Book Review- The Girls by Emma Cline

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Title: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Genre: Fiction

As I said in a previous post this book had me sucked in, hook, line and sinker, I’m actually a bit upset that it’s now finished. I personally could have kept reading this book even if it was double the amount of pages that it was (355 to be exact!).

Main character Evie is a young girl that is trying to find her way in the world, trying to discover what life is about. Her best friend Connie is your typical teen, showing off to boys, reading teen mags and not much else. Evie yearns for more…

That “more” shows up in the form of Suzanne and crew. One day Evie is sitting in the park and notices Suzanne, she is not stanning but stands out to Evie, her clothes, her hair, her demeanor, it’s exhilarating. After that day all Evie wants is to run into Suzanne again and she does. In a shopping trip she runs into Suzanne, whom is getting kicked out of a grocery store because of stealing in the past, Evie sees this as her chance and purchases Suzanne her toilet paper.

Not long after Evie has a fight with her mother, and is peddling along on her bike when it’s chain breaks and she’s so angry, in tears, on the ground. When a van pulls up, out pops one of Suzanne’s crew, Donna. Evie is shuffled into the van along with her bike and driven out to a commune, a bit dirty, a bit chaotic… Evie is fascinated by the carefree life that is lived out by this crew.

This group of carefree are headed by the leader that is Russell. I wannabe musician that puts a spell on all whom he comes into contact with. With all the right words, the right touches, Evie has the spell cast upon her.

This is a story about the girls of the Manson cult and how they were under a spell, obviously it’s not excuse but it’s fascinating to think anyone can be so hooked that they feel they have to follow someone whom is so obviously messed up.

It follows Evie before the murders, during the murders and after the murders and how she felt about them and how even after she still held a special feeling for Suzanne, that same buzz.

A fascinating read that was a stand out debut novel for Emma Cline, I’m really interested in where her writing is headed from here, however I highly doubt “The Girls” can be topped!

Rating: 4 and a half stars out of 5!

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Bellabox Feb 2017 review.

Bellabox is a monthly beauty subscription box that has a range of samples of beauty products included for the subscriber to try out and see if they’d purchase any of the full sized products! I’ve been a subscriber on and off over the years, it’s good but I think it could be better. Anyhow lets check out the Feb box…
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The February box was themed “beauty inside out”!

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Because after Christmas and New Year we probably need to work on the inside to look beautiful outside!

Firstly it included 4 samples of Twinings Morning Tea sachets, these are available in 4 limited edition designs by inspiring Australian Woman. Those woman are Nicole Kidman, Carrie Bickmore, Emma Freedman and Samantha Harris.
The reason behind these limited designs is that one will remain on the shelves after a vote is taken place and 10c from every pack will go towards the inspiring woman’s charity of choice.
To take place in voting go to twinings.com.au and vote for your favourite design and charity!
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An interesting product in this box was the eye majic instant eye shadow, it’s basically a stick on eyeshadow. Kind of. It’s a patch you place on your eyelid, hold for 4 seconds and slide off and dah dah you have eyeshadow! It reminds me of those stick on tattoos children use, and i’m really freaked out by it. I can’t do eyeshadow, I just end up looking like I blobbed eyeshadow in my eyelid creases and didn’t put any effort in but I don’t think these will chance my mind. I would feel like a pre teen using these! A big no-no Bellabox!

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A favourite of mine in this box is NYX Baked Blush, the shade I received is Spanish Rose and it’s a subtle pink shade that will provide a sheer finish or can be built up stronger for a more intense look. I love blush because it gives my skin some colour so no doubt will be breaking out this blush a lot in the future.

