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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CURRENTLY READING: THE GIRLS


The Girls (a novel by Emma Cline) has been on every "must read book of the summer" that I've come across, along with being a New York Times bestseller. Obviously, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. The Girls is inspired by the story of the Manson famly (which you will most likely complete google searches on throughout the novel, seeing how true to the story everything is). 

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of the summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, reeling from the break up of her parents marriage, sees a group of girls in the park and is immediately caught by their freedom, 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.

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