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The Girls
The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
Girlstheir vulnerability, strength, and passion to belongare at the heart of this stunning first novel for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egans 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, chargeda 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 girls life when everything can go horribly wrong. Emma Clines remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fictionand an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.Advance praise for The Girls The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novelimposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time.Richard Ford Emma Clines 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 dont know which is more amazing, Emma Clinesunderstanding of human beings or her mastery of language.Mark Haddon, New York Times bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. She reminds us that behind so many of our cultures fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind.Lena DunhamFrom the Hardcover edition.
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MrBook
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This was tonight‘s selection for my library‘s #HughesUnitedBookClub 😁! It received *very* mixed reviews! Some members loved it, some didn‘t even finish it, some thought it was meh. *That* makes for a fun and dynamic book club conversation 😂👏🏻! Good times.

#LitsyLovesLibraries

Pogue Our book club read it and I thought it was Meh too. I thought that it would be more about the women in the story. 3d
Rachel.Rencher What did you think? I really liked it! 3d
MrBook @Rachel.Rencher , I gave it 4-stars! 3d
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CaroPi This is one of my few DNF books. I don't feel any desire to finish it 3d
TheLudicReader I really liked this one. 2d
Peddler410 I‘m in the didn‘t even finish category 2d
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Becker
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Lots of mixed feelings on this book and I can understand why, but I liked it. We have all wondered how someone can get themselves tangled up in a cult. Well here is a story about how that might happen. I thought it was well worth reading.✔️

KarenUK I loved it.... 💕 1mo
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britt_brooke
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DAY 4 #GirlGoneWild | Fourteen-year-old Evie longs to be seen. In late 60s California, she links up with some carefree girls and their charismatic leader; essentially a novelization of the Manson Family. I liked this, but I read it prior to reading any actual Manson true crime. Not sure how I‘d feel about this now that I‘ve read a few.

#MOvember
@Cinfhen

AnansiGirl I almost chose Girls for today‘s hashtag. 1mo
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t try it again. I had read a lot about Manson and thought The Girls was really weak. 1mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Yeah, I don‘t think I‘d like it now. I‘d rather read about the real thing. 1mo
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Exbrarian
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Mehso-so

A thinly veiled fictionalization of the Manson family murders from the point of view of a 14 year old girl that was a part-time “cult“ member. The writing is VERY pretentious. At least once every couple of pages I was shaken out of the narrative by “creative“ word choices. Nearly a pan. I can't recommend it.

mcipher I couldn‘t get even halfway through. The writing style just didn‘t work for me. 2mo
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Cweeeevs
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Pickpick

After seeing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and listening to Karina Longworth's 'You Must Remember Manson' podcast, a friend recommended this book with high praise, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm in awe of Emma Cline's compelling, perceptive prose. Cady McClain's thoughtful narration really immersed me in teenage Evie's heightened world. Her interactions with a host of vivid characters are, at times, stark and horrifying. An absolute pick!

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Emilymdxn
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@Weaponxgirl would you like to join in? Seven covers that speak to you in seven days and tag some folks, no need to explain your choices!

Cathythoughts Nice ✨✨✨✨✨ 3mo
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Cweeeevs
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"I could see she was nervous with my eyes on her. I understood the worry. When I was that age, I was uncertain of how to move, whether I was walking too fast, whether others could see the discomfort and stiffness in me. As if everyone were constantly gauging my performance and finding it lacking."

This book is so well written. It's really smart and evocative. I'm loving this #audiobook so far!

Ruthiella I loved this one. She got me as a teenager (though thankfully I did not join a cult!). 3mo
Cweeeevs @Ruthiella I know exactly what you mean! I'm so surprised at the mixed reaction to this because I think it's really excellent! 3mo
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Nicki_McCall
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Bailedbailed

I end up bailing on a lot of books that might turn out to be good.If a book hasn't grabbed me in the first twenty pages I give up on it.Unfortunately, a lot of books start out really good but then get sucky half way through. I gave up on this one after about seven pages.

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KarenUK
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Cinfhen Good choice!! I agree, something haunting about this one 3mo
TheLudicReader Great book. 3mo
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Verity
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Creepy and atmospheric, I didn‘t like anyone in it but it‘s incredibly readable. Best read if you know a bit about the Manson murders and late 60s California/Hollywood/America

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Amor4Libros
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Bailedbailed

This book started as promising but halfway through I found myself wanting for something to happen and daydreaming about my TBR.

