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The Girls
The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
Girlstheir vulnerability, strength, and passion to belongare at the heart of this stunning first novel for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egans A Visit from the Goon Squad. Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, chargeda place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girls life when everything can go horribly wrong. Emma Clines remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fictionand an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.Advance praise for The Girls The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novelimposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time.Richard Ford Emma Clines first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. The Girls announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction.Jennifer Egan I dont know which is more amazing, Emma Clinesunderstanding of human beings or her mastery of language.Mark Haddon, New York Times bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. She reminds us that behind so many of our cultures fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind.Lena DunhamFrom the Hardcover edition.
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babyruth2510
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Panpan

This is a story about a teenager searching for belonging and the attraction of a Manson-like cult. The author captures perfectly what it feels like to been a teen trying to figure out who you are. There was just too much extra stuff in the book that bogged it down and made me not like it as much as I could.

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Lauranahe
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Pickpick

I thought this was actually about the Manson murders, but it‘s BASED ON the Manson murders. Still, very good read. Evie is a young teenager in the summer of ‘69 when she meets Suzanne and is instantly drawn to her. Through Suzanne, Evie is brought into the cult months before the infamous murders. I very much enjoyed the writing, the emotions evoked, the thoughts on being a girl in a man‘s world…highly recommend.

Lauranahe I‘m sorry I haven‘t gotten this out in the mail yet! I‘ll take it to the post office tomorrow or Wednesday. It‘s been a crazy couple of weeks. @magyklyXdelish @Bookish_AF @babyruth2510 4w
Bookish_AF Hahaha omg, as I‘m sure you noticed from my comments, I ALSO thought it was about the Mansons 😅 4w
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Pickpick

Based on the Manson Family Murders, Cline captures the boredom and desperation of adolescence magnificently. Evie is an ordinary teenager growing up in the suburbs when she is spellbound by an young woman in a cult-like group. Evie‘s seduction happens quickly and totally. Missing the novel‘s violent climax only by happenstance, adult Evie grapples with how easily she could‘ve been someone else forcing us to study our own life‘s close calls. 4⭐️

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magyklyXdelish
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. It‘s definitely maybe a little verbose at times but I enjoyed how the author could make certain unrelatable things feel relatable. I‘m conflicted on how I feel about the end. I feel like it didn‘t live up to the rest of the book. I just don‘t know what to make of the end and can‘t wait to see what the rest of my book club thinks.

#BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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magyklyXdelish
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First read for March is for book club sisters.

Amy I will mail your book from this month out tomorrow 🤗

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LokiDokey
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I LOOKED UP because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Christyco125
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I do love bracketolgy and the idea for a tourney of books. So I say, “Let the battle of favorites begin.”

I gave it some thought. 💭 While The History of Wild Places was beautifully written, The Girls was the one that I just couldn‘t put down. So it‘s filling my January spot on my #2022ReadingBracket.

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andrew61
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Pickpick

Starting #booked2022 with my book about a cult but suspect this might be a popular pick. Been meaning to rd this since it came out. Borrowing heavily from the manson theme it is more a story of troubled adolescence and a yng girls vulnerability. Definitely captures time and place well and the feeling of something bad approaching altho the mirroring of a real life event plays a part in that sense.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

TheLudicReader I really enjoyed this one, too. 5mo
Cinfhen I liked this one , although other reviewers were less kind. Great choice for prompt 5mo
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Magdalenka
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“Poor girls. The world fattens them on the promise of love. How badly they need it, and how little most of them will ever get.”

