BOOK CLUB: The Girls

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By Chloe Higgins
ISBN: 9781760782238
Review copies courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia.

This is the true story of Chloe Higgins writing about her life after the loss of her 2 sisters  in a car accident from which their father survives.

It is a gut wrenching novel with no holds barred and Chloe strips bare her soul. There is nowhere to hide in this book. Emotions are rampant. Not only does she have to cope with her loss, but she feels she has to take the place of her 2 sisters and also her brother who died at birth and this is a big responsibility.

Her father feels guilty and he wishes he was the one who died and her mother wants to cling to her which is very overwhelming. The reader must be aware that this novel jumps backward and forward in time without any warning but I think it happens this way as it is an honest account of Chloe’s life and how she sees it.

I feel this book is thought provoking in that this grief spans over 14 years as the accident happens when she is 17. It tugged at my heart strings as Chloe is lost and just looking for love from her fractured parents and everyone she meets, whilst also trying to hang on to her sanity.

It is very deep and deals with escapism in the form of drugs, sex sadness, withdrawal and finding oneself. But saying this it does have lighter moments as well.

Even though this book is hard hitting it affected me immensely and I couldn’t read it without  thinking that this could happen to any family. It delves into taboo subjects and nothing is off limits. Kudos to Chloe as she writes a truthful account of her life and omits nothing. I respect her for putting  her life in the pages of a book.

It made me feel that what she wrote was cathartic for her and I hoped it helped her to find her way back to herself.

Even though this autobiography covers subjects that at times I found hard to read, it also made me cry, smile and fall in love with Chloe even though we have never met.

Thank you for your honesty Chloe and for letting me inside your head. I feel this is a book everyone should read.

Review by Christine R.

10 of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading The Girls by Chloe Higgins. Find out what they thought in the comments section below. May contain spoilers.

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Girls

  1. This was powerful
    It’s a book about grief, relationships with parents, drug use and sex work. It’s also about memory, and how grief can play with memory. It detailed the aftermath of a tragic accident, where Chloe Higgins’ two younger sisters died in a car accident – her father was driving the car. Chloe was 17 then, and she writes about her life until 2019.

    It is just one of those books that you really need to read and feel each of the characters….
    I couldn’t put it down.

    The books that have been on offer this year are just brilliant!! Thank you

  2. The Girls by Chloe Higgins is a true story of Choe’s life in the aftermath after a terrible car accident where her Dad was driving and her two younger sisters were killed. The story spans over the 14 years since the accident. It involves how her Dad and Chloe deal with grief. This story involves drugs and prostitution and how Chloe deals with the traumatic events. Thankyou Chloe for a raw emotional and very real memoir. A fantastic book thanks Beauty and Lace

  3. An incredible raw and intimate read. Chloe Higgins has revealed how grief changed her life, relationships and family after her two young sisters were tragically killed in a car crash.
    A unique and open story revealing her grief path which has taken and will take years to heal if ever.
    A life lived but has she really lived the life she wanted!
    Indeed a great read.

  4. The Girls by Chloe Higgins is a very personal and intimate look at the various ways grief manifests itself and how a family deals with tragedy. Chloe brings you into her life after a tragic accident causes the death of her two sisters with her father being involved.

    As her father deals with the aftermath of the accident and looks for answers, Chloe tries to live her life. Time and grief tear at her each day. This is a bravely written and confronting story. It is heart wrenching, but very well written.

  5. Wow, thank you Chloe Higgins for writing this book. Beautifully written, thought provoking and honest. I struggled to put it down and cried through much of it. It is a must read for all.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Pan McMillan Australia..

  6. Thanks so much to beauty and lace and pan macmillan for the opportunity to read The Girls by Chloe Higgins.

    What a book! Well written and hits you right in the feels, The Girls is the sad story of a sister surviving after the death of her sisters in a tragic car accident.

    Chloe has written about the grief after such an unimaginable tragedy, and shows us the real side of grief- grief isn’t just crying and depression, it can be so many other things- alcohol, drugs, mania, anger, confusion and in Chloe’s case even prostitution.

    This book is one of those awesome books that opens your eyes to tragedy and makes you sympathise and understand what grief and death can do to individuals. Through Chloe’s writing you can feel her frustration in her situation, and it gives you a stark reminder to be more understanding and caring to others as you never know what they are going through.

    The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it isnt in chronological order which can make it at times confusing. But otherwise this was a great read and I highly recommend reading it.

  7. I read this book in a couple of days as I couldn’t put it down
    Raw , emotional , funny , sad
    It had me feeling every emotion there is as I turned the pages
    Loved The Girls and would recommend it to anyone looking for an honest , heart wrenching read.

  8. This story was incredible. Being pregnant and already emotional I found myself tearing up alot but that didnt stop me from reading it almost in one sitting.

    This is a story that could happen to anyone which and is what made me really think about life itself.

    An amazingly written story I would recommend to anybody looking for a gripping, honest read

    Thank you

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