September Girls by Bennett Madison
Genre: Fantasy/Re