This review is spoiler-free.
Plot: The book follows Evie struggling to find her place when she finds herself drawn to a group of girls; the girls are in Charles Manson’s cult. A quote about the plot from the Goodreads page says: “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.”
Overall: I was super stoked to read another book about a cult after absolutely loving The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly last year. Unfortunately, this was a case of what I wanted wasn’t what I got. I did enjoy the atypical coming of age story. I think deciding to a back-and-forth narration weakened the story; it would have been stronger being in either perspective, though I’d prefer her younger self’s. The writing just felt wonky at times.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.