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Girls - their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong - are at the heart of this stunning first novel for audiences of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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.

Emma Cline's remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction - and an indelible portrait of girls and of the women they become.

©2016 Emma Cline (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critiques

" The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novel - imposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time." (Richard Ford)
"Emma Cline's first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. The Girls announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction." (Jennifer Egan)
"I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language." (Mark Haddon, New York Times best-selling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

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  • Wendi
  • 11/09/2016

One of the Most Boring Listens..Ever

I was very excited about the hype with 'The Girls' by Emma Cline. After all, the book was plastered all over the internet and was advertised in my Facebook feed every fourth post. I find stories about people who join cults absolutely fascinating. The 'why' they do it and the psychology behind the leadership of the cult have always been interesting in my opinion. When I found out the Cline's book was about a woman who lived with a cult leader in the seventies, my curiousity was piqued.

Evie is a young impressionable girl who's mother chooses men over her teenage daughter. She is a the prime candidate to get involved with a group of people who pretend to accept her, care for her, and love her- all with ulterior motives. The book starts out fairly well- and I was hooked on Evie's teenage character because I wanted to see what would happen to her once she joined the cult and became lost in the craziness (for lack of a better word).

The problem is two fold. The book tells the story of Evie two ways- before the induction into the cult and far after- so a childhood perspective and then an adult perspective. This in itself is not a problem but it does lead up to something that is very wrong with this novel- which is that while Evie's teenage perspective is somewhat interesting, the adult perspective is not. To be blunt- it's probably one of the most boring stories I've ever heard. I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters, what they did, or what happened to them.

This book is a perfect example of when critics go crazy for verbose writing and hype up a book that is so boring it's almost unreadable. Spare yourself some time and dig into the thousands of pages of 'War and Peace' instead- you might find it a little more interesting. Better yet- skip the book altogether and watch some paint dry...

2 stars

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  • leelee8888
  • 14/06/2016

I'm not even through the first chapter

But I have to point out that this is suppose to take place during the 1960's , yet some how the have somehow exchanged numbers on their CELLPHONES. Since I have only heard the first chapter I'm in no way attempting to review this book yet, I will say though , the authors writing style is a bit odd. For example " sweet drone of honey suckle, the glass of water quivering, the swallow of morning orange juice, the unlocking behind the eyes, the stranger at the door, a deer thrashing in the brush, I hear voices , a middle aged woman, " that's how she describes everything. "The green on the lawn, the dead bird in the lawn, the whisper in the breeze". Not going to make it through this I'll be honest.

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  • Amelia C.
  • 25/08/2017

Dark..realistic

I studied the psychology of cult behavior at Michigan State University in the 80s. This book was spot on. It's intriguing. Our vulnerabilities are vulnerable. Our young people are so susceptible.

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  • K. Strong
  • 11/04/2017

Book of the Year

Stunning. A deeply introspective window into what life might look like if we accepted an invitation to exist in the darkest, most honest corner of ourselves. The writing is poetry. I cannot wait to see more from this author.

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  • Mel
  • 27/06/2016

PG version of what defined Brutality and Evil

This is a peculiar novel, not unlikable, but I'm not sure what the author was going for. Obviously, the story is inspired by the horrific 1969 Manson murders: time, place, cult, drugs, and the manipulative male figure that saw himself as a prophet of sorts. The characters Cline has created to carry her echo of Helter Skelter aren't merely *similar,* they are the Manson family diluted. You know the author is talking about Susan Atkins with her All-American teen good looks, the pig-tailed, crazy-eyed Linda Kasabian, the big meat Tex Watson, and the infamous architect of the murders Charles Manson -- but the author gives you watered down, teenaged angst-filled imitations. Evie, the teen trying to find herself in a life that has just turned upside down; a beautiful bohemian (bi-sexual) Suzanne, a similarly pig-tailed girl, the family's muscle man, even the connection between the cult leader and a famous musician [*Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys and Terry Melcher (music producer and son of Doris Day] are non-dimensional, pastel versions of the real monsters. It is oddly like watching a bad modern-day troupe re-enact the 1969 murders without any knowledge of the actual event or emotional connect, a cast disconnected from a crime so brutal and shocking that it still has its ripples in our culture almost 50 yrs. later.

The result is a story that doesn't emotionally take you from a beginning to the conclusion. There needs to be some heft to the characters to define how they became the pawns of a mad man. I was interested in this book thinking that Cline would lay out the factors that made these followers vulnerable to the manipulations of a predator the level of Manson; what drew young people into this cult. Not every kid that smokes a joint and goes through family and friend problems winds up living in a cult and committing a mass slaughter. Evie would have been a great vehicle to take readers into such a descent, but Cline focuses primarily on what ends up sounding like a privileged teen-aged girl's growing pains. Does the murder weigh on her emotionally as she makes the transitions into adulthood; does she ever tell her parents about her involvement; how does the event shape her life...? I'd love to have had Evie reflect on the events with the hindsight of adulthood...or any kind of wrap up to this My Pretty Pony version of Helter Skelter. (The mention of spaghetti noodles still in the stomach of a young little victim, likely the mimicry of the stabbing of a pregnant Sharon Tate...not so MPP).

