Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I hope everyone’s Monday is off to a good start! This weekend, I finished reading The Girls by Emma Cline, after hearing a ton of hype about it over the past few months. The plot focuses on the Charles Manson cult and follows a fourteen year old girl, Evie, who is drawn into it.
The premise of the book is thought provoking and the author does a good job of illustrating why someone would gravitate towards a group as dark as this one. After Evie’s parents divorce and become preoccupied with their new significant others, Evie struggles to find a sense of belonging. She meets a few of the girls that belong to the cult and they bring her in to their inner circle; sharing everything with her from clothes to drugs. They introduce her to the cult leader and she quickly becomes immersed in a lifestyle that is different from anything she has ever known.
Although the plot held my attention overall, the conclusion was a bit more drawn out than I was expecting and I was hoping for a better resolution for Evie. I would recommend this book but warn that it does not offer a happy ending.