This month we review
The Girls
Emma Cline

Dean says;

Strong writing and fascinating subject matter makes for a fantastic read! Cline has captured the giddy uncertainty of the fourteen year old protagonist Evie, as she falls for the older girls who are part of a ranch cult in the summer of 1969. Loosely based on the Manson ‘family’cult, ‘The Girls’ offers an understanding behind the desires, the influence and the stardom of this startling period in history. A dreamy rollarcoaster, an easy to read story and flowing, striking writing makes for one of the finer releases this year, especially for a debut.
Jane says; 
Our book of the month here at BRTD is Emma Cline's The Girls. Though set in 1969, and loosely based on the Manson gang murders, this is a very current, visceral portrait of what it means to be a girl in this world. The powerlessness, and often the subsequent snatched pseudo-power conjured by sexual currency. The destruction and total sacrifice of self that young girls put themselves through in an effort to be relevant in any way. This book will stay with you for a long time



 This month Amelia reviews
Saving Montgomery Sole

Mariko Tamaki

Montgomery Sole is used to not fitting in with her high school classmates. Being from out of town, having two Mums and a complete disinterest in all things popular culture makes her the target of biting, hurtful comments daily. She takes refuge with her two best friends by investigating all things strange and inexplicable such as ESP, lucid dreaming and hypnotism. None of these are sufficient distraction (including her new ‘magic’ amulet that he has just purchased online) when the son of a famously homophobic preacher starts attending her school.

This is a thoughtful, funny and painfully honest story about family, friendship and ignorance, and Monty’s sardonic observations are incredibly astute and an absolute treat.

Recommended for 12+


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