[eARC Review] September Girls by Bennett Madison

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Title: September Girls
Author: Bennett Madison
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC supplied by Publisher for honest review

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 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.

I went into this book being super excited about it. One, because it was a new author for me and because the concept sounded extremely interesting. But what I was left with was a sour taste in my mouth.

I will say that the cover of this novel is absolutely gorgeous and its suits the content to a certain degree. The narrator is a seventeen year old boy named Sam who is whisked away by his father to a beach house for the summer. Sam also has an affinity to swear for no reason and reference sex non stop. His brother is even worse if that is possible. I felt like I was reading a very long conversation between two very young teenage boys, and honestly after a while I got a little tired of it.

Don't get me wrong, I have, at times, had a mouth like a trucker and have been known to talk about sex but I don't make it the topic of EVERY conversations or thought. I do understand that being a virgin in high school, especially for boys is a big deal, but these characters' obsession with getting laid was too much for me. I wanted to connect and relate to these characters but I really had no opportunity to do that.

I also have to talk about The Girls. These mysterious creatures that live on this beach and can never leave were interesting. The concept for these characters was really alluring and I really wish the author had focused more on them then then Sam and his brother. The Girls were different and that what I think I liked most about the book, because it definitely wasn't the reveal at the end. For one, I saw it coming from a mile away and the explanation was vague enough for me not to really understand completely.

Overall, I thought September Girls was an interesting concept, but the execution was lacking. I wanted more from the characters and the plot overall. I will be honest and say I was deeply disappointed with this book.

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  1. I keep hearing bad reviews about this book. There was a giveaway on Goodreads for it awhile back, and I read all the reviews there, and the majority basically said what you said. I think this author is just obsessed with sex. It's a shame though cuz the blurb made the book sound really good.

  2. That's too bad about this book. It sounded so interesting!

  3. I keep seeing so many negative reviews about this book. It's disappointing because I was so excited about this book and the cover is gorgeous, but I still want to read it and see for myself.

  4. The cover is gorgeous. It's really disappointing because there was so much hype about this book and I was really excited about it but it's not a book I want to read based off the reviews I've read.