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Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

This is a book review of The Girls by Emma Cline that was published by Random House on 2 June 2016.

Emma Cline is 27 year old writer from California and this is her debut novel.

This is a story set in California in the summer of 1969 and told by Evie who is now in her mid thirties as she looks back on her then 14 years old self.

Evie is lonely and bored and meets a group of girls who take her to a cult with sex, drugs and rock n roll and she spends most of her summer there until a violent event changes everything.

The story line is intense and engaging and the writing is thought provoking, raw and even cruel at times as Evie takes you on a journey of her innermost thoughts about herself, friends, parents and the cult.

Whilst the two stories flick between Evie now and then, it is very easy to follow, all the characters are so well described that I could easily visualize who they are - I can definitely see this being turned into a movie!

I had high expectations of this book due to the praise it has received in such a short time and I was not disappointed, it really is one of those books that makes you stop and think long after you've read the last page.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in women's historical fiction with a cult twist.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch paint dry than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd give up a bottle of the worlds best champagne for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

The Girls can be purchased from the author here or Random House

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Disclosure:  NetGalley partner with bloggers such as me to help promote authors and their books and I was given this ebook published by Random House to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Hmmm... it def. sounds like an interesting read. You review so many different kinds of books on here and not just all main sellers, love that!


    1. Yes I do read lots of different books it keeps things interesting :)

  2. Sounds like a good and intriguing read!


    1. It is a must read! Very different writing style which I couldn't out down :)


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