The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls

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, thei...

Details The Girls

TitleThe Girls
Release DateJun 14th, 2016
PublisherRandom House
Number of pages355 pages
GenreFiction, Historical Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Girls

  • Justin
    I'm turning a corner here, Goodreaders. The old me would rate this book two stars and spend some time telling you how awful the book is and all the reasons I couldn't stand it, etc. But, that's the old me. I'm turning a corner. Turning over a new leaf. Doing a 180. Whatever. At least for this review. People I know, love, and respect really, really like this book. I completely get it, too. I absolutely understand how you could read this book and t...
  • Debbie
    Holy moly, I LOVED this one! My first 5-star book this year!I'm a sucker for a female narrator talking about what she had to have, what she didn't get, what she really meant, what she should have done. I like all that talking in the head. I make it sound sort of light and funny but there is nothing light or funny about 14-year-old Evie. She seems to be living a typically boring life when she sees a girl in the park…and an obsession begins. Her ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I’m going to admit that this book was way deeper and more intellectual than I initially expected it to be. For some reason I was thinking this would be a thriller or mystery of sorts, and I guess it was in some aspects, but it was so much more than that and I’m really glad I was wrong about this one. I had a difficult time believing this was a debut novel as it was so well written; I can see why Random House has pegged this as one of their to...
  • Maxwell
    The Girls is definitely the "it" book of the summer. Everyone's talking about it. Rumor has it the debut author got a $2 million advance. It's edgy and risqué and unapologetic. Maybe the hype killed it for other people. And maybe their dislike of it saved me from going in with high expectations. Because I ended up really enjoying this one. The writing is superb. There's no doubt that Emma Cline can set a scene really well. And the narration has ...
  • Deanna
    I really enjoyed this book by Emma Cline. I wasn't sure when I picked it up what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is my second try at reviewing this after accidentally deleting everything I had typed. I almost always type in a document. Then I can save if I have to go do something else or accidentally hit the backspace button (which I'm constantly doing). Oh well, it happens. Now let's try this again....It's the start of summer in ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS ZERO WORTHWHILE CONTENT AND ALSO MAYBE A SPOILER. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.Tons of my friends received an ARC of The Girls and my feed has been filled for months with updates/reviews detailing all of the awesome they were all experiencing . . . Thanks for the warm welcome, John McClane, but I have a feeling you (along with everyone else) will soon be changing...
  • Katie
    As I’m sure everyone knows The Girls is about (despite disclaimers) the Manson murders. Personally I think this would have been a better novel (though probably a less commercially successful one) had she invented her own cult because Cline always seemed to me, understandably, out of her depth when dealing with the inner springs of the Manson cult. It was an odd choice to base this novel so closely on the Manson cult and yet at the same time coy...
  • Elyse
    Seductive from the start...mesmerizing writing and storytelling!!!!At 14, Evie's parents have recently divorced. Her father has a new girlfriend, and her mother is dating a variety of men. Early into the story, she remembers a cocktail party her parents had thrown, ( the year before they split). The guests were her father's friends mostly. Her mother wasn't very social and hovered around the buffet table trying desperately to seek approval for th...
  • Jessica
    Two stars might be a little harsh? Should I give it three? I don't know, I'm on the fence, maybe I'm just feeling burned by all the hype surrounding this book. Its $2 million dollar price tag built the hype, and I really did look forward to reading it. I was so excited to get approved on Netgalley. It just did nothing for me, for two reasons:1. It's really overwritten. There are a few turns of phrase, but Cline really overdoes it. She uses the ve...
  • Karen
    Great book. Took me right back to 1969. Evie was 14, I was 11, and I had a lot of the same stuff going on at home as she did. Her home life, and I think her loss of her best friend sent her searching for the feelings of inclusiveness, etc. that she found with this clan in the in the park and then onto the ranch. This was based loosely on The Manson clan. Evie tells her story from 1969 and from today as an adult. Another great debut novel..
  • Delee
    1969 California- It was the end of the sixties, or the summer before the end, and that's what it seemed like, an endless, formless summer.14-year-old Evie is bored and disillusioned with her life. She has recently had a falling out with her only friend Connie, and her parents have decided to part ways. As luck would have it her grandmother left behind money from her Hollywood starlet days...and Evie's loopy, hippy, mother is able to live well bec...
  • Stephanie
    3 stars. Coming of age story mainly set in 1969 CA with a cult twist.Evie is struggling to understand how she fits in with the world and is dealing with her parent's recent divorce and her mother's dating. Then, she gets in an argument with her best friend and has nobody to turn to or spend time with. Along comes Suzanne and a busload of her cult group and they drive off to the ranch (a la Charles Manson). I don't want to spoil the plot for anyon...
  • Carol
    3.5 StarsA middle-aged Evie Boyd flashes back on her young tumultuous life in the late 1960's as this story commences. She recalls how easy it seemed for her, a lonely, naive and vulnerable 14 year old to leave her divorced parents behind (off and on) and join up with the amorphous group on "the ranch". Not knowing to be wary of these misguided people and so hungry for affection and attention, Evie quickly becomes obsessed with the dark-haired Su...
  • Kelli
