Yeah, it's worthy of the buzz.
Emma Cline's "The Girls" is both a coming of age and a coming to terms kind of tale, the story of a young Evie Boyd in the height of San Fran area hippiedom of the early 70s, and of present day Evie Boyd, still struggling to understand her past and a slightly more than transient connection to a cult-like group responsible for a Manson-like murder.
Cline has created a masterful freshman effort with this, her first novel. I can easily get frustrated when I feel like a writer is trying too hard to immerse the reader in a scene with over-descriptive verbosity, and with Cline, there was none of that. She's chosen her words carefully, and you'll either immediately fall into the scene or not. And the characters, ranging from the self-conscious Evie to the freestyling Suzanne and creepily charasmatic Russell, are well-drawn and incredibly easy to imagine.
As far as plot goes ... you can read the full review here.
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