The Girls by Emma Cline
• June 14, 2016 • Random House • Traded with Leah
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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.
First sentence: “I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.”
The Girls is…a wild trip.
Ever wonder what it’s like to get a perfect portrayal of the desperation, desire, and vulnerability that a teenager girl feels? The Girls introduces you to Evie Boyd, a fourteen year old girl living in Northern California during 1969, who yearns for the carelessness and companionship that she sees other girls having. Evie becomes infatuated by the long-haired older girl, Suzanne, who exudes every trait and personality Evie lacks and wants for herself, and joins a cult (think Charles Manson), throwing her into a world that is miles away from what she’s used to.
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