“I waited to be told what was good about me. I wondered later if this was why there were so many more women than men at the ranch. 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.” The Girls, Emma Cline
It’s summer, 1969. Evie Boyd, a 14 year old from a wealthy middle class family, feels ‘the days crumble away like debris from a cliff face.’ Waiting to attend boarding school, disconnected from her divorced parents and hanging around with her one-dimensional friend in the Californian ‘burbs, Evie craves distraction and a sense of belonging.
And then she meets The Girls. Lead by the alluring Suzanne, The Girls effortlessly captivate Evie and shepherd her through a haze of discovery and recklessness on the ranch, and to Russell.
Peppered with bites of the Manson Family history, heartbreakingly good prose and observations that startle with their clarity and freshness, The Girls is the type of book that deserves a cultish following. Put it at the top of your reading pile.