Emma Cline's debut novel, set in lush, 1960s California, chronicles the desperate heartache of being 14 - wanting to be somebody, wanting to belong to somebody - through the eyes of Evie. Over the course of the summer, as Evie is drawn into a Manson-like cult, we watch as she learns the lesson all women know to be true: it's dangerous to be a girl.
In her retelling of the classic "Snow White," Oyeyemi explores the racial politics of America, the complicated role of motherhood, and our obsession with appearance. The resulting story is beautiful and unsettling and gets under your skin.
You'll always remember the time in your life when you read this book.