Megabooks I didn‘t like this book. Definitely overhyped! 3mo
Amor4Libros @Megabooks I have always been wanting to read it and a friend recently read it and loved it so I decided to take the plunge. I was liking it, but then I was at 50% and felt like it was not progressing. 3mo
LibrarianRyan This book sucked so hard. I would have never finished it if it wasn‘t a booclub read. 3mo
LapReader Boo club 😂 when you hate the BookClub book @LibrarianRyan 3mo
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cherinium
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I listened to this one. I wouldn't say I loved this book, but I did enjoy it. I'm intrigued by the psychology involved in cults. I thought this was a pretty realistic look at how an insecure girl's desire for acceptance could make her vulnerable. The prose was insightful but sometimes a bit too "flowery". #audiobook #audible #cult #cultmentality #commune

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KarenUK
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#AyUpAugust #toomuchtooyoung
Probably because it‘s fresh in my mind after seeing the new Tarantino movie, this prompt made me think of all the underage girls at the Spahn ranch where the infamous ‘Manson Family‘ resided.

This novel has mixed reviews on Litsy but I‘m one of the ones who loved it. The writing is gorgeous and the story of this infamous place and the events of 1969, told through the eyes of 14 yr old Evie, was so compellingly told.😳

Cinfhen Great choice and fabulous collage. How was the movie???? Should we go see it or wait for home release?? 4mo
Cinfhen And I liked this book too!! 4mo
KarenUK @cinfhen I‘d say see it in the theater if you can.... I loved this movie! It‘s such a love letter to Hollywood...And Brad and Leo are at the absolute top of their games.... plus the soundtrack is as awesome as you‘d expect. And no spoilers, but it has elements of an alternative history (thank goodness!) 4mo
squirrelbrain This is another book I haven‘t read, but sounds so good! ❤️ 4mo
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Clwojick
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@jb72 Here‘s one of my favourites so far. Walmart was a great location for the #UglyLocationChallenge. I must‘ve taken 15-20 photos there. Security probably thought I was a nut! 😂

Skyrimir I wish my Walmart still had a book section! They changed it to 1/4 of an aisle and it rarely has anything new. :o 4mo
jb72 That was is pretty good! 4mo
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Ms_T
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Although it‘s received mixed reviews on Litsy, I really enjoyed this book. It‘s the story of the pressures teenagers find themselves under and how that can lead to hero-worshiping and some really bad decisions. The writing style is lovely and the story draws you in. Told in two different time perspectives which gradually pull the plot together, and there‘s an ending that‘s very satisfying ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB I thought it was a good read 👍🏻 4mo
Ms_T @TrishB It‘s nice when something exceeds expectation 😃 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was meh for me.... 4mo
Chelsea.Poole I quite enjoyed this one as well 😊 4mo
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Jwagstaffe
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Pickpick

I have been listening to a fabulous podcast ‘You Must Remember This‘ about the drama of the golden age of Hollywood. The Manson murders come up a lot so I was intrigued to read a different take on it. And it certainly was intriguing. Lots of detailed descriptions set the mood of the time. The main character is fascinating and while I think there are parts of her we can all relate to, she was not a sympathetic character which can be frustrating.

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DogHairDontCare
The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline

😍“...Girls are the only ones who can really give each other close attention, the kind we equate with being loved. they noticed what we want noticed, and thats what I did for Tamar, I responded to her symbols, to the style of her hair and the clothes and the smell of her L'air Du T emps perfume, like this was data that mattered, signs that reflected something of her inner self. I took her beauty personally“

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pasiphae_reads
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#30JuneBooks

Day 17: #bluebooks

Two of these books will be first time reads (Girl Online and The Girls), and one will be a favorite re-read (TFiOS)! 😋

@howjessreads #thegirls #girlonline #tfios

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IndoorDame
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Pickpick

The language in this is deceptively simple. While it‘s an easy read, Cline has a gift for vivid imagery and detail. I saw every character and setting of this story in full color! And it made this fictionalized telling ring very true.

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arlenefinnigan
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BarbaraBB Oh Yeah this was Californication! 6mo
gradcat Great choice! 🥰 6mo
Cinfhen Clever choice 🤘🏼 6mo
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Jemgirl2014
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Panpan

What the hell did I just read? No. Just No.

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Jemgirl2014
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Reading this one because I saw Liza and Chelsea from that TV show " Younger" poring over it during a short preview of season six. I've always been a sucker for product placement. ? About the book...not grabbing me so far. I'm kind of bored. Hope it gets better.

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Fridabird
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Mehso-so

I totally would have joined a cult if I were a teenager in the 70s 🤦‍♀️

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imabusybee
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Pickpick

Mixed reviews on this one but I liked it.

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imabusybee
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Started this over the weekend.

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suvituulix
Girls | Emma Cline
Mehso-so

3/5

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Another coming of age story, this time written from the perspective of a groupie of a Charles Mason inspired figure. Not bad. I wanted it to be darker though. Especially given the subject matter.

