A coming-of-age tale like no other … the book of the summer
Stunning…thrilling… A spectacular achievement
This book will break your heart and blow your mind
The read of the summer
India Knight, Sunday Times
A tense and claustrophobic read
Taut, beautiful and savage, Cline’s novel demands your attention
An exhilarating read
Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing
Darker than anything Gone Girl had to offer
A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story...spellbinding
New York Times Book Review
An intensely atmospheric story that perfectly captures the aching loneliness and longing of a teenage girl.
Sarra Manning, Red
One of the best novels I've read about female adolescence... And as with so many novels about cults, The Girls is set to inspire a cultish devotion all of its own
A joy to read… Intense, clever, beautiful
Brimming with intelligence and ideas… Buy it for the Mansonesque plot but savour it for its insights
I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language.
The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novel -- imposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time
If the cult story and adolescent rite of passage are familiar tropes, what truly distinguishes this remarkable debut novel is its lush, beautifully calibrated prose, which captures the drug-fuelled squalor of the chaotic ranch and the uncertainties of youth… Brilliant.
Simon Humphreys, Mail on Sunday
Emma Cline’s first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. THE GIRLS announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction.
Set to be the biggest literary debut of the summer, you'll soon be seeing its retro cover everywhere... Cline perfectly captures the spirit and nuances of female adolescence
Heart-wrenchingly nostalgic… Brings the details of girlhood rushing back... new voice in American fiction
Precisely, gorgeously written… What sets the book apart is its exquisitely forensic portrait of what it is to be a young woman.
Alice Jones, Scotsman
With the maturity of a writer twice her age, Cline has written a wise novel that’s never showy: a quiet, seething confession of yearning and terror... Debut novels like this are rare, indeed
‘****… Luxuriant prose… Her storytelling ability began to weave its magic as the narrative builds to a dramatic and horrific climax.
Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express
One of my personal books of the year. Brilliantly evoking the period of the late sixties…her writing gets right into the mind of a teenage girl… I knew this was a writer I wanted to know more about.
Alexandra Shulman, Vogue
She is exceptionally good at capturing the fearful, conflicted sensibility of a 14-year-old girl… The sheer poetic lyricism of her prose is remarkable.
Claire Allfree, Daily Mail
If you are an awkward, cynical person, this kind of hype might put you off, might make you look for flaws. Good luck. The Girls is fabulous... It is almost certainly the book of the summer: it is saturated with colours and the mingled smells of jasmine and decay. It's extremely readable but it has a fringed heart of darkness
She delivers magnificent prose, sentence after sentence after sentence … she is a fantastic writer, her intelligence is extraordinary, with a penetration, an understanding of her subject
The most hyped debut novel of the year – and it fully lived up to its promise.
Geoff Dyer, Observer, Book of the Year
Debut by an author so unmistakably in possession of great analytical intelligence and a gift for spinning theory’s straw into story’s gold.
Laura Gallagher, Literary Review
The Girls stands comparison with Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides… There is a self-aware coolness about Cline.
Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times
An intense evocation of adolescence…absorbing debut.
Lidija Haas, Sunday Telegraph
A tense and claustrophobic read that perfectly and painfully conjures the fragile expectancy of teenage girls.
A hazy, lazy, highly fictionalized but precisely, gorgeously written reworking of the Charles Manson story… The book of the summer.
Cline is extraordinarily good… A beautifully written, consuming story which perfectly captures the mindset of an adolescent girl.
Alice O'Keefe, Bookseller
It triumphantly lives up to the hype
James Walton, Reader's Digest
Cline deftly depicts the pressures that shape life as a young woman… She captures the bonds between women that both sustain and resist the violence of patriarchy… The atmosphere of languorous sun-drenched danger will stay with you for days.
Cline hypnotically unpicks the psyche of a teenage girl… Cool, dreamy and dark debut.
This is a stand-out debut from a hugely accomplished 26-year-old author. It’s beautifully written, completely gripping and perfectly catches a girl on the cusp of adulthood.
Beautiful, heady language and under-the-skin storytelling.
Kerry Fowler, Sainsbury's Magazine
A good shot at becoming the must-read novel of the summer.
