“The Girls” by Emma Cline | BOOK REVIEW

The Girls by Emma Cline follows the recollections of Evie Boyd’s adolescent summer adventures– not laying around on a beach with her girlfriends or adventuring through summer camp, but getting looped into a cult. She’s absolutely mesmerized by the older girls (specifically one beautiful woman named Suzanne) and the way they live carefree and exotically. They accept her, unlike her family and the peers in her small town. But little does young Evie know that this cult will soon become infamous for an act of outrageous violence.

I had pretty high expectations for this book– I’d been hearing some pretty stellar advanced reviews for the book and was completely mesmerized by the description. The writing was absolutely phenomenal– the way that Cline taps into the psychological manipulation of cult behavior and living as an adult after such trauma was breathtaking and realistic. Major props! That being said, the story in and of itself simply wasn’t for me. It made me squirm– there’s something about the lack of acknowledgement of the sexual and psychological abuse that this girl endured that made my heart hurt. It took me a while to get through the book for that reason. The storyline in and of itself was intriguing, but the fact that this abuse was just left there and not acknowledged was painful as a reader. It may be better suited for other types of readers– but not my cup of tea. I do, however, have major envy for this writing! Beautiful!

3.5 stars.

The Girls just came out on Tuesday. Don’t forget to grab your copy!
Note: I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher for review.

2 thoughts on ““The Girls” by Emma Cline | BOOK REVIEW

  1. jenp27 says:

    I didn’t love the book so I liked reading your review since every other review I’ve read has been a 5-star review. I gave it 3 stars although probably for slightly different reasons.

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