The Girls by Emma Cline

the girlsThe Girls was another book suggested to me by my boyfriend.  It’s also the second book I read on my Kindle!  My experience reading The Girls was a lot better than Today Will Be Different.  So, it turns out my assumption of my imagined issues with the Kindle were actually issues with the book.  I was easily able to follow and understand what was happening in The Girls, and I really enjoyed reading it.  Although to try a better transition from books to Kindle, I printed out the cover of the book and put it on the inside cover of the Kindle case.  I kind of liked this, but not sure if I’ll continue in the future.

The Girls is kind of a dramatization closely based off the whole Charles Manson thing, but with totally different people.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it.  ABC also did a pretty great documentary on Manson, his cult, and the murders (this is why I called it a “thing”, cause it’s a whole thing) about year ago.  I also listen to a podcast called The Last Podcast on the Left sometimes and they did a pretty good “expose” on Manson.  (If you’re into weird stuff like serial killers, aliens, conspiracy theories, it’s a very entertaining, somehow funny, and informative podcast.)

The Girls is centered around a young girl named Evie who is growing up in the 1960’s.  She gets kicked out of her house by her single mom at age 14 and ends up joining a band of interesting characters, who mirror the people involved in the Manson cult.  There is a leader of the group (let’s be real – it’s a cult), who very much so resembles the characteristics of Charles Manson, right down to his musical abilities.  Fun Fact: Charles Manson was actually a pretty good musician.  I envision cults as large entities and this group of people seemed small, but I don’t know for sure how large Mansons’ group/cult was OR even if there are guidelines as to what constitutes as a cult or not.  I don’t know.  Perhaps I should Google it.  Anyway, Evie is kind of removed from the inner workings of the cult, but we see what is happening in it from her perspective as an accepted member of the group, but still someone who doesn’t exactly know everything that’s going on.  We don’t really see much of the Manson character; the book is more focused on the girls in the cult, which I thought was a good take on the story.

The Girls was a very entertaining book that I felt captured the essence of the [perhaps a little too] carefree spirit 1960’s and also did an effective job of not being super intense.  A book that’s based off a 60’s cult that resulted in murder could have been a lot darker, but I felt The Girls was more of a coming of age novel than anything else.  I would definitely recommend The Girls.

One Response to The Girls by Emma Cline

  1. […] New post on my book blog about a book that mirrors happenings from Charles Mansons’ cult.  Check it out here! […]

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