Happy Wednesday! So today I’m reading, amongst other things, The Girls by Emma Cline.
I’ve been reading so much fantasy and YA lately that I really wanted to return to literary fiction, and I seem to have seen this book everywhere. What really attracted me was how all the recommendations seemed to praise Cline’s understanding of ‘human beings’ (Mark Haddon) and her prose style, as well as her rendering of the common nuances and struggles of relationships between girls. So far it’s definitely had some really striking and relatable phrases, things I definitely remember feeling at fourteen, for example:
‘Girls are the only ones who can really give each other close attention, the kind we equate with being loved. They noticed what we want noticed… I responded to her symbols, to the style of her hair and clothes… like this was data that mattered, signs that reflected something of her inner self. I took her beauty personally.’ (p.34)
‘I waited to be told what was good about me. I wondered later if this was why there were so many more women than men at the ranch. All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you- the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.’ (p. 28)
As for whether I would want to live in that world, given that it’s 1969, I don’t think so. I have to admit that California as a setting drew me to it, but not with the events going on.
So that’s What I’m Reading this Wednesday – how about you? Have you read it? What did you think? Did you relate to parts of the book, too?