This book started me on a reading slump, because I couldn't relate to the protagonist Evie. Evie's life is changed the day she meets Suzanne, but her inner thoughts and feelings are fill most of the book. We don't learn who the characters are in the cult, and their back story is never explained.
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I was looking forward to a fictionalized exploration into a 'Manson like' cult. Instead I got an in depth examination of Evie coming of age. The cult itself is not the main focus of the book, depraved violence is briefly described but swept away by Evie's reaction to it. I was only just starting to learn how to rig certain information with apology.
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How to mock myself before other people could. Evie finds her way to the Ranch after running away from home, and becoming infatuated with Suzanne. The descriptions of what the ranch was, and how it was run, was sparse. Evie wants to become a part of the group and passively accepts things the way they are, including sexual and physical abuse. Evie imagines the Ranch as a magical escape, so she doesn't describe how it fits in or interacts with the rest of the world well.
Evie's parents are described as well meaning, but neither takes a genuine interest in their daughters well being. The book could have been much shorter, Evie's rambling thoughts were interesting but didn't propel the story. As if the bright flash of your efforts could distract death from coming for you, keep the bull snorting harmlessly after the scarlet flag.
The Girls is a coming of age story with adult themes. Some of the marketing materials describe it as thriller, but this is a slow moving exploration of Evie. The historical setting, led to some interesting descriptions, and served the books atmosphere well. I enjoyed the writing and was able to finish the book, but I was disappointed it didn't live up to the hype. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy contemporary, character driven, young adult books. Book Scoop June June 24 June 24, Do Readers Have Digital Fatigue.
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As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Which was nearly everyone. I did really like Niko. I thought she was a cool heroine, who didn't need to seek anyone else's validation, could take care of herself, and had an unyielding determination to find her lost younger brother.
But I did think she was my favorite character until Norm and Lo were introduced. But the minute they were introduced, Niko kinda got demoted XD. Niko did give some awesome copy that made her a Han Solo for real XD But aint nothing like a powerhouse lesbian couple to shake shit up. There was plenty of conflict. Perhaps too much conflict for just pages though. Sometimes I think conflict was thrown in just to add action, perhaps even when it wasn't always necessary. But I'd rather discuss that later. Not every dystopian book has given me this much diversity in one book. It was unique for that, but I'll bring that up later when I talk up the diversity.
I think the stronger element of the editing side of the book was the formatting. It was formatted well enough not to take a point away for that. The book's strongest element is the diversity. I will most likely offend someone for this, but it was nice to see a book where people of color received more copy, and lines than the white characters. I can only think of two white characters in a sea of characters of color, and to be honest, this is where most dystopian books fail.
How are we supposed to believe only white people survive the apocalypse? Statistically, Blacks, Latinos and South East Asian folk tend to be more likely to suffer from poverty. Yes many overcome these setbacks, but if the world went to shit, I'd say we'd be the most likely to survive.
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I can't speak for all people of color, but my childhood under poverty levels taught me how to survive with very little. While I've managed to live above the poverty line since becoming an adult, I know damn well I'd more prepared than my middle class uppity white boyfriend. Race was never mentioned, but there were a few characters of South East Asian descent because their names? Clearly Vietnamese.
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People of color-Check. A character introduced later is partially blind, with the possibility of a character with a limp. I'd say yea, that got me. There was so much that wasn't left out, that many dystopian books neglect. Guess what? We do make it to the end of the world! I think the title and cover suit the book, but one thing about the cover I didn't connect with. I didn't get the impression that Niko was big breasted or dangerously curvy.
Niko wasnt sexualized too much in the book. I just wonder why she was on the cover. I think the character names were cool.
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Some names stood out more than others, but Im just like that when it comes to ethnic names. I like them better. When you have to think about their pronunciation , they command something from you, that a common name just can not. But I'd say for the most part they suited the characters well. Not every character was described in the detail that Duc was. Duc was my favorite boy in the book, and I know ALOT of Vietnamese dudes, just because I really like dancers, who look like him in my head. Ben I actually thought was white, until I saw a fan cast, so I immediately discarded my initial thought of him.
They were described well enough where I could make up my own mind of them, but maybe I would've liked more. Things I didn't connect with:. I think the editing could've been stronger. The editing effects more than grammar and misspelled words. Some of the developmental editing could've afforded to be stronger as well. Many of the conflicts in the book seemed misplaced, or could have went different directions to capture the reader more.
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Sometimes certain situations told more than showed , so if they were meant to be super climatic, they didn't capture me in the way they were meant to. I'd rather give an example, though I won't go super nitpick crazy. Example: A antagonist named Phin was introduced toward the end of the book to create conflict.
He was the leader of a gang that exploited people for protection. More time was given telling me he was a dangerous guy, that showing me. So when he and Niko were forced with a confrontation, it made me think Niko taking care of him was unnecessary. Mind you, if I'd seen some of his terror, I would've thought that was ok. But just because Niko knows he was dangerous on the outside, doesn't mean the reader will automatically get that vibe just by being told. Some of the backstory on the birth of the world, and the slithers could've taken a paragraph or two more to describe.
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While I did like the world building, I felt as though several times, the story would unfold itself more, only to be more confused about certain aspects of it. I didn't think the editing was perfect.
If that doesn't bother you, I'd still highly suggest the book. You're not going to get a dystopian book that is this diverse in the traditional publishing world. Samira Wiley was my Niko, and Michael B. Jordan as Ben.