Goodreads Monday ~ The Girls

goodreads-mondayGoodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

The Girls
By Emma Cline
Publisher: Random House
ISBN13: 9780812998603
Pages: 355
Genre: Adult Fiction/Historical


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.

The Girls has been on my TBR since well before its initial release date. I openly admit to a deep fascination when it comes to stories centered around cults and/or the influences of. For myself it is mainly due to my intrigue with the human psych. I have hesitated to pick this one up though after seeing several very negative and mixed reviews. Have you read this? Would you recommend it?

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66 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday ~ The Girls

  1. I read this last year and found it fascinating. I am also intrigued by the psychology behind cults, and I thought this provided an interesting perspective, especially because it blends with feeling out of sorts as a young girl. It is a bit of a slow read, though, but the writing is so beautiful that I didn’t mind that small flaw. Apologies for the mini essay, I just love this book. Would definitely recommend it. 🙂

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      1. So I’m still in the early stages of the book, I stopped at a place where an old man, the guy in charge, engaged the narrator in a sexual way and it didn’t just seat well with me so I couldn’t go on reading it

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      1. It didn’t bother me all that much when I was younger, but as I get older the more it gets to me. I used to help with special effects on local horror films and my exe’s line was always, “You should meet my fiancée, she can make a mean rotting corpse.” I must have sounded lovely to strangers. Ugh. 😛

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  2. I read it, and loved it! In fact it made my end of the year Best Of last year. It’s not overly sensational – it’s more of an examination of why young people, in this case, girls, can be attracted to cults, and how groups can lead people to behave in ways they wouldn’t have dreamed of before joining. That might make it sound a little dull, but the characterisation is so strong that it’s a fascinating read. Get it off that TBR now and get reading! 😉

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  3. I’ve seen this around, but I never knew it was about cults. :O The whole mixed reviews thing is saddly turning me off though. This definitely got me hungry for some cult-related stories. Helter Skelter has been on my TBR for quite some time too though. Maybe I should fish for that first. 😛

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  4. I have seen this one around SO much, and yet still I had no clue what it was about before I read your post 😀 this intrigues me, didn’t know this was the topic. What did the bad reviews say though? Too violent? Too..?

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  5. I still have to read this one as well! Like you I added it to my TBR a long time ago, but wasn’t sure whether to pick it up after seeing a lot of mixed reviews… It does sound like an intriguing story though.

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  6. I definitely would encourage you to read this if you have a chance. I’d love to hear your opinions. I read a few pages at the library, and well, I don’t think this book is for me. Which is a shame since the content sounds fascinating. I just couldn’t get into the writing style. But, we like different styles and genres. So maybe you’ll adore it? Here’s hoping!

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  7. So I read this book last year and had mixed feelings. I thought the portrayal of cult culture was on point and I had a pit in my stomach the entire time I was reading. HOWEVER the author’s writing style felt a little forced, and the ending was a bit anticlimactic… I would still say to give it a go, as I’ve had many blogger friends who LOVED it. It was just ok for me.

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    1. I think I remember seeing your review. I am tempted to revisit but trying to refrain from allowing myself to read anymore reviews until after I read it haha. I am very curious to see how I will fair with it since I love cult culture so much. Is it wrong to say that 😛


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