The Girls

The Girls

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life….

Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?

Thoughts:

I had heard SO much about The Girls that I was somewhat apprehensive to pick it up.I didn’t know much about this book before I read it. I just kept seeing it all over the place. I have since learnt that this book is based on the Manson murders in 1969. I thought that I would enjoy it, but I’m always worried when a book is discussed so much. I worry it’s too hyped and my expectations will be too high. Therefore, I left it a little while. I finally got around to reading The Girls about a week ago. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think it’s a book that I’d re-read, as beautifully written as it is.

The Girls centres around a girl named Evie who is desperate to be noticed by her peers. Evie notices the girls, some girls who have long uncombed hair and dirty dresses. They immediately intrigue Evie. The story is packed full of sex, drugs and teenage runaways but it’s also much darker than that. Russell is mainly at the edge of the story. It is Suzanne, the leader of the girls, who captivates the main protagonist, Evie. Evie finds Suzanne alluring and is easily led to Russell’s ranch. At the ranch, Evie can become much more grown up and seek revenge against her mother who isn’t letting Evie be herself.

I liked how the narration was split between fourteen year old Evie and middle aged Evie looking back on her life. I wish there had been more about middle aged Evie as I was left with quite a few ‘What If’ questions. Perhaps this was the author’s intention. I felt like the narrations weren’t as connected as they could’ve been, which was a shame.

I found The Girls to be a disturbing read. It unsettled me at times. Emma Cline’s writing really is brilliant. She sets the scene wonderfully and creates the perfect atmosphere for the story. The Girls is an engaging read which kept me turning the pages right from the start.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Definitely an interesting one! Some darker content, so be aware of that!

Books I Want To Get To This Summer

As a teacher, I get six weeks off in the summer. I say off, but I’ve already been into school for half a day and expect to do the same for the rest of the week. However, I do get more reading time! I’ve decided to give myself a list of books that I desperately want to get to. Here they are…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

Gone Without A Trace- Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace

Her Husband’s Lover- Julia Crouch

Her Husband's Lover

He Said, She Said- Erin Kelly

He Said/She Said

By Your Side- Kasie West

By Your Side

The Scarecrow’s Queen- Melinda Salisbury

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #3)

Empire Of Storms- Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Close To Me- Amanda Reynolds

Close To Me

The Trophy Wife- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

As you can see, there’s loads of thrillers here. I’m looking forward to these! Have you read any of them? Do you recommend I ‘bump’ any up my TBR to read sooner? Let me know!

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get Around To! (But TOTALLY intend to!)

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about those releases in 2016 that we didn’t get around to (but fully intend to at some point!) There could be so many on this list…

Empire of Storms- Sarah J Maas-

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I don’t know why I haven’t read this book yet. I have been enjoying this series! Hopefully this year!

Stars Above- Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

Here’s another one that I’m not sure why it’s not been on my radar!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

I can’t wait to read more from Tahereh Mafi. I have heard this book is so good!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I’ve found Lauren Oliver to be a little bit hit and miss, so I’m certainly intrigued by this story.

Firsts- Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts

I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I must try and read it this year!

Wanderlost- Jen Malone

Wanderlost

Like the sound of this one too. The simple cover really appeals to me.

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I still want to give it a go!

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I loved Robin’s debut and was a little let down by her follow up. I am intrigued to read this one though.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

Another one that seemed to be everywhere last year.

The Graces- Laure Eve

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

LOVE the concept of this book. I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to it.

What did you not get around to in 2016? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #155

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Christmas Gifts

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I’m currently reading this book! Well, I say currently reading but I’m just about to start it. Scared about the hype but so happy to have my hands on a copy.

Replica (Replica, #1)

I am so intrigued by this book. I just need to work out how I’m going to read it? Alternate chapters or read one story first? Argh! Decisions.

Furthermore

I want to read more from Tahereh Mafi and I’ve heard great things about this book!

Noggin

I loved Highly Illogical Behaviour from John Corey Whaley so I want to read more of his work!

Bought:

Wing Jones

I’m working on reading more debuts this year and I am excited to try out this one from Katherine Webber, a British author.

Behind Closed Doors

This book was on my Christmas list and I decided I wanted to read it soon! Ha, I say soon but it’ll probably be a few months!

The Girls

I have seen this book around everywhere and I saw it on offer, so I snapped up a copy!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!