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…Read more.
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Emma Cline: The Girls Audio Book Summary
Being a teenager is a literary topic that many people often approach, you can see in the current film, Emma Cline on this occasion has been inspired by the famous case of the massacre perpetrated by Charles Manson, who had at his complete disposal a whole sequence of Girls One of the protagonists of The Girls is Evie and her faithful friend Connie, both 14, Evie’s parents are separated and she has lived with her mother since the breakup. Evie is going through a typical facet of rebellion, she hates spending time at home and does not want to obey any rules, every moment seems appropriate to show the world how much she despises.
One day, Evie looks at a group of girls with a misaligned appearance who seem to radiate happiness everywhere, looks closely at them and finds that she can not look away. This story is about how you approach your sect and how it will affect your life, your mind eventually.
The story is told from the point of view of Evie herself, however part of two crucial moments; The first time he met the girls of that almost 50 years ago and now, years after the events happened, after being marked by the shadow of death and cried a lot of tears. Now with more years above tells us his story with parsimonious calm and detail as he spends his life in a house borrowed by a couple of friends.
For Emma Cline what really matters are the girls, the families they come from are dysfunctional and are seduced by a spiritual leader who plays the role of guru, a man named Russell who has them almost hypnotized under his command. Suzanne is the one who has the role of leader, there is a girl named Evie, has a beautiful appearance and delicate features, however his will is submitted to Russell. Guy is the second man of Russell, an unscrupulous person, but faithful to his master, there are more people who do not think and only obey and a few children too, who are alone to steal or beg. Tormented souls who take refuge in a chaotic environment.
Russel is not the character on which the novel unfolds, it is only a secondary character. The real protagonists are the girls, Evie’s past and the one of her friend Connie intends the reader to notice the feelings of the young before letting herself be seduced by Suzanne and also be part of the group.
Evie’s obsession with Russel or the group is with Suzanne, the girls’ leader, for the sweet Evie Suzanne’s eyes represent hope and freedom.