The relationship between Evie and her mom was a little unbelievable at times, but I suppose could have been possible. The ‘cult’members are written very well – and as an outsider you will see what they miss as characters and I personally loved that.
Was this the best fiction book I have ever read?? No. I say that, and I don’t personally feel that that takes away from the book at all. There were relationships that I felt weren’t very true to life, but I could also see where and why the author wrote them this way.
Would I recommend this book? Overall, yes I would recommend this book. It is a fast-paced read with a somewhat unique plot. As I stated, it’s not the best fiction book I have ever read but if you pick this up, I don’t think you will be disappointed!
My rating: 3/5 stars.
**This review is my own personal, opinion**