In September Girls, Sam is spending the summer in a beach town filled with beautiful blond girls who all seem inexplicably attracted to him. But that’s not the only reason why he thinks the Girls are strange. They only wear flats because heels make their feet bleed. They never go swimming in the water. And they all want something from him. Sam finds himself in an unexpected summer romance when he falls for one of the Girls, DeeDee. But as they get closer, she pulls away without explanation. Sam knows that if he is going to win her back, he’ll have to learn the Girls’ secret. Bennett Madison, author of The Blonde of the Joke, brings a mix of lyrical writing, psychologically complex characters, and sardonic humor to this YA coming-of-age novel about first love…and mermaids.
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.