Margin Notes: The Girls
by Emma Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don't quite know what I was expecting from this book, but not this. And this was a brilliant distillation of girlhood ripe with insightful thoughts about insecurities, disillusionment, the ache to belong to something, loneliness, anger, frustration, fear, loss, starry-eyed worship, disillusionment, and coming of age.
First, this book was incredibly well-written. Emma Cline's language is spot-on. She illustrates feelings, moods, and moments so well that you feel both like you're there, and feel nostalgic for your coming of age because she's so specific in her wonderful descriptions.
Second, I loved how this book was both a character study and plot-driven. The main character, Evie, is somewhat unlikable but her struggle of isolation, anger, and the path to growing up is something most people will be able to relate to. Since the book is loosely based on the Manson Murders, I knew what was coming plot-wise, but the pace felt good--I could tell I was speeding up my reading as we came to the crescendo of the (view spoiler)
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