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
ISBN9780812998603
Author
Release DateJun 14th, 2016
PublisherRandom House
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult
Rating

Reviews The Girls

  • Justin
    2016-06-23
    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
    2016-03-05
    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
    2016-03-29
    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...
  • Jessica
    2016-05-19
    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...
  • Katie
    2016-06-14
    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...
  • Maxwell
    2016-07-14
    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 ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2016-04-13
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/WARNING: 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...
  • Deanna
    2016-07-20
    3.5 Stars!!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...
  • Elyse
    2016-02-22
    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...