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    You may love it or hate it

    received a NetGalley advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is likely to fall into one of two categories for people; love it, or hate it. The writing is very good, if a little indulgent (many overly descriptive moments and large words for no reason); and the story itself is very intriguing, once you get into it. It's comparison to Virgin Suicides is bang on. For me The Girls suffers from its own stylistic nature being boring at the beginning. You need to get at least 25% through before you start to understand the cadence and style of Emma Cline's writing. You are likely to hate this book if you can't stand stories about 'poor little rich girls'. But you will like it if you've ever felt all alone and rejected even though you had a nice room, food always available and money at your reach. Overall I think this book will be widely considered better than it is because of the clever writing style. I wouldn't immediately turn down a book in the future by Cline as there is obvious writing talent there. But I would scrutinize the topic of the plot closely to ensure I wouldn't want to wring the neck of the main character for being a selfish, rude and pitiful girl. I might have forgiven the behaviour if it was only as a teenager. Unfortunately she doesn't learn anything from her adolescent years and is just as despicable as an adult. In the end my low rating is because; no matter how good the writing is, when you can't stand the characters in the novel it's nearly impossible to have any sympathy for them. This book has very realistic characters and reminds me that no one person is without major flaws. I just hope that none of my personal flaws or those of the people around me are as selfish, violent or sexually shameful as those shown by the characters in this book.
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    Cults and Murders in 1960s California

    This is a loosely based historical novel on the Manson Family murders. Evie is an isolated girl growing up in Northern California with divorced parents. After a fight with her Mom she meets members of a cult living on a rundown ranch presided over by a charismatic leader. The members are the first people to really pay attention to Evie and she falls under their spell. The book is told in flashbacks and Evie is still living a very isolated life. Anyone familiar with the Manson story will already know how the book ends. I found the beginning of the book good but the middle started to drag for me and I found the ending to be disappointing. This was just an OK read for me. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
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    Girls Review

    The overall concept and basic plot are both interesting, but while I thought it was an Easy read it also became a bit of a Tedious read... All the hype about being such a great summer read was just that - hype. I thought this book was written in a somewhat pedestrian style with an awkward syntax & rhythm. However, at times it felt like the author tried to make it seem more intellectual by throwing in the occasional "big word" to attempt an affectation of sophistication that was incongruous with the rest of the book.
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    The Girls

    I eagerly waited for this book to come out. I have been intrigued by the Manson stories for a very long time and have read just about everything there is out there on the crimes, Charles Manson and the Manson followers. Unfortunately this book didn't work for me. I had a very hard time getting in to it, I thought it moved very slow and I just couldn't connect with the characters. The story switches back and forth between back then and now and that didn't work for me either.
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    Meh read.

    It was an awkward beginning to get to the core of the story. When it did pick up, it was a good read. Didn't feel sorry for the MC.

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