There are some wacky inconsistencies that having lived through the 60's myself, I can validate the errors. But Cline writes well at times; she also has some prose that jump in a little heavy and out of place that were confusing.
[Note: If you are interested in the actual events I suggest reading Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (Bugliosi had served as the prosecutor in the 1970 trial of Charles Manson.)

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  • Notimportant
  • 21/06/2016

Amazingly Similar to a Story I Have Heard Before

In this story Emma Cline has just taken the story of the Manson family, changed it around a bit, and made a new story. The similarities to actual events of the Manson family are too numerous to cite. The protagonist could have been any one of the girls who didn't know about the murders that were to take place that night. I think it's a very lame way to write a book. I also found the narrators inflection annoying. I would not recommend this book to a friend.

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  • Jill K. Silos
  • 23/06/2016

Utterly unoriginal and terrible narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book in a million years. It's completely unoriginal, clearly written to make a quick buck.

What was most disappointing about Emma Cline’s story?

Lack of anything resembling creativity.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cady McClain’s performances?

No way. She's TERRIBLE. She inserts weird pauses like William Shatner, and does not appear to really understand how to read a sentence.

Did The Girls inspire you to do anything?

Yes. It inspired me to stop listening to it.

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  • Jordyn
  • 15/06/2016

Intriguing & Suspenseful

The story of young Evie is both an intriguing narrative and statement on adolescence as a woman. There were times I found myself cringing at the young character's lack of conviction but found the story all the more relatable because of her short comings. The author is a gifted writer with a beautiful way of describing a scene. I definitely recommend this audio book.

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  • Marie E. Johnston
  • 23/09/2017

Interesting concept

Any additional comments?

I don't read very much fiction. I really liked the concept for the book and in many ways, I did enjoy the story. I did not like the narrator's voices for some of the characters, it made it difficult to care about some of the characters. I think there was ultimately too much foreshadowing which made the ending anti-climactic. I think there was a lot of potential to really get into some of the other characters or "girls" but overall I felt this novel just skimmed the surface on some really interesting topics. I would have liked to heard more about the backgrounds of the other girls and a lot more on the psychology.

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  • Marie
  • 16/07/2017

Girl's that needed guidance

Overall this book was well written. I stayed engaged with the story and I can relate to being a young lady and wanted to belong to someone or goup growing up.

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  • Deutschland
  • 01/08/2016

Tiefer Blick in eine Mädchenseele

Weniger ein Roman über einen blutigen Sektenmord, sondern viel, VIEL mehr ein Roman über eine 14jährige und deren innere Gründe, sich in dieses Geschehen ziehen zu lassen. Es geht um intensivste Gefühle, gerade zwischen Mädchen, um Zugehörigkeit. Natürlich auch um einen alternativen, freien Lebensstil außerhalb der elterlichen Kontrolle. Aber voll allem geht es um den Blick in eine weibliche Teenagerseele, was diese sucht und – fatalerweise – als Orientierung findet. Ein großartiger Debütroman, der tief einschlägt.

Sprachlich gesehen, richtet Emma Cline den Leser mit unverblümten, dennoch clever und überraschend gebauten Sätzen immer mehr zu. Ihre Formulierungen sind scharf, immer wieder innovativ. Explizite, richtiggehend abstoßende sexuelle Szenen wechseln sich ab mit brennenden oder sinnlichen Sätzen. Eine wilde Mischung ist das, und man fragt sich fast ängstlich, was so eine Debüt-Autorin noch alles aus dem Ärmel zaubern wird.

Auch Sprecherin Cady McClain tut ihr Übriges, um die soghafte Besessenheit der Geschichte zu unterstützen. Während die ältere Evie müde und gebrochen wirkt, sind die Rückblicke geprägt von der ganzen Palette jungen Empfindens: ein provokant gelangweilter Ton wechselt sich ab mit tiefer Verunsicherung, mit Sehnsucht, mit Passion. Gerade die Passagen, in denen es um Evie’s Eindrücken von Suzanne geht, wickeln den Hörer mit hypnotischer Kraft unmerklich ein.

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  • Sibylle
  • Berlin, Deutschland
  • 27/09/2016

Summer of 69

Captivating coming-of-age story, set in 1969 California. Much has been written about this book recently when the German translation was published. However, I recommend listening to it without reading any reviews beforehand and just immersing yourself in the story. The narrator transports the voices and personalities perfectly, taking you right into that hot, dry summer.

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