The Girls is a solid read. Emma Cline can turn a phrase! Very vivid writing. This story stuck with me long after I finished it.
Entertaining but I expected it to be about a cult, and it was really a coming of age book. Still really enjoyed.
Stunning writing. Meticulous detail which allows the reader to feel as though they were right there, smelling the smells, experiencing the grittiness and rawness of the characters, settings and situations. This writer has a brilliant gift for analogies, which kept me hooked throughout the story. It was rough subject material, but well done.
This book was entertaining enough and I never felt like I was forcing myself to slog through it, but it also wasn't amazing. I found myself thinking that if I wanted to read a book about the Manson murders, I'd rather it be a non-fiction version. The story is basically the backstory of the Manson family with the names changed - there's an obvious Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson, Tex Watson, and several small details are identical. The actual murders are a little different but not much. I also went back and forth on the writing style - at times I really liked it, at others I felt like it was a bit overdone and tried to hard to sound literary. Wouldn't read again, but I'm not mad about finishing it.
At first it was difficult to get into. After the first few chapters it captured me and I found it intriguing.
Boring, was always wondering when something big was going to happen and it never did. I did enjoy the way it was written.
Trite, wordy, and as self-absorbed as the main character. Would not recommend.
Very close to the Manson murders in plot. Not very original
Somewhat long and parts of it were dragged out, but it was beautifully written and a captivating story.
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