Alexandra Allter, Miami Herald
Illuminates the darker side of infatuation under the glare of the Californian sun.
Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist
Vivid, exacting portrait of a vulnerable young girl coming of age.
Fanny Blake, Woman & Home
The strength of The Girls lies in Cline’s ability to evoke both the textures and atmosphere of those painful in-between times… [Cline] is a powerful interpreter of ambiguous emotional vectors, and the catastrophic directions in which they can lead.
Alex Clark, Observer
Cline’s real achievement is not so much the dread-filled journey to the book’s harrowing climax, however, but her vividly drawn central character and how she stumbles from invisible, impressionable bystander to unwitting accomplice… Cline is excellent at capturing the complex negotiations and compromises of girlhood… The Girls is a horror story for our times, a gripping and richly poetic account… Its ambition and reach are immense.
Gary Kaill, Skinny
Vividly reimagines 1960s California… Cline’s portrait of teenage girl-dom is note perfect.
Hannah Shaddock, Radio Times
Dubbed fiction’s most exciting new voice… This page-turner is a powerful insight into the culture of gang mentality… The read of the summer.
Notable for its finely wrought prose, its piercing insight into the teen mind and the gorgeous way it relates terrible things. Read it before the movie is cast…and enjoy Evie for the wonderfully written creation she is’
Gets off to a quietly thrilling start… Her sentences are often strong and lovely, indicative of voice rather than merely of style.
Dwight Garner, New York Times
Mesmerising novel… Impressive book’
Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Express
First the heady language and sensuous descriptions will hook you, then the extraordinary story of free love, intoxication and violence… Remarkable debut… The Girls brims with intrigue… It’s the intimacy and intricacy of Cline’s prose and her sharp sense of humanity that makes the book shimmer with life… The Girls is a spectacular story.
Sun-scorched coming of age chiller… Brutally convincing.
Anthony Cummins, Metro
If you’re only going to pack one book next to your swimming trunks this year, this is the one to go for… [Emma Cline] Has hit a home run with her first swing.
Joshua Burt, Independent
It’s disturbing…but you keep reading.
Wonderfully readable, and acutely observed, this is that rare thing: a beach novel of real substance.
Dan Brotzel, UK Press Syndication
The big holiday read of summer. Find a sunlounger and get started.
Subtly provoking novel… The strength of The Girls lies in Cline’s ability to evoke both the textures and atmosphere of those painful in-between times; the desperate rush to fill an emotional vacuum… Cline has a talent for capturing that uncanniness, the fault lines in our sense of our stability… she is a powerful interpreter of ambiguous emotional vectors, and the catastrophic directions in which they can lead.
Alex Clark, Guardian
Thrilling… Gritty, shocking and ever so readable; more than living up to the hype that greeted its initial sale.
Running in Heels
Wonderfully readable, finely written and acutely observed.
Dan Brotzel, Irish News
One of the pleasures…is its immediacy… The book is a trancelike accumulation of intense adolescent feelings and myopic impressions… The setting is rendered both vividly and delicately… [A] Slender, absorbing book.
Lidija Haas, Daily Telegraph
If you're only going to pack one book this year, make it this one.
This chilling story of fractured innocence is beautifully written in wonderfully descriptive, sometimes dream-like prose. A stunningly powerful, spellbinding cautionary tale.
Deirdre O''Brien, Sunday Mirror
Both in person and on the page Cline is wise beyond her years. I read the book with a biro underlining phrases that I wish I could write. I am no longer jealous, I am just in awe.
Marlanne Power, Irish Independent
'I really enjoyed it... A compelling coming-of-age story... Cline focuses not on the murders themselves, but on the landscape of adolescence, accurately portraying the boredom and lassitude, the yearning and insecurities of that awkward transitional stage... Stunningly written, in fresh, youthful prose, expect to see The Girls on deckchairs, beach towels and best-seller lists over the coming months
Justine Carbery, Irish Independent
Unnervingly perceptive … Part murderous thriller, part meditation on the vulnerability of teenage girls, it’s an exquisite, insightful and chilling read.
Alexandra Heminsley, Pool
Unexpected and brilliant debut novel.
