just finished

I can't decide if I liked this book or not. It's a solid coming-of-age story set in turbulent 1969 and loosely based on the female followers of Charles Manson. I am not sure if the present day sections really needed to be there.

From the publisher:
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, charged—a 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 girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.


Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

I don't get through nearly as many books as you do, but there is something about being "on the fence" about a book. It's kind of unsatisfying - if I love it or hate it at least there is that. When you don't know, there is less closure or something. It sounds like an interesting read anyhow.

The Gal Herself said...

I used to be fascinated by The Manson Girls. Now I'm repulsed. I think it's because I now know more about Abigail Folger and Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring, whereas back in the day, there was more emphasis on the killers. Anyway, even though it might be very well written, and i feel a real connection to that time in history, I don't think I'll ever pick this book up.