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Christyco125
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Pickpick

This reminded me of a more adult version “Go Ask Alice.” It was a read quick and kept me interested all the way through. #Pantone2022 #SuperSonic #Booked2022 Cult or religion #2022Book3 #christyread

Christy2318 Oooooh I hadn‘t thought about the Go Ask Alice feel but yes, it does have that vibe! 5mo
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Christyco125
Girls | Emma Cline

Got in a couple of hours of reading before the family woke up. That was a nice treat on this gray and wet day day. More of the same tomorrow. I was looking forward to no snow in winter living in GA. But now I‘m wondering if the rain is really worth the trade off. At least in CO it would snow and then the sun ☀️ would come out. #randomthoughts #weatherblues

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Kimberlone
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Starting a couple days late, but here is my #BlueandRed cover for #CuriousCovers Day 1! Will catch up in my next posts with Day 2 & 3.

This one has been on my TBR since one of my first #BOTM boxes several years ago. I will get to it some day!

Eggs Perfect! ❤️💙❤️ 13mo
singsweetseraphim Oh my gosh, it‘s SO GOOD! It‘s been a few years since I read it, but there was a season of the podcast “you must remember this” that was researching Manson that came out only a year or so before the book. It compliments it so well! 13mo
Kimberlone @singsweetseraphim I am obsessed with that podcast,and that season is especially amazing. I know the book is right up my alley because I do really enjoy that time period, so I know I will need to listen again when I eventually read the book! (edited) 13mo
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TheSpineView
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#CuriousCovers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
Prompt: Blue and Red cover

I have not read this one yet. The reviews are all over the place and I don't want to waste time on a book I don't like. Has anyone read this? Your thoughts?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect choice for the prompt! I didn‘t care for the book though 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
TheSpineView @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for your thoughts. I think it is one of those books you either love or hate. I might take it off my TBR list. 🤔 13mo
Eggs I bailed on it a couple years ago 13mo
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Eggs 👏🏻❤️💙❤️👏🏻 13mo
TheSpineView @Eggs Yeah, I think I am going to take it off my list. 13mo
MaureenMc It‘s dark and disturbing, but I loved it. 😁 13mo
TheSpineView @MaureenMc Thanks for the info!😊 13mo
Ruthiella I loved it for its spot-on portrayal of awkward teenage-hood. I didn‘t join a cult, thank goodness, but I understood that main character‘s thought process. 13mo
TheSpineView @Ruthiella I don't think I have heard that before about this book. Thanks for the insight. 13mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Mehso-so

Breaking out my meh mug for this. It was fine. I recommend reading it if you are on vacation and it was left in the room you are renting.
I don't really understand why if she wanted to write about the Manson Girls she didn't just do it? But this story line was fine. I didn't like the modern day flashes, they didn't add to the story. And I agree with other reviews that overall it was overwritten. But I thought readable.

Leftcoastzen Love your meh mug! 13mo
BarbaraBB Love the mug, kind of hated the book. 13mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks! I love this mug too, got it on Etsy. The reviews of this book are across the board! Hate to total admiration. I think if I had not read a truly bad book before this I might have been more critical. 13mo
SamAnne LOL I love this review. And I want that mug. (edited) 13mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 14mo
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TheSpineView
Girls | Emma Cline
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TheKidUpstairs ❤📚🔥 I want to read this one 1y
TheSpineView @TheKidUpstairs Me too! On my TBR list! 📚📚📚 1y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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j.rye
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Soubhiville Everything you need! 1y
wanderinglynn Is the little book on the bottom left a e-reader cover or a notebook? Either way, I really like it! 😍 (edited) 1y
j.rye @wanderinglynn e-reader!! 1y
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magyklyXdelish
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Obsessed with this #bookhaul 😍 I love when the hubby takes me book shopping!

