Author: Alison Umminger
Title: My Favourite Manson Girl / American Title: American Girls
Pub Date: June 7th, 2016
It is a very average book. It is written as if it says about some major life dramas, but it is not. Some parts are very poetic or philosophical but those parts don’t make much sense in the story. The story is poorly constructed. Events and characters are presented in a mediocre way. You don’t really know them, in some books not truly knowing characters works, but not here. I felt like some plot parts were introduced and never really explored.
I think introducing part about the Manson Killings and Manson girls was meant to create some kind of twisted parade between those events and the current America and live of teen girls. I don’t see it, I don’t think Manson plot did anything for the book. Oh well, I’m wrong. It makes it sound interesting in in a blurb, the possibility of some thrilling story with Manson killings in the background. But it’s not it. Manson killings seem to just be an excuse to write the book, but after some thinking the author decided that maybe writing about then killing themselves was cliché or something, so she puts life of a teen girl as a main plotline.
Overall, the story is about summer of Anna. She took her mother’s partner credit card number and booked herself plane ticket to LA where her sister lives. In a weird circumstances she is made to say in LA the whole summer and work to pay back for the ticket and get herself a new ticket to get back home. She ends up researching Manson family for film producer (who is also her sister’s ex-boyfriend) and hanging out on a TV series set.