- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition, First Impression edition (16 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784740446
- ISBN-13: 978-1784740443
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Girls Hardcover – 16 Jun 2016
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"A coming-of-age tale like no other … the book of the summer" (Grazia)
"Stunning…thrilling… A spectacular achievement" (The Times)
"This book will break your heart and blow your mind" (Lena Dunham)
"The read of the summer" (India Knight Sunday Times)
"A tense and claustrophobic read" (Stylist)
"Taut, beautiful and savage, Cline’s novel demands your attention" (Guardian)
"An exhilarating read" (Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing)
"Darker than anything Gone Girl had to offer" (Shortlist)
"A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story...spellbinding" (New York Times Book Review)
"An intensely atmospheric story that perfectly captures the aching loneliness and longing of a teenage girl." (Sarra Manning Red)
"One of the best novels I've read about female adolescence... And as with so many novels about cults, The Girls is set to inspire a cultish devotion all of its own" (Evening Standard)
"A joy to read… Intense, clever, beautiful" (Sunday Times)
"Brimming with intelligence and ideas… Buy it for the Mansonesque plot but savour it for its insights" (Irish Times)
"I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language." (Mark Haddon)
"The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novel -- imposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time" (Richard Ford)
"If the cult story and adolescent rite of passage are familiar tropes, what truly distinguishes this remarkable debut novel is its lush, beautifully calibrated prose, which captures the drug-fuelled squalor of the chaotic ranch and the uncertainties of youth… Brilliant." (Simon Humphreys Mail on Sunday)
"Emma Cline’s first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. THE GIRLS announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction." (Jennifer Egan)
"Set to be the biggest literary debut of the summer, you'll soon be seeing its retro cover everywhere... Cline perfectly captures the spirit and nuances of female adolescence" (Refinery29)
"Heart-wrenchingly nostalgic… Brings the details of girlhood rushing back... new voice in American fiction" (Stylist)
"Precisely, gorgeously written… What sets the book apart is its exquisitely forensic portrait of what it is to be a young woman." (Alice Jones Scotsman)
'Spellbinding . . . A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson, told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry ...' (The New York Times Book Review)
'Debut novels like this are rare, indeed. . . . The most remarkable quality of this novel is Cline’s ability to articulate the anxieties of adolescence in language that’s gorgeously poetic without mangling the authenticity of a teenager’s consciousness.' (The Washington Post)
'Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. She reminds us that behind so many of our culture’s fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind.' (Lena Dunham)
'I don’t know which is more amazing, Emma Cline’s understanding of human beings or her mastery of language.' (Mark Haddon, New York Times bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, if your definition of a beach read does not involve cults and murders, then you might prefer to not bring this book along. On top of this, if your idea of a holiday read does not involve a lot of introspection and analysing and should, instead, contain quick-paced plotting, then I might suggest scheduling The Girls for another time.
The novel’s cult and with a charismatic leader element is based on Charles Manson and his Family made of young women, who all became infamous for the murder of Sharon Tate and four other people in the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles. While this is probably the book’s main selling point (I’ve read countless articles as to why this still holds the public’s interest), there is a reason why the book is entitled The Girls.
The main protagonist is Evie Boyd, fourteen years old and in the middle of multiple crises — the boy she has a major crush on has left the city with his pregnant girlfriend, her only friend does not want to be friends with her anymore, and her parents have divorced, leaving her with a mother who was neglecting her with parental attention and affection as she tries to cope with her husband (Evie’s father) leaving her for his twenty-seven-year-old secretary.Read more ›
Now I've finished it I can't get it out of my head. It's one of those books in which the characters have such depth and are so well drawn that they completely get under your skin and stay with you long after you've stopped reading.
Emma Cline is very good on the voice inside the head that gives commentary to Evie Boyd's life and which makes her - and the questionable choices she makes - so real and believable. She's very good too on Evie being a girl, or the transitioning from being a child to being a girl, and not being really sure about anything, least of all herself. And on the subtleties of a gesture or a word that give them meaning or leave them ambiguous so you see or hear what you want to see or hear. And on places and atmosphere.
There's an undercurrent of darkness running all the way through the book which is always nudging towards a greater darkness but if you keep reading perhaps the current will change. Or maybe it won't.
Emma Cline is an extraordinarily gifted writer. This is the first of hers I've read and one of the best books I've read in a long time.
The tone and setting of the story immediately grabbed me and I found Evie intriguing as a protagonist. Cline evokes the adolescent psyche with finesse and creates a believable, detailed world in which to tell her story. I followed the story easily - undeterred by the hops around in time and place - and found it compulsively readable... however, I have to agree with some of the other comments here: not a whole lot ACTUALLY happens.
Given the hype surrounding this debut - some of which is certainly deserved, due to Cline's naturally engaging prose - I had expected more suspense in the narrative. Ultimately, it is easy to comprehend fairly early on what happened, however I continued to hope (until the last page!) for some kind of additional twist, turn or tangent. In this regard, I confess I was disappointed. Not a patch on some other coming-of-age pack-mentality page turners (Secret History fans will agree).
Read it for the writing, rather than the rush.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I first read the reviews of this book (whilst it was still a hardback), I knew that I would gravitate towards it sooner or later. Read morePublished 9 days ago by CharlesA
Emma Cline's first novel The Girls is narrated by Evie Boyd, the granddaughter of famous but unnamed actress who, now in late middle-age and working as a live-in aide, has found... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Joanne Sheppard
I was slightly disappointed in this book-having lived through the 60's and hearing of the Charles Manson killings as they happened. Read morePublished 17 days ago by suzanne churchill
To dismiss this book as simply another female coming-of-age story would be hugely unfair. The Girls features absolutely stunning prose that captures the dreamy end of the sixties... Read morePublished 17 days ago by sellitlikeitis
An interesting read , enough to finish the story but I felt it a little disjointed in places . Read for our book club . Read morePublished 18 days ago by bunster
Underwhelming. Don't get me wrong it was an easy read, I finished the book during a long weekend it Spain, but it did nothing for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nippa82