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Publisher's Summary

Girls - their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong - are at the heart of this stunning first novel for audiences of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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.

Emma Cline's remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction - and an indelible portrait of girls and of the women they become.

©2016 Emma Cline (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

" 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)
"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)
"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 best-selling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

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Dark..realistic

I studied the psychology of cult behavior at Michigan State University in the 80s. This book was spot on. It's intriguing. Our vulnerabilities are vulnerable. Our young people are so susceptible.

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Book of the Year

Stunning. A deeply introspective window into what life might look like if we accepted an invitation to exist in the darkest, most honest corner of ourselves. The writing is poetry. I cannot wait to see more from this author.

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Writer Understands that Girls Are Complex Beings

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Insightful into the inner workings of girls' minds

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girls?

The conflicted main character's set-up rang true

Which scene was your favorite?

When the main character exercises her newfound power

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Girls: They're not what you think

Any additional comments?

Nope

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Loved it

Couldn't stop listening. She really transported me into her world. I want more books from Emma Cline immediately.

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Disturbing but great

This book is very disturbing and unbelievable that such horrific things took place. Very well written, great story. I just couldn’t put it down as I wanted to find out what happened next.

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Absolutely Recommend

Some of the voices were a little silly, but wow did I love this story. I'll have to buy the book too, just to have it.

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Fascinating story providing insights into Manson

Very intriguing story. I enjoyed the parallels between Manson Cult and this fictional story. Yes, the book is coming age and reveals girls' desire to 'fit in' and 'belong'. Cline does a great job of painting the picture and showing the reader and not simply just telling the reader.

Girls, provides thought-provoking insights how people can me pulled into a cult and do things they don't want to do, know that its morally wrong, and stay even though a lot of times it feels if they want to 'escape.'

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  • jolene
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good listen

voice gets a little automated sounding. Beside that totally enjoy enjoyable. Wierd perspective to find the glamour in cults

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5 Stars!

Highly recommending this book!

Emma Cline's short and clipped way of writing draws you in and places you in the world she's created. I couldn't stop once I started.

This book is brutal and honest- nothing is sugar coated and can be shocking at times but that's what made the story hard to put down. A really raw point of view on a young girls need to fit in and the feelings and experiences that come with growing up and finding your place.

I listened to the audible version and it added so much to the story- great performance by the narrator!

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excellent

an excellent book that you can't stop. loved it. A must read and we'll read

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