Alfrazier21 I loved No Exit!! Great haul!! 2y
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rachelk
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I know the Manson/Manson-like cult subject has been done to death (bad pun) but what really stands out is the coming of age aspect of this story. This book took me back to my 1970‘s childhood in California. Her descriptions of being a girl in that time and place are spot on. Cline wasn‘t even born until 1989. How did she get it so right? Amazing!
👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻
#24b4Monday #Deweys24Readathon #deweysreadathon #snacktime

Jeannineth I loved this book. 2y
Ruthiella Yes! It was her depiction of being an unsure teenager in the 70s that clinched it for me! 2y
rachelk @Jeannineth @Ruthiella I think her observations and prose are outstanding. I‘m really surprised this wasn‘t a ‘pick‘ for more Littens. Maybe it‘s the Mansen-like cult aspect that people reacted negatively to? (edited) 2y
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kindalim
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the feel of a physical book is so satisfying. ❤️

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Ruthiella
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Three books loosely based on true stories. I wanted to find books that were not memoir or nonfiction but rather books that took a real life event as an inspiration. I haven‘t read Women Talking yet, but I have read the other titles.

#3books

Crazeedi Great idea, I should have done that! 2y
thebluestocking That was my goal too. It was a little tricky but then I found a handful I had read. 💙 2y
Ruthiella @Crazeedi it‘s fun to see how I can make up my own small guidelines within the prompts! 😀 2y
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Ruthiella @thebluestocking It was a little bit of a challenge. I also wanted to avoid books obviously based on the author own life which was yet another constraint. 😀 2y
OriginalCyn620 The Girls was one of my choices too! 2y
Ruthiella @OriginalCyn620 I noticed that! I like it when an author only uses the inspiration but tells a wholly original story. 2y
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bookishunicorn
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I read an article recently about this young author, and realized this was her book. I've seen this book EVERYWHERE, but really had no clue what it was about. Now, that I've finally read the description, I can't wait to check it out! ✌🏼

#tbr #crimereads #goodreadslist

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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September #Bookspin

A weird combination of classic, newer, non-fiction, YA, and interesting no sci-fi/fantasy.

Librariana I want to do this!! I've never done this!! I see everyone else participating and it makes me wanna be part of the club, too! 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Librariana you should! Especially if, like me, you have a stupid long TBR list. This just lets me pick 20, and then the 2 that @thearomaofbooks picks I make it a goal to read that month. I don't usually do the Bingo part - where you try to get a bingo card of your 20 picks, because I usually have a different pile outside of my 20 to read! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great list!!! @Librariana - anyone is welcome to join, all you have to do is post your list of 20 books & tag me when you do!! If you want more info, I created a master post which you can read here - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556 - and just let me know if you have any questions!!! It's a flexible challenge where you can set your goal for however many books is going to work for you!! 2y
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Samary
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Pickpick

I loved this book. I am endlessly fascinated by cults and I enjoyed reading this. Heavily influenced by the Manson Murders (the movie Charlie Says is good, you can see a lot of parallels) and a hint of David Koresh.

Not for everyone! Some difficult things to read about be aware of your triggers.

#thegirls #emmecline #cults #1960s #debutauthor

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Samary
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Holy crap this book grabbed be from the beginning. It almost plays out like a movie in my head. I can see it and feel it. It is not for everyone. But this is right up my alley!

#thegirls #emmacline #cults

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Macnjen
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite. For some reason I could not connect with some of the writing style, though I can‘t pinpoint why. The story unfolds sort of as expected; unhappy teen girl gets involved in Mansonesque cult group. No real surprises here, perhaps my expectations were too high. Not sure I‘d recommend and I won‘t reread.

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MegCaldwell
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Pickpick

This was my first time reading on my iPad and I‘m surprised at how much I didn‘t hate it. It helped that I was so engrossed in the book! I loved the way it talked about girlhood, there was something haunting and even maybe shameful about it. Not shameful of being a girl but the shame that is bestowed upon girls. Happy my book club girls picked this one.