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squirrelbrain
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#badgirls
#anglophileapril

Where they bad, evil, misguided, naive or something else?

Cinfhen Good choice!!! I liked this book, although others did not. 8mo
IamIamIam I really enjoyed this too! It was a great audio but I could see it being repetitive in print. 😁 8mo
Mdargusch Great description- I‘m intrigued. 8mo
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Reviewsbylola Great choice! I was one of the ones that did not like this book. 8mo
Rachel_nyc @Reviewsbylola I didn‘t like it either but perhaps it had to do with my expectations. I feel like they marketed it as something it wasn‘t. 8mo
emilyhaldi I agree!! @Rachel_nyc I had very different expectations and was sorely disappointed 😏 8mo
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Kimbono
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Pickpick

I know this got mixed reviews but I really enjoyed the writing.

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Amandakay
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Pickpick

Saturday mornings are for reading ❤️

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ckonicek
The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
Mehso-so

I thought the perspective of this book was interesting and really shines a light on how young girls and women have so much pressure on them and can do anything to feel like they fit in with a group. What I did not like about this book was that it was way too spot on to Charles manson's story.

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Minispok
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Starting this one for #botm pick
#LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #ReadingChallenge

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MelissaSue81
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Bailedbailed

I‘m bailing on this one for now. Just really not enjoying the writing style at all.

BarbaraBB I‘m glad you did. I was so disappointed in this one! 10mo
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MelissaSue81
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Alright Littens.. I need some help/honest opinions. Is this book with reading? Also.. do you think it would count as Historical Fiction for #readingwomenchallenge? I‘m like 75ish pages in and im not loving it and the reviews are meh. Thinking of bailing and reading something “just because” because I‘m feeling a little bogged down in commitments right now. But it‘s also seeming like a fast-ish read and maybe I should just finish it?

MistyNichole I loved it, but I wouldn‘t label it historical fiction. It‘s an interesting read when paired with Helter Skelter. 10mo
BookishMarginalia I honestly HATED it. No, it‘s not historical fiction. And the writing style just plain annoyed me. Granted, this is an #unpopularopinion 🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
mcipher I started it and hated the writing style so much I gave up. I‘m not a big fan of the subject matter, either, so it was an easy bail for me. 10mo
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RaimeyGallant I thought the prose was worth reading. It's historical fiction in a way, yes. 10mo
Skyrimir I liked it at the start, but after 1/3 of the way through it really started dragging. I barely got through it! 10mo
mom2bugnbee I bailed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ @BookishMarginalia looks like not such an unpopular opinion after all! 10mo
jessberk13 I bailed too 10mo
irre I didn‘t care for it. 10mo
sammisho It was okay. I finished it and enjoyed it. It was a quick read, but there are much better women empowered historical fiction out there! 10mo
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amb
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Pickpick

The girls tells a tale of a young somewhat neglected girl who falls in with a Manson like cult, and how it effected her both then and as an adult. It parallels Manson almost exactly, so TW for abuse, rape and murder.
Somewhere between a pick and a so-so for me, you see where the story is going but you can‘t really look away. It‘s interesting to see how someone could be taken in by a cult during a difficult time in their life.

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Kimberlone
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#Riotgrams #Day7 #GirlintheTitle

Two #BOTM books I still haven‘t gotten to reading. One of my major 2019 goals is to get completely caught up on my #BOTM backlog.

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Minispok
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Look what came in the mail today! @TheLibrarian
Thank you so much! 😀

TheLibrarian Hooray - glad they made it and enjoy!!! 10mo
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hollylynnbee
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Pickpick

An amazing new spinoff on the Manson murders.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 10mo
hollylynnbee @rather_be_reading thank you so much! 10mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 10mo
hollylynnbee @DebinHawaii I love it here! I wish I would of found it sooner! 10mo
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Clare_H
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Starting 2019 with this one. So far, I like it. Written like a memoir, but it's fiction. I've seen a lot of critique about it being too much like, but not as good as, Helter Skelter, but I never had the Manson obsession so many of my friends did, so my details are sketchy, which works fine for this read.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy! 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 11mo
RaimeyGallant Loved this book. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 11mo
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StephanieGeiser
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Thank you, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for my wonderful Christmas gift! I was so proud of myself for being able to wait until today to open it ... it was the first one I opened before heading out for all of my Christmas festivities this morning. I haven‘t read it yet but I am excited to get started!

