The Girls by Emma Cline
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.