    Whaaaaaat happened?! Everybody loves this book. EV-ERY-BO-DY...except me, apparently. I waited a little over a week to write this review and I can add forgettable to the list of adjectives I would use to describe this. Though quite well-written, the story really lost momentum and felt unoriginal. I was bored and pretty grossed out. 2 stars.
  • Jen
    Be prepared to be disturbed.It's 1969 - a cultural revolution is taking place involving drugs, sex, free love and rock n roll. It's also a dark period when a charismatic Charles Manson lures in young girls who are desperately seeking attention and wanting to feel part of something, as warped as it may be, into a brainwashed world of deceit, poverty, sex, drugs and murder.Evie, now in her 50's, is reflecting back on the days when she was 14 and be...
  • Emma Giordano
    4.5 Stars! I'm working on notes for a video review right now because I LOVED this book!May add some of my thoughts here later.
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Damn, this is a great book. (I'm using several quotes from the book just because this Emma Cline can write her ass off.)Evie Boyd, is fourteen years old in the sixties. Her parents recently divorced and her dad is living in a small apartment with a much younger woman and her mom is trying out finding herself and trying out for a new husband. So Evie disagrees with her best friend and is just lost. Until she meets Suzanne. Suzanne is cool and othe...
  • Melanie
    “I don’t know which is more amazing, Emma Cline’s understanding of human beings or her mastery of language.”—Mark Haddon, New York Times bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeI don't want to be here...But this is so well written...But I really don't want to be here.But this is so incredibly well written.This was roughly the ongoing internal dialogue taking place in my head while reading "The Girls".I hav...
  • Esil
    A very solid 4 stars. The Girls is loosely based on the Charles Manson cult group and murders in the US in 1969. The story is told from Evie's perspective in two timelines -- at age 14 when she collided with the group and in her later adult years as she thinks back on that part of her life. Emma Cline -- a debut novelist -- does a great job getting into Evie's head -- depicting what could possibly attract a 14 year old to such a squalid and miser...
  • Dan Schwent
    When Evie Boyd's parents get divorced, she falls in with a bad group of girls, all following a would-be musician named Russel. Evie finds herself drawn to their lifestyle of living free and doing drugs, and particularly finds herself drawn to Suzanne. Will Evie come to her senses before she goes down a road she can never come back from?The Girls is a story inspired by the infamous murder of Sharon Tate by followers of Charles Manson. Instead of a...
  • Wayne Barrett
    "Connie studied me with cold wonder, like I'd betrayed her, and maybe I had. I'd done what we were not supposed to do. Illuminated a slice of private weakness, exposed the twitchy rabbit heart."When I first saw a review for this book I thought it was about The Charles Manson Family. It is not, but in essence, it is almost exactly the same story. Only names have been altered and events slightly altered as well. Still, it piqued my interest enough ...
  • Dannii Elle
    I received this book on a read to review basis from NetGalley. Thanks to the author, Emma Cline, and the publisher, Random House, for this opportunity.This is historical fiction at its finest! This book aroused not just a keen sense of character and setting with its evocative imagery and poignant writing, but an entire era; an entire generation of people that are now almost lost to the world!This is the story of the dark underworld of the 'swingi...
  • Jan
    Damn! This book is truly in a class of it's own-grabbed me right from the start and didn't let go until the last page was devoured.Emma Cline did something that few authors can do: She completely transported me to a time and place that I thought I knew about, but obviously didn't have a clue...Just read some of the descriptive ways Cline was able to paint her pictures, get you to feel what the era was like back then.-'There it was again, their wo...
  • Jennifer
    The Girls is a standalone literary/historical fiction novel written by Emma Cline. This is her debut and it is incredible. This book...I got it and it got me. The writing, the absolute spot on way she shows how it feels to be an adolescent girl - the exhausting intensity of it all, the incessant need for validation and to belong, the 1960's and it's reputation for extremes. It's so well-done. This dark coming-of-age story is told in the past/pres...
  • Larry Hoffer
    Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House for making it available!There are times in our lives when we feel a powerful need to belong, to be part of something we view as bigger and more important than us. We are desperate to feel a kinship, perhaps even a spark of attraction, and these feelings are what make us feel special, make us feel wo...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I started this book and found myself putting it aside for other reads pretty frequently. I think if it had just been a library book I would have returned it without finishing but I paid money for this! So I went ahead and finished.This is one of the hyped books of summer, and was my June pick for the Book of the Month subscription service that I decided to do for three months (and won't probably be renewing). I found it to be more of a light summ...
  • Councillor
    The Girls is another one of those books which joins a long row of novels published during the last few years which insert the word girl in their titles and turn into more or less instant successes. (Just for the sake of thoroughness, let me point out Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Shanghai Girls, The Good Girl, Twenties Girl, Pretty Girls, The Girl with All the Gifts, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Luckiest Gi...
  • Ron Charles
    The hubbub around “The Girls” threatens to trample what’s so deeply affecting about it.The noise started in 2014 when an unknown 25-year-old writer named Emma Cline sold her debut novel about the Manson family murders for a reported $2 million as part of a three-book deal.It’s not about the money, of course. Except that it is.An advance that kooky along with a subject that sensational virtually guarantees at-home features (A garden shed i...