The Girls

The Girls

eBook - 2016
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Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat. Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls. And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways. Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?
Publisher: London :, Random House,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781473523111
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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stewaroby Jun 02, 2017

This had good reviews but I so would not have finished it if I hadn't been trapped on a long-haul flight with a terrible selection of movies. Really two stars is praising it.


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stewaroby Jun 02, 2017

This had good reviews but I so would not have finished it if I hadn't been trapped on a long-haul flight with a terrible selection of movies. Really two stars is praising it.

RPinnix May 22, 2017

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ownedbydoxies
May 15, 2017

I'd heard good things regarding this book, but honestly, I couldn't really find anything that interesting or unique about it. A girl who is feeling ugly and confused, spends a lot of time and thought trying to figure out how to not feel ugly or confused. Meh. Anyways, she ends up hanging with 'the girls' of some sort of Manson clan group, and I just didn't care enough about her or her insights or her lack of insights to finish the thing.

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m0mmyl00
May 13, 2017

Evie Boyd was a young teenager, feeling uncool and unpopular. She happened to see a group of desperately cool girls in the park one day and sort of fell in love with the ringleader. They were unkempt but confident and free, everything she wasn't and wanted to be. She began violating her sense of right and wrong -- by stealing money from her mother and giving it to them -- in an attempt to belong with them. They were fine with that, and even honored her by making a gift of her to the man who headed their little traveling commune. She eventually moved in with them and adopted their lifestyle.

The story is ripped from the headlines of the Manson murder story. When the group killed a family Evie didn't happen to be there; her absence during the murders wasn't planned, it was mere chance. Now, as a middle aged woman, she wonders what she would have done if the circumstances had been different. In a chance encounter with an equally uncool teenage girl, she sees in her the desperate drive to belong; the willingness of the girl to violate her sense of right and wrong -- in this case to offer herself sexually to her boyfriend's friend -- in order to be accepted.

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uncommonreader
May 02, 2017

Cline may have talent, but I do not understand the point of this lightly fictionalized account of the Manson family, taken from second and third hand sources. There is no insight into why these girls, especially at this point in time, became enthralled by the cult leader. For a much more interesting and authentic account, read Claire Vaye Watkins' "Battleborn".

AL_KATI May 01, 2017

I'm a little late to the bandwagon on this book but I'm so glad I picked it up. I was sucked in pretty much right away (especially because ABC had just aired a new special about the Mansons). Some people have griped about her writing style, like she was trying too hard, but I thought it was pretty much spot on. I wish I had picked this up sooner.

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CarleeMcDot
Mar 29, 2017

It started off slow (when I was 75 pages in I actually thought I might give up on it because I was a bit bored), but it definitely draws you in. The story features a Manson-ish cult and is told from the perspective of a somewhat outsider. It actually had me thinking about how 'easy' it could be to fall into the "wrong" crowd and end up so far down a road you weren't expecting, while never really knowing how you got there in the first place.

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JMFreads
Mar 09, 2017

I was a bit confused with the first several pages. I couldn't quite grasp what was happening or where the story was going. But a few more pages in and the story took off. I really enjoyed this novel written about the simple idea of a girl just trying to find her place in the world.

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Needlz
Feb 21, 2017

I feel like this book was overhyped. I found the writing style physically painful to read. This goes beyond purple prose. "The nothing jump of soda in my throat." What does that even mean?? The author tried way too hard to write beautifully and ended up taking a fascinating bit of history and made it excruciatingly boring. I give major props to anyone who was able to get through to the very end of this one.

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darladoodles
Feb 15, 2017

It is heartbreaking to see girls gone bad up close. What a waste of potential, but understandable when you add in some clueless parents and some adults without scruples. One of the saddest things in this story was the absence of good men.

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AL_SUSANW Oct 10, 2016

Fictional Manson family styled cult in the late 60's. Enthralling and fast paced, I read it in under a week. Once you pick this one up, it's difficult to tear yourself away!

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