The Girls by Emma Cline

Updated on June 13, 2017

I am in awe of Emma Cline’s writing. This is one of the best debuts I have ever read. This is a book that makes you uncomfortable; makes you hold your breath, makes you feel like you’re holding a secret or watching something you know you shouldn’t be. It was provocative, interesting and kept me up until the sunrise with sweaty palms.

This is a coming-of-age story set in California during the 1960's. The story focuses on a young girl as she is lured and succumbed by a cult, which becomes one of the most well-known cults in history.

The fictional re-telling that follows the story of the girls who followed the infamous Charles Manson is beautifully written and sheds a different light on the spark that began the Manson Murders.

This book made me, as a young woman, feel so many things that are necessary to talk about…yet almost impossible to in society today. And that’s the thing about this book. It’s not just a re-telling of the infamous Manson Murders - no, it’s about girls, young and old and conveys what it’s truly like growing up as a young woman, ( feeling incredibly alone in the world) and how easy it is to succumb to something just to satiate a longing of being defined.

Not once, did this book lag for me. Every word, every sentence is pertinent to the story. Cline’s writing is so compelling that I fell in love with the characters the way Evie did, seeing what she saw in them through the picture that Cline plaints.

Although, at times, this book was disturbing; it was meant to be. The crime in history was one that shook the nation and seeing it from the eyes of a young girl, drunk with friendship and secure with a place she believed she belonged in; made me wonder if I myself would have run away from home, or even became a part of this cult, which was filled with hope and promise (all false, of course.)

Even if you’re not a crime nut like myself, this book is relatable to all women and writes of what it’s like to endure in a world filled with men. I would recommend this novel to almost anyone whose old enough to handle a few sex scenes and a mild re-telling of how the murders were ultimately pulled off.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this novel through NetGalley for an exchange of an honest review. This did not affect my rating.

Seriously, put this one on your wishlist because it is a masterpiece.

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The Author

 She has been featured in The Paris Review and Tin House. (I would recommend her short story Marion.)
She has been featured in The Paris Review and Tin House. (I would recommend her short story Marion.) | Source

Emma Cline discuss her debut novel

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