Week 42 – Shelf Pleasure’s 2016 Reading Challenge
Emma Cline’s The Girls was one of those rare books we felt compelled to keep reading even though we weren’t hooked from the start. The writing comes across as pretentious at times but the story of an impressionable young girl, longing to escape her lonely life, who falls in with a group of cult like hippies in 1960s California is fascinating. It’s easy to see how someone desperate for attention could fall in with a crowd that promises free love and to take care of one another–and ignore the neglect and filth and dangerous undercurrent because you feel like part of something bigger than yourself. But when the group begins to become unhinged the book takes an even darker turn that left us wondering what anyone is capable of under the right circumstances.
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