I’ve been eyeing the debut novel from Emma Cline, The Girls, for a while now. Striking is the first word that comes to my mind when describing this story. It’s powerful and intense with a surprising amount of insight into what it means to be a girl.
As a young teen living in northern California during the 1960’s, Evie Boyd wants to be accepted and noticed. When she sees a group of carefree girls who embody everything that she wants to be, she’s absolutely captivated.
Evie’s not only drawn to the group, but becomes nearly obsessed with one of the leaders, Suzanne, for her wild spirit. She quickly plunges into their group, which turns out to be a cult. Readers are brought along many of the dark moments that Evie goes through and what led some of the members to commit horrendous crimes.
My copy of this book was filled with sticky notes because so many quotes struck me. Here are my favorites:
“I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.”
“All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you – the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.”
“Girls were good at coloring in the disappointing blank spots.”
“Poor girls. The world fattens them on the promise of love.”
“Later I would see this: how impersonal and grasping our love was, pinging around the universe, hoping for a host to give form to our wishes.”
“That was part of being a girl – you were resigned to whatever feedback you’d get.”
“I’d always been aware of Peter, in the way I liked any older boy at that age, their mere existence demanding attention.”
I hope you all enjoy The Girls! I really recommend it.