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JenReadsAlot
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Pickpick

I'm going with a pick but didnt love it. #doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes I feel like we need a choice that is something like “pick...ish“ lol 2y
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Cathythoughts
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Thanks so much Caroline , this arrived today & im looking forward to it. Hope you are keeping well. Thankyou X Cathy 🙏❤️❤️❤️

Tanisha_A Photograph is 👌🏽! 2y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A Thanks! Really excited for the book , so pleased with it 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Caroline2 I hope you like it and sorry it‘s so late. 💖 2y
Cathythoughts @Caroline2 I think I‘ll love it ... there‘s no “ late “ ... you are very good 😘Thankyou X 2y
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Oryx
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Cookie? 🐾

squirrelbrain Yes please! 😁😘 2y
TrishB Awww 😍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😍 the 🐾 and 🍪 2y
AlaMich That couch looks like it was made for her! 🐶❤️ 2y
Oryx @AlaMich She agrees! 2y
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Kav138
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Pickpick

I quite enjoyed this . I am not sure it lived up to the reviews, yet a well down first novel .

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CuriousG
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Wasn't sure originally if I would, but think I'm going to give this one a shot

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BookNightOwl
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Pickpick

Coming of age story about a 14 year old girl who comes from a broken home. When she meets a group she wants everything to do with them. This book had me absorbed on every page. Trigger warnings for sex, drugs and language. This book is an adult book.

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Kappadeemom
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Finished this book while on my camping trip and I‘m leaving it in the LFL. Great idea for campgrounds 🥰

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Kappadeemom
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Weekend plans 🛶🚍🐕❤️

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squirrelbrain
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Well, I finally caved in @Caroline2 ! (And you weren‘t much help either @Branwen with your encouragement 🤣🤣).

Thank you so much for thinking of me Caroline - I‘ve been intrigued by this one for a while,,,,😘

I love the Harry Potter card too - very Litsy-appropriate 🦉

I‘m so grateful to have a friend like you ❤️

Caroline2 Whey! I‘m glad you like it. 😀 its an interesting read....😬 see what you think! I‘m very grateful to have a friend (and loosey-goosey buddy!) like you too! 😘 ps I stillllll haven‘t finished the Romanovs yet!!!!! 😂 3y
squirrelbrain I‘ll let you know what I think @caroline2.... And have one last push at The Romanovs - the end is definitely the best bit! 3y
youneverarrived This has been on my shelf for ages! I‘ve gone to read it a few times but always put it back for something else. 3y
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MrBook
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This was tonight‘s selection for my library‘s #HughesUnitedBookClub 😁! It received *very* mixed reviews! Some members loved it, some didn‘t even finish it, some thought it was meh. *That* makes for a fun and dynamic book club conversation 😂👏🏻! Good times.

#LitsyLovesLibraries

Pogue Our book club read it and I thought it was Meh too. I thought that it would be more about the women in the story. 3y
Rachel.Rencher What did you think? I really liked it! 3y
MrBook @Rachel.Rencher , I gave it 4-stars! 3y
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CaroPi This is one of my few DNF books. I don't feel any desire to finish it 3y
TheLudicReader I really liked this one. 3y
Peddler410 I‘m in the didn‘t even finish category 3y
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Becker
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Pickpick

Lots of mixed feelings on this book and I can understand why, but I liked it. We have all wondered how someone can get themselves tangled up in a cult. Well here is a story about how that might happen. I thought it was well worth reading.✔️

KarenUK I loved it.... 💕 3y
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britt_brooke
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DAY 4 #GirlGoneWild | Fourteen-year-old Evie longs to be seen. In late 60s California, she links up with some carefree girls and their charismatic leader; essentially a novelization of the Manson Family. I liked this, but I read it prior to reading any actual Manson true crime. Not sure how I‘d feel about this now that I‘ve read a few.

