The Girls by Emma Cline
Published on June 14, 2016 by Random House
Genres Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Cult
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The Girls follows the main character of 14 year old Evie Boyd, during the summer of 1969 in Northern California. At the beginning of the summer, we find Evie, lonely and bored, doing the same old thing with her best friend Connie. One day, alone in the park, she sees a group of girls and is immediately drawn to their careless dress and their sense of freedom and abandon. A few days later when Evie meets one of the girls, 19 year old Suzanne, she becomes mesmerized by the older girl and is drawn into the circle of a soon to be infamous cult and it’s leader, Russel. Suzanne takes Evie to their run down ranch in the hills and she immediately begins to feel accepted and loved, both things she has been desperate to find. Evie begins spending more time at the ranch and less time at home with her mother. Her obsession with Suzanne continues to grow and as it does, the more desperate she is to stay at the ranch and away from home, even as the conditions deteriorate and group steps closer to unspeakable violence.
This book! I was so excited when Random House sent me an advanced reading copy because I have been very excited about reading this book. This book is labeled as historical fiction, as it is based around Charles Manson, the Manson Family and the events that occurred in 1969. There has been a lot of hype about this book and for good reason. Cline’s writing is fantastic and so descriptive that I could picture every place, person and moment in this book. We get to know Evie, as well as the inner workings of not only herself, but her life at home. You can see how she changes from a self-conscious teenager to a very empowered (in this case, not a good thing) teenager during that summer. The inner workings of Evie are something that almost all teenage girls can relate to and why it was so easy for Suzanne and Russel to pull her into their circle. This books fascinated me and I read in 2 sittings. This book does contain a lot of drug use, but it is accurate to not only the time period, but the historical event this story is based on. The story is told from Evie’s point of view and although mostly told during the summer of 1969, it does begin during the present, when Evie is middle aged and flip back to that summer. There were only a few chapters that occurred during the present, while most are during the summer of 1969. I highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who enjoy historical/cult fiction. I have a hard time labeling this book. I know it is historical fiction, but for anyone who has read books or watched documentaries about Charles Manson and the Manson family, it is very similar. So put this on your TBR list immediately, it is being released on June 14 or pre-order it, you won’t regret it. Thank you to Random House for the advanced reading copy, happy reading!