Goodreads Synopsis: 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, charged—a 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 girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.
Publication Date: June 14th 2016
I really wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I requested this book from Netgalley. But I liked the cover and I thought it sounded interesting.
The Girls does not disappoint. It’s a well written, vivid story. Which is the first thing that made me love it. I was immidtaly drawn into the world of the late ’60s and I felt I could see everything. The clothes, the houses, even down the food descriptions. Everything felt real and authentic. Then the characters were also well written. I do have to say that this book is not a lighthearted read. It’s about a young misguided girl who gets sucked into a cult. The book is dark as we follow Evie through her experiences and her longings for friendship and love. This book will make you feelings things, and might even trigger some people. For me though it was a very interesting read, but at times I did feel sick to my stomach. I felt for Evie’s character from page one. The plot was also well developed, there was no need for me to try and guess what would happen next because I was so engaged in what was happening now.
So I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads though I’d honestly like to rate it a 4.5. If you like a good story, or books about cults definitely read this book! I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.