Happy Friday and last day of March everybody! It’s seriously so crazy to me how fast this month has flown by, although I really shouldn’t be considering how much stuff we had going on. Not only did we go to the Rodeo three times this year, but we also went out of town a couple of weekends and just had a lot of stuff going on. I’m hoping that April will be a little bit calmer for us! Anyways, because it’s the last Friday in March it also means that it’s time for the The Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club linkup with Carolann and Christy to talk about this month’s book, The Girls by Emma Cline.
To be perfectly honest, I really wasn’t looking forward to reading this book. I remember quite a few people’s negative reviews of this book, so it wasn’t one that I requested from Netgalley. So instead of buying this one, I got my mom to get it for me from the library, and I’m glad that I did that instead of buying it.
The whole premise of this book is that a young Evie sees a group of ratty girls that is gallivanting around her small town on the outskirts of San Francisco. She is immediately drawn to those girls and the cool lifestyle that they seem to lead, but especially to Suzanne who has an air and confidence to her that Evie can’t get enough of. Eventually Evie meets those girls and they introduce her to Russell who is the leader of the group that promotes love for everyone. Evie spends her days that summer at the ranch and is drawn in even more by Suzanne and the other girls.
While the idea of this book sounded really interesting to me, I felt like it was a little bit hard to get into, it took a while for Evie to actually get into the cult, and then once you finally found out what the girls had done to end the cult (it talks about the violent act in the preview for the book), it almost seems like it just ends. So the beginning felt like it took too long and then end just cut off.
I also found it a little bit unbelievable that Evie would choose to live in those horrible conditions at the ranch when she had such a nice life at home with her mom. Obviously, she had a lot of issues, especially considering the fact that her parents were getting divorced, she was leaving for boarding school, and she had fought with her best friend, but I just can’t imagine her being ok with living in filth, barely having anything to eat, and then also putting up with basically sexual assault while she was living at the ranch. All of these point to the fact that she was that young and impressionable, I just don’t buy it.
The last thing that I had a major issue with in this book was all of the flashbacks and the little bit of time that was spent on Evie in the present. I guess that the author was trying to show how she was still effected by the horrific events that took place all of those years ago and the how infamous the cult that she was a part of actually was to the area, but the supporting characters didn’t really add anything to the story line, at all. I also find it hard to believe that Evie wouldn’t have tried to get in contact with Suzanne at some point in time, even after everything that happened. If she was that in love with her, you would have thought she would have tried to see her in prison or something.
While I obviously had some negatives about the book, I still considered it a good and fast read. I started reading it on the plane to Vegas and finished it up pretty quickly after that. Once you actually picked up on all the different characters and the flashbacks and Evie actually got into the cult, I didn’t want to stop reading. It definitely transported you back into the time of the 1960s where the hippies and drugs and alcohol were definitely a staple in California and elsewhere across the United States.
This definitely wasn’t my favorite book that we’ve read for our little book club, but I still consider it a book that I enjoyed to read. The Girls is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re interested in that time period and like the idea of reading about a cult, you definitely should pick this book up. Just know that it takes a while to actually get into the cult. I rated this book a 3 out of 5 on Goodreads, and if the ending hadn’t been so short, it probably would have been a 4 out of 5.
Have you read The Girls? Is it a book that you’re going to pick up soon?
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