The Girls

Men, you need to read this; you will understand women better. Women, when you read this, you will see yourself in its pages.

This book eloquently familiarized me with the thought-swirl in one young lady's head... and made me more compassionate for the women in my life. And it's a page turner.

Buckle up because this #BriansBookClub pick is an infamously seductive coming of age story. The first novel from millenial writer Emma Cline, #TheGirls is heralded as one of the best books of 2016. The @nytimes says Emma “gives us the fictional truth of a girl chasing danger beyond her comprehension, in a Summer of Longing and Loss.” - Make this your summer read.

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.

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