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September Girls Featured
Young Adult Fiction 2363
Don't judge a book by it's cover.
(Updated: May 20, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
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 recently with the equally fantastic Diana Peterfreund (FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS) regarding this book that helped shed some new light on this for me.

What originally attracted me to SEPTEMBER GIRLS 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 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 darker and grittier than the cover and synopsis would lead the reader to believe but that's okay because it's still a well written story with a definite audience.
Good Points
Fans of Chris Cutcher would most likely enjoy this because his writing style is similar to Bennett Madison's.
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May 20, 2013
One of my close reader friends loves almost all of Cris Crutcher's books and I thought they were okay. I looove this cover
June 02, 2013
I've heard some pretty bad things about this one. I, for one, definitely won't be reading it, but I suppose you (and Diana) could be right in that it was packaged and marketed wrong.
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