Author: Bennett Madison
Publication: May 21, 2013
By: Harper Teen
When Sam's dad whisks him
and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he's all for
it-- at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything
but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he
looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably
drawn to him.
Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she's
different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls
away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he's going
to get her back, he'll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the
girls who live here
This was my initial thought regarding this book...The best thing about this book is the cover.
While my overall feelings about SEPTEMBER GIRLS have not necessarily changed, they have been altered a bit and here's why...
I had a fantastic conversation about this book today with the equally fantastic Diana Peterfreund (FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS) who shed some new light on this for me.
What originally attracted me to this book was a combination of hype, synopsis and serious cover love. I was expecting a romantic summer read about mermaids but that is not what I got. I'll be honest, the characters came across as sarcastic and cynical to the point of offense to me (I can only speak for myself) and much of the content turned me off. I struggled to even finish it because I was not enjoying it at all.
HOWEVER, after having chatted with Diana, I have come to the conclusion that this book was wrongly covered - it doesn't accurately depict the story inside. It's still not a story for me per say, but there is a definite audience for it. (Fans of Chris Cutcher would most likely enjoy this.) Regardless of my feels, it's a well written story and one that should be given a chance, in my humble reader opinion.
If you decide it's not for you, great.
If you read it and love it, awesome.
But at least you'll know going into it (assuming you bother to give this blog post a glance) what it is not. (The flowery summer romance mentioned above.)
I think Bennett Madison is a talented young writer whose book is being judged (unfairly) by it's cover.
I also think it's author is being judged unfairly as well, but that's just me. *shrugs* :)