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The Girls // Sophie's Book Club Book Review

Friday, 5 August 2016

No I haven't started a book club just for me, nor is it full of Sophie's, my blogger friend Sophie started up her own book club and along with a couple of other fab ladies we've been reading The Girls for July. The thing I love about book clubs and things like this is that normally they aren't the kind of books I'd usually read. Now reading the blurb for The Girls I wasn't that excited I will admit, however there was a lot of anticipation and excitement from others so I thought I'd just go ahead and try it out. Besides it was the first book of the club and I wanted in on the fun! [Warning: Spoilers]

California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life.... - Goodreads

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. There were a number of times I really wanted to put the book down after been incredibly disturbed and annoyed, which I think is the intention, however I wanted to finish it to talk about it with the club so I persevered. It was really hard to continue reading the sexual scenes while remembering that the main character was only fourteen at the time. I don't recall ever really reading anything that involved scenes like these, I guess I usually read more easy going teen books.

To be quite honest after reading what this book was meant to be about I was amazed at how easy it was to read compared to other books with similar stories. I flew through it despite the few moments I wanted to chuck it across the room. The way it was written was easy to read however I found myself skipping over parts that I felt weren't really important to the story. The overall cult type dynamics at the ranch was interesting and while I wasn't really fond of the way Suzanne and most of the ranch residents treated Evie I was glad for Evie that she finally had a place she felt she belonged.

The whole lot kind of reminded me of a serious version of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt... but ya know before she escaped. It's apparently got a lot of hype surrounding it and there's also talk of a movie but I wasn't that convinced giving it 2.5/5 stars.

August's book is Ctrl, Alt; Delete by Emma Gannon so if you'd like to join us head on over to the Goodreads page!

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