I did it! I finally read a book this year. Every year I tell myself I want to read more. I really do enjoy reading, it’s something that I fell in love with as a kid, and has stuck with me ever since. However it is something I have to make a conscious effort to do. Once I get into a book it’s easy for me to immerse myself in the story and read for hours. But if I don’t have a book to read I simply forget to get into one. And so this year I made sure to add reading to my list of goals for the year. While I’ve made a slow start, I’ve just got 9 more to read before the end of the year.
My first book choice was one I’ve been wanting to read for a while after seeing an insane amount of publicity for it. The Girls by Emma Cline is on so many reading lists I just had to see what the hype was about. I’ll be straight forward, I have mixed feelings about it. While I would recommend reading it, it wasn’t as good as I had expected. That’s always been a problem of mine. If I hype myself up too much for something and it doesn’t end up meeting my high expectations, I am easily disappointed. That’s how I feel about The Girls, a bit disappointed.
The Girls is set in 1969 from the point of view of 14-year old Evie, a young girl struggling with teenage angst who, in search to find her place of belonging, joins a cult. However she seems to remain along the perimeter of the cult, never fully immersing herself. Cline does a terrific job at capturing female adolescence and the novel was beautifully written with poetic phrases, imaginative metaphors and thorough descriptions. But the character development was lacking and I felt the storyline fell flat. Why keep the main character along the sidelines of a Manson-like cult story? The anticipation of how events would unfold is what kept me interested throughout the book. Snippets of murder and mystery are introduced at the beginning which sucked me into the story and left me eager to find answers of what would happen to Evie, the girls in the cult and Russell, the cult’s leader. Overall, I would recommend reading The Girls, but don’t let the hype get your hopes too high.