#jb #litsypenpals

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!! So happy you haven‘t read it yet!! Merry Christmas 🎅😘🎄💗 11mo
rather_be_reading i loved tht book! 11mo
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Allisontester
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Mehso-so

It was so close to the real events it wasn‘t very impressive to me ::

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Megabooks
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I actually found a quote I like! So far I still think this book is pretty mediocre. #MonthOfRereads

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Megabooks
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I read this when it came out and thought it was lame and overrated. During my #MonthOfRereads, I‘ll see if time has changed my opinion. So far, I was not impressed with the prologue. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BookNerd9906 I felt the exact same way. I was disappointed because I love a good cult book! 12mo
Reviewsbylola Soooooo disappointed with this one! I‘m glad I at least went in with low expectations though, since there were so many negative and lukewarm reviews. 12mo
Megabooks @BookNerd9906 I know the way she handled it wasn‘t good. 12mo
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Megabooks @Reviewsbylola My friends had fairly positive reviews, so maybe I was expecting too much, but I doubt I would‘ve felt differently going in lower. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
REPollock Couldn‘t finish it. I thought everyone was a shitbag. 12mo
Megabooks @REPollock I don‘t blame you! I DNFED a lot less in 16 than I do now, so we‘ll see. 12mo
BarbaraBB @REPollock You‘re so right. As far as they even had a character! For me this was such a stupid, empty book. Kudos for rereading @Megabooks 👍 12mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Thanks! 👍🏻 12mo
Purrfectpages I read this and also felt it was overrated. 12mo
Megabooks @Purrfectpages Exactly! My library has 10(!) copies and none were checked out! Shocker 🙄 This is for a small city. Example of another popular author - Liane Moriarty books generally have 3-4 copies. 12mo
Purrfectpages @megabooks I feel like it was a big deal a few years ago or I wouldn‘t have given it a chance. A lot of critics favorites are not mine though. 12mo
Megabooks @Purrfectpages Yes, there were a lot of people crazy about it. I just don‘t get it. I‘ve still got 89% to go on my reread, but I doubt I‘ll change my mind 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
Purrfectpages @megabooks I keep trying to remind myself that life is too short to spend on books that aren‘t grabbing me! 12mo
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DoonTheGoon
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Finished up this one tonight... enjoyed it! The writing style is occasionally a bit jarring in my opinion, but never fails to create a wholly tangible sense of the world. I liked the juxtaposition of the past/present, and how the narrator was able to provide insight into her own story.

RaimeyGallant I really enjoyed tuis one, too. 12mo
DoonTheGoon @RaimeyGallant I really didn't expect it to be as suspenseful as it was... and that surprised me in a good way. :) 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm On my TBR.. 12mo
Cinfhen I liked this one.... but it has mixed reviews and yes, Charles Manson was a psychopath 😟 12mo
Billypar @erzascarletbookgasm On my TBR shelf also.. @Cinfhen I didn't even realize this was about the Manson cult! Was thinking just a random one.. 12mo
Cinfhen Charles Manson is in the peripheral but “the girls” are Manson girls and if I recall they do mention/recreate some of the crimes that were committed on CM behalf. I liked the book @Billypar 12mo
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DoonTheGoon
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Finally out of the traffic jam and home for Thanksgiving.
My parents dog is like "Uh... reading!? It's playtime!!!"
Happy Thanksgiving everyone - don't forget the stretchy pants!
#dogsoflitsy

Captivatedbybooks 😂😂😂😂 at the stretchy pants 12mo
DoonTheGoon @Captivatedbybooks An absolute essential. With pockets... so you can sneak extra mashed potatoes. >_> 12mo
Burghbookaddict I just started a load of laundry so I'll have my fave leggings for tomorrow 😁 12mo
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DoonTheGoon @BurghBookAddict Yasss! That's the spirit! 12mo
Captivatedbybooks We do the holidays at my house so i just wear a holiday theme night gown thats $5 at Walmart 😂😂😂 12mo
DoonTheGoon @Captivatedbybooks Omg so cosy!!! Enjoy!!! 12mo
inthegreensandblues That face! 😂💔 12mo
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DoonTheGoon
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Love this quote about love. ♡

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DoonTheGoon
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Working my way through this one... I really like Cline's writing style. So far it's one of those books I think about when I'm not reading, and find myself wishing I had more time for - so that's a good sign! 📖

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Acarreader
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Mehso-so

Ok

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arlenefinnigan
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tpixie New cover! 13mo
Reviewsbylola I prefer this cover to the US one. I didn‘t like this book though. 13mo
Billypar Great dark side of California choice! Still on my shelf- I should get around to at some point...(I do say that a lot though 😳) 13mo
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Cinfhen Great choice, I almost went with Helter Skelter and I‘m one of the few who liked this book, it wasn‘t brilliant but it held my attention 13mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I liked this one, too. 😉 13mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 @britt_brooke 13mo
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