The Girls by Emma Cline

I first heard about this book on The Every Girl, I believe, and right then I knew I needed to buy it and read it. It’s based on the Charles Manson family/cult back in the late 60’s as well as the power of female friendship. And just how alluring the dark side can be, without cookies even.

It’s a dark book but it’s riveting. It follows the protagonist along her journey from being a good girl in the Bay Area to being tempted by another way of life for the sake of having girlfriends. We’ve all been there, I’m sure, where we would give almost anything to be part of that cool group of girls we see in the park. Whose lives just seem effortlessly awesome and this book plays fantastically on that feeling.

Though never mentioning Charles Manson by name, it’s quite evident it’s based on his group of hippies that form a commune based on love and affection that knows no bounds, until  you’re on the wrong side.

It’s an interesting take on what it means to so desperately want to be part of something bigger than yourself and the means to which some will go just to hold onto that affection they hadn’t found elsewhere before.

Don’t read this book at night, though. There are some parts that are incredibly dark but it may also be unavoidable as you wont want to put it down any time soon.

Favourite Quote: We all just want to be seen.

4.5/5

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