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  • Word Count: 79,808
  • Average reading time: 006:39:00
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • Categories: Fiction & Literature
  • File Size: 817.49 KB
  • Format: ePUB
  • Language: English
  • Released: June 14, 2016
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House
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Kathy Fuchs's Review

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  • The Girls by Emma Cline is going to be a blockbuster of a book! She captures time and relationships exquisitely well, while maintaining a thread of building suspense throughout. Young Evie Boyd is 14 years old the summer of the late 1960's when she meets and becomes intrigued with a group of older girls in the park. Evie's parents are divorced - her mom is driving her nuts, her father is busy with his new wife and doesn't have time for Evie. Where does she fit in? Where does she belong? Taken with these girls, their sense of freedom and independence, and with a crush on one of them, Suzanne, Evie talks her way into becoming a tag-along member of the group. They take her out to the ranch where they live a cult-like existence under the leadership of charismatic Russell. Evie is both aghast and awed at the way they live, yet still wants to prove herself to these people, soon stealing, and having sex on demand as a way to fit in with them. Suzanne isn't sure that she wants Evie to become involved with the group, and tries to protect her in many ways from their tightening grasp and escalating activites. Evie must decide where her loyalties and her future lay, and what she is willing to do to fit in.

    The cult, of course, is based on the Manson family, so most readers know where the story is headed - it's a matter of wondering if Evie will be one of the girls involved. Cline does an admirable job of focusing on the relationships of the girls, their interactions and reactions, and how they are led along (brainwashed?) by Russell. The pages turn themselves as the suspense escalates. An excellent read - I highly recommend it! Cannot believe this is a debut novel for the author. You can bet I'll be looking forward to her upcoming books!!

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review



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THE INSTANT BESTSELLER • An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • NPR • The Guardian • Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Financial Times • Esquire • Newsweek • Vogue • Glamour • People • The Huffington Post • Elle • Harper’s Bazaar • Time Out • BookPage • Publishers Weekly • Slate

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.

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award • Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • Emma Cline—One of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Praise for The Girls

“Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate.”—Lena Dunham

“Spellbinding . . . a seductive and arresting coming-of-age story.”The New York Times Book Review

“Extraordinary . . . Debut novels like this are rare, indeed.”The Washington Post

“Hypnotic.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Gorgeous.”—Los Angeles Times

“Savage.”—The Guardian

“Astonishing.”—The Boston Globe

“Superbly written.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

“Intensely consuming.”—Richard Ford

“A spectacular achievement.”—Lucy Atkins, The Times

“Thrilling.”—Jennifer Egan

“Compelling and startling.”—The Economist

“Elegant and nostalgic.”—Julie Beck, The Atlantic

“Masterful . . . In the cult dynamic, Cline has seen something universal—emotions, appetites, and regular human needs warped way out of proportion—and in her novel she’s converted a quintessentially ’60s story into something timeless.”—Christian Lorentzen, New York

Released: June 14, 2016

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