The Girls, Emma Cline
Emma Cline

The Girls

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Girls — their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong — are at the heart of this stunning first novel for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. 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. Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction — and an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.
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Completely intriguing and entertaining. The Girls is the story of how such small moments can unleash such great tragedies.

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I really liked the book. Fantastic insight into the girls' mind and world. Sometimes I had a feeling that it's about me, my adolescence and youth. Of course I don't mean the parts about the cult, killings and drugs. I just mean that the world of a teenaged girl is described perfectly accurate.
The book also provides some internal logic to that violent killings made by the girls from the Manson family (The Tate murders) . Actually, I found out that the plot is partially based on that famous crime only after I'd finished reading and was browsing through some reviews on the Internet.

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All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you — the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.
That’s how badly people wanted it — to know that their lives had happened, that the person they once had been still existed inside of them.
Why would she care? She was lost in that deep and certain sense that there was nothing beyond her own experience. As if there were only one way things could go, the years leading you down a corridor to the room where your inevitable self waited — embryonic, ready to be revealed.
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