First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
I highly recommend it!!!
Summary: California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life....
Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.
Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.
And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.
Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?
I have been wanting to read this book for the longest time, but I never actually picked it up. Until I saw it on NetGalley and I didn't have an excuse left. That's a common thing for me.
Anyways, I love this book. I love the whole setting and story. I thought the characters, even though, I can't say that I loved them or even liked them that much, but they were really interesting and so layered. I was really intrigued by them.
The writing. I can't say enough how much I loved the writing. Through the words, I actually felt like I was there, which was exciting and scary as heck. I really can't wait to read more stories by this author, she just has that poetic way of writing..I love it.
The only thing, I had problems with were the switches between the past and the present, that got confusing sometimes. Also the end felt a bit rushed to me, or are there going to be more books?? I still enjoyed it a lot, though.