Megan Cline
Isabella Biedenharn
June 14, 2016 AT 03:52 PM EDT

We’re head over heels in love with Emma Cline’s electric debut novel, The Girlswhich follows Evie, a quiet 14-year-old girl, who falls under the spell of the young women surrounding an enigmatic, Charles Manson-like leader named Russell.

To celebrate the book’s June 14 release date, EW is thrilled to present this exclusive clip from The Girls audiobook, where you can luxuriate in Cline’s prose (lines like “All of our energy [was] subsumed into the theatrics of friendship” and “I’d always liked her in a way I never had to think about, like the fact of my own hands”).

In the clip below, actress Cady McClain reads as Evie muses on her comfortable friendship with a classmate named Connie, and the atmosphere of life in the ’60s for girls like them.

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