#MOvember
@Cinfhen

AnansiGirl I almost chose Girls for today‘s hashtag. 3y
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t try it again. I had read a lot about Manson and thought The Girls was really weak. 3y
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Yeah, I don‘t think I‘d like it now. I‘d rather read about the real thing. 3y
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Exbrarian
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Mehso-so

A thinly veiled fictionalization of the Manson family murders from the point of view of a 14 year old girl that was a part-time “cult“ member. The writing is VERY pretentious. At least once every couple of pages I was shaken out of the narrative by “creative“ word choices. Nearly a pan. I can't recommend it.

mcipher I couldn‘t get even halfway through. The writing style just didn‘t work for me. 3y
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Cweeeevs
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Pickpick

After seeing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and listening to Karina Longworth's 'You Must Remember Manson' podcast, a friend recommended this book with high praise, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm in awe of Emma Cline's compelling, perceptive prose. Cady McClain's thoughtful narration really immersed me in teenage Evie's heightened world. Her interactions with a host of vivid characters are, at times, stark and horrifying. An absolute pick!

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Emilymdxn
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@Weaponxgirl would you like to join in? Seven covers that speak to you in seven days and tag some folks, no need to explain your choices!

Cathythoughts Nice ✨✨✨✨✨ 3y
Weaponxgirl Ahh sorry I‘ve not been online much recently. Hope you have a lovely New Years 2y
Emilymdxn @Weaponxgirl no worries!! Hope you‘re well 💖💖💖 I like having you around here! 2y
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Cweeeevs
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"I could see she was nervous with my eyes on her. I understood the worry. When I was that age, I was uncertain of how to move, whether I was walking too fast, whether others could see the discomfort and stiffness in me. As if everyone were constantly gauging my performance and finding it lacking."

This book is so well written. It's really smart and evocative. I'm loving this #audiobook so far!

Ruthiella I loved this one. She got me as a teenager (though thankfully I did not join a cult!). 3y
Cweeeevs @Ruthiella I know exactly what you mean! I'm so surprised at the mixed reaction to this because I think it's really excellent! 3y
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KarenUK
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Cinfhen Good choice!! I agree, something haunting about this one 3y
TheLudicReader Great book. 3y
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Verity
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Pickpick

Creepy and atmospheric, I didn‘t like anyone in it but it‘s incredibly readable. Best read if you know a bit about the Manson murders and late 60s California/Hollywood/America

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Amor4Libros
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Bailedbailed

This book started as promising but halfway through I found myself wanting for something to happen and daydreaming about my TBR.

Megabooks I didn‘t like this book. Definitely overhyped! 3y
Amor4Libros @Megabooks I have always been wanting to read it and a friend recently read it and loved it so I decided to take the plunge. I was liking it, but then I was at 50% and felt like it was not progressing. 3y
LibrarianRyan This book sucked so hard. I would have never finished it if it wasn‘t a booclub read. 3y
LapReader Boo club 😂 when you hate the BookClub book @LibrarianRyan 3y
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cherinium
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Pickpick

I listened to this one. I wouldn't say I loved this book, but I did enjoy it. I'm intrigued by the psychology involved in cults. I thought this was a pretty realistic look at how an insecure girl's desire for acceptance could make her vulnerable. The prose was insightful but sometimes a bit too "flowery". #audiobook #audible #cult #cultmentality #commune

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KarenUK
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#AyUpAugust #toomuchtooyoung
Probably because it‘s fresh in my mind after seeing the new Tarantino movie, this prompt made me think of all the underage girls at the Spahn ranch where the infamous ‘Manson Family‘ resided.

This novel has mixed reviews on Litsy but I‘m one of the ones who loved it. The writing is gorgeous and the story of this infamous place and the events of 1969, told through the eyes of 14 yr old Evie, was so compellingly told.😳

Cinfhen Great choice and fabulous collage. How was the movie???? Should we go see it or wait for home release?? 3y
Cinfhen And I liked this book too!! 3y
KarenUK @cinfhen I‘d say see it in the theater if you can.... I loved this movie! It‘s such a love letter to Hollywood...And Brad and Leo are at the absolute top of their games.... plus the soundtrack is as awesome as you‘d expect. And no spoilers, but it has elements of an alternative history (thank goodness!) 3y
squirrelbrain This is another book I haven‘t read, but sounds so good! ❤️ 3y
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