Yaa Gyasi, I-D Vice
An intense evocation of adolescence…absorbing debut novel.
Lidija Haas, Telegraph
As gripping as a thriller, it’s a powerful exploration of hero worship of all kinds, and the shapes into which girls force themselves as they attempt to grow up.
Anna Carey, Irish Times
This year's Miniaturist
Sam Baker, Pool
A fantastic writer, her intelligence is extraordinary
Linda Grant, Radio 4
Gripping novel… Cline’s debut is a real page-turner.
Olivia-Anne Cleary, Reveal
It is the language which elevates the novel to brilliance… Cline takes ordinary words and fits them together in patterns that shouldn’t work but…bring[s] a vibrancy to her prose that captivates.
Not the cheeriest summer read of the year, but it is one of the most powerful… Cline masterfully uses the sultriness of the season to explore the complex negotiations of girlhood.
Highly charged literary debut… Visceral, seductive and delicately seething, Cline articulates the labyrinth anxieties of adolescence and the importance of belonging with a personal, finely tuned prose and a restrained, drip-feed pace that belies her age.
Natalie Rigg, Another
A dark, erotically charged story of seduction, coercion and abuse emerges that has deliberate echoes of the Manson Family massacres in 1969… Cline brilliantly conveys the predatory cultural and sexual forces to which teenage girls are so often vulnerable. And her prose is completely to die for.
The Girls stands apart from other treatments of Manson.
Scotland on Sunday
Gripping, and highly impressive.
Stephanie Cross, Lady
Sumptuous prose… Believe the hype: she’s one to watch.
The Big Issue
The narrative is layered and complex, as even the young Evie seems to be an astute observer of human nature, who does not gloss over the less glamorous details, even in those she loves and admires. Throughout the novel, the fragility of the relationships are laid bare… [An] Immersive experience, both for the reader, and a narrator looking to reclaim some of her most vivid memories.
Conor O'Donovan, Headstuff
A gripping read.
Joannae Finney, Good Housekeeping
Cline brilliantly captures the precise, sultry prose the vulnerable and highly-charged sensibility of adolescence in a hotly-tipped debut inspired by the Manson Family massacre that – for once – justifies the hype.
Claire Allfree, Daily Mail
Eloquent, coming-of-age debut… I was quite sure it could never live up to the hype. How wrong I was… Well-crafted prose… This is a perceptive, insightful and beautifully written book on the often harsh realities of the formative teenage years and a telling truth of what some will do to belong and feel loved. It is a must-read.
Jennifer McShane, Image Magazine
It unsettles and disturbs in unpredictable ways. Above all, Cline is excellent on the female coffee table book adolescent psyche and the ways in which girlhood is so often an act performed for the opposite sex… The end result is gripping, and highly impressive.
Stephanie Cross, Lady
An intense evocation of adolescence…set to be the breakout book of summer. Every page throbs with the threat of violence.
The writing is lush and surprising.
Marisa Meltzer, Vogue
[It is] shockingly assured for a first novel.
Mark Haddon, Guardian
Already I’m hooked… The writing style…is totally engaging – shrewd and observant but with a certain softness. I’ll report back when I’ve finished, but I think this will be a great summer read.
Ruth Crilly, A Model Recommends
The Girls is compulsively readable… A strikingly accomplished debut. Evie’s voice shimmers with vivid metaphorical language… There are some truly breathtaking passages — lush and lapidary and full of startling imagery… A fierce challenge to our received notion of the 1960s as an era of peace signs, protest marches and free love, and [this] adds a note of profundity to this highly impressive first novel.
Alex Preston, Financial Times
Emma Cline's The Girls is so brilliant.
Hadley Freeman, Guardian Weekly
A compelling novel… [A] nuanced and deeply drawn character study of teenage ennui and anger… In luminous prose, the novel maps Evie’s obsessive psyche… A compelling and startling new work of fiction. Ms. Cline brilliantly shows how far adolescent loneliness can push a girl in her desire to be loved.
[A] steamy hit.
[It] is so brilliant… The only thing more perfect about this book than Cline’s woozily dreamy prose is her timing.
Hadley Freeman, Guardian
The Summer read for you... Cline’s gorgeous novel is both stunning and shocking. We dare you not to devour in one sitting
Amie-Jo Locke, In-Style
[A] literary page-turner.
Claire Coughlan, Irish Independent
A startlingly intense, brilliant and brooding debut novel….written with luminous foreboding lyricism.
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard, Book of the Year
[It is] intelligent and thoughtful.
Cline’s portrayal of the fragile teen years and the power they have in shaping the woman you become will resonate with everyone.
Sarah Holmes, Woman's Weekly
Cline’s language…is splendid at conjuring pictures.
Kathy Watson, Tablet
Cline - from California, where the novel is set, has crafted a distinct poetic timbre that devises similes galore to augment the imagery and the protagonist’s insight… Inspired, I look forward to reading more from this highly talented author. I will indeed re-Cline.
Cline’s structure…allows her to apply her acute observations about girlhood to today’s world.
Isobel Thompson, Times Literary Supplement
The summer’s standout debut… A tense, febrile imagining… The Girls is a subtle, restrained and beautifully textured telling of one of pop culture history’s most luridly hideous moments, with a heightened, dreamlike quality that tips irrevocably into nightmare.
I read this in a single sitting a few months back, and it remains my favourite read of 2016. The writing is so beautiful; the sentences perfectly formed, cumulated in a plot that slowly draws you in… Eloquent, perceptive and insightful, you won’t be able to put this one down.
This book was sublime. I read it as the last of the sunshine faded into autumn and I felt transported into 1969 California.
Max and Mummy
[A] clever debut novel… Gripping.
Jan Moir, Daily Mail, Book of the Year
[A] clever debut novel… Gripping.
Jan Moir, Daily Mail, Book of the Year
Undeniably the dazzling fiction debut of the year, this brilliant American novel is a vivid evocation of California in 1969… It is the author’s luminous prose style that excels. Exhilarating.
Tatler, Book of the Year
A spellbinding, supremely evocative coming-of-age story
Deborah Ross, The Times, Book of the Year
[A] compulsively readable debut [which] is a vivid examination of adolescence.
Rebecca Rose, Financial Times, Book of the Year
A fluent, engrossing debut novel.
A Little Bird, Book of the Year
The Californian setting is intoxicating, as laced with sunlight as filth, and its insight into the teenage girl’s mind is extraordinary.
Alexandra Heminsley, Pool, Book of the Year
A book of glistening prose.
RTE Guide, Book of the Year
Believe the hype; it is simply brilliant.
Jennifer McShane, Image Magazine, Book of the Year
A shimmering tale of adolescence and sexual awakening written in prose that aptly feels almost hallucinatory
Claire Allfree, Metro, Book of the Year
A haunting and gripping read.
Irish Country Magazine, Book of the Year
Highly recommended if you’re in need of a good read.
Jennifer Selway, Daily Express
Both shocking and subtle, its real power lies in the exploration of girlhood itself.
Kate Hamer, Big Issue
Brilliantly done… The year is 1969. Evie notices a group of scavenging girls – they belong to a nearby cult. And this cult is horrific. Think of the Manson family… A seriously excellent debut novel.
William Leith, Evening Standard
As Lena Dunham says, it'll both break your heart and blow your mind.
Hannah Dunn, Red Online
Through the story of the Manson family and their brutal crimes, Cline explores the intensity and loneliness of female adolescence with an impressive mastery of language.
Alexander Newson, Upcoming
A superb, chilling novel of doom-laden adolescence.
Simon Sebag, Week
A thrilling, savage exploration of how a teenager gets sucked into a cult led by a Charles Manson figure.
Allison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph
The writing is so beautiful; the sentences perfectly formed, cumulated in a plot that slowly draws you in… Eloquent, perceptive and insightful, you won’t be able to put this one down.
Jennifer McShane, Image
Few books have such a dramatic effect on me but Emma Cline’s stirring debut The Girls is one I’ve never managed to get out of my head… This is a perceptive, insightful and beautifully written book on the often harsh realities of the formative teenage years and a telling truth of what some will do to belong and feel loved. It is a must-read and one that is more than worth sitting down with a second or third time.
Jennifer McShane, Image
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