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Another favourite in this box is a sample of Cetaphil Oil Free moisturising lotion. Cetaphil is a great brand for those with sensitive skin, it doesn’t irritate and is Fragrance free. I’ll be using this one under my make up to keep my skin moisturised and a big plus is the SPF 30!
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There is 2 Klorane products in this box, a shampoo with Quinine and B vitamins and a conditioner with pomegranate. What is Quinine? It seems to be some plant. The shampoo is meant to help with thinning hair and hair loss. I won’t be trying these two as I have used Klorane products before and had a reaction that felt like my head was burning and it was incredibly itchy. It lasted for weeks and it was caused by a shampoo. Not Happy Jan!
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Take care of your skin with the sample of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 50+. Given the amount of time I’ve spent in the sun lately i really should be using a sunscreen with a high SPF rating so it’s like BellaBox read my mind or my skin should I say! I use Neutrogena facial washes and they seem really good so hopefully this doesn’t disappoint. It says its light weight and non-greasy so that sounds pretty fantastic to my skin. I hate sunscreen that makes it look like you just rubbed oil all over your face, that’s not an attractive look!
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The last product is two AVON Anew Youth extending creams. With Ocean extracts Of micro- algae and sea grape this product repairs the invisible damage that occurs under the skin, helping to fight skin ageing and is said to target up to 9 years of damage. That means I should start to look like a teenager if I use this product! What I wouldn’t give to look like a teenager again.
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That concludes the Feb box, some goodies, some not so great. The only issue I have with Bellabox is that sometimes it’s a little bit repetitive, and where is the fun in trying the same products months in and months out.
If it all sounds pretty great to you and you’d love to give Bellabox a go, pop on over to bellabox.com.au and for $17.95 a month you’ll receive 5+ beauty samples to try!

These are my own opinions and images, I was in no way sponsored by bellabox for this post.

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Currently… The week that is Feb 20-26!

Lately I’ve been wracking my brain about what to write about and I thought why not do a round up of what i’m up to this week, what i’m currently doing, reading and thinking!

I’ve got a few other ideas in the works as to what to publish on this blog so keep an eye on what is coming! Lots of different things that I’ve never tried before!
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Back to this week…
Currently reading- The Girls by Emma Cline
This book seems to have a lot of hype behind it, everywhere I look someone is reading it so when I saw it at the library I thought i’d check it out. (Continuing with the hype it’s already got a hold on it which means someone is wanting to read it after me!).
It’s the debut novel by author Emma Cline, a story that follows young Evie whom comes across this entralling dark haired young lady, Suzanne and a group in a park one day, Evie is hooked. She cannot wait til the next time she sees this lady, she’s captured by not only how she looks but how she dresses, how she carries herself. The next moment she spots Suzanne is at the supermarket, Suzanne just wants toilet paper, the shop owner starts screaming telling Suzanne to get out, she’s banned from stealing. That right there should be a warning sign that Suzanne is not someone to get mixed up with however Evie is still hooked and purchases the toilet paper for Suzanne! Evie is picked up by the group of girls one day when her bike has broken down, she is then taken by bus to meet the group leader Russell!
I’m not that far into this book but it’s interesting, it’s based on the story of the women behind Charles Manson so it’s about to get really interesting!

Also reading this week- Frankie magazine March/ April issue
I especially loved the story on the kids and how they respond things in this world. The girl with the brother that tells her about “the man that comes in your sleep” made me laugh. That poor kid!
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Currently listening too…
Tegan and Sara and The Darkness!
Need I say more, Do I ever listen to much else, also with the tours coming up I can barely contain my excitement.
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Currently Learning… Don’t trust people, some people are just users that will kick you to the wayside when you stop putting their bins away! What the? Seriously when you do nothing all day and can’t put your bins in, i’m sorry you are just lazy!

Currently Loving…
The Piggie Girls! Thumper, Harley and Bambi! I might do a post on the guinea pigs because there is a bit of a story behind them. They all have different personalities and that baby in the middle, Harley, is not a fan of letting anyone sleep. It’s all wheek, wheek, wheek!
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Currently Missing…
Granddad. Sometimes I think of something he said or whether he’d be proud of things i’ve done and I just think it’d be cool if he was still around.
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Currently Winning…
The novel “A Street Cat Named Bob” and a double pass to see the film!
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As soon as I heard about this story I wanted to read and see the movie so I was thrilled to win this prize. I won through Hachette books facebook page, the question was why does your pet make you happy (or something along those lines), I posted a picture of Thumper and wrote about how she always makes me smile and does silly things!

What are you up to this week? What are you reading? What’s this weeks lesson you’ve learnt?