The GirlsThe Girls by Emma Cline

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I am the luckiest person alive. Not only did I win the Kindle copy of this book from but about the time I was at the 75% point of that book, the physical, paperback, uncorrected proof, landed in my mailbox. It seems I won the GoodReads (used to be called FirstReads) contest for this book.

My thoughts as I first began reading this book was that this is a small player, less than Squeaky Fromme, in the Charles Manson case. And though I believe it is loosely based on this and other cases like that in the late 60s early 70s, the story is more about that era and some of the teens of that time.

Being a child of the 60s myself, I was very interested in getting this book. I recognized the social cliches, the disenfranchised. But I am here to tell you that not all of us were druggies or runaways. Many of us were more the flower child who believed in peace and love and still do.

This story takes us down the dangerous road of girls who were so in awe of a guy that they would do anything for him. Once on drugs, they were just puppets for this guy. And they took it to the extent of murder, for hardly any reason beyond their fantasies.

So, yeah. Murder and blood are involved. To me, that is the part of the story I didn’t like. And it seemed to be the main point. As I mentioned above the main character is a lesser person of this clique. It is her story. How she felt the need to leave her family and join this strange group. And in spite of myself, I found I wanted to know more about her journey.

Was it the best journey? No. Was it the most interesting journey? Not at all. In fact, I found myself bored, a lot. That is why it took so long for me to read this even though I did have it on Kindle. Just a word on the font of the paperback, it is too small but I could have managed in small doses. So others might do just fine with it.

This was not a favorite book. Could have actually lived without ever reading it. But it was well written and kept me interested. I look forward to sharing the paperback with others and see what they feel about it.

I was finally able to register the book on BookCrossing. I marked it available. It is BCID: 353-13957336 Let me know if you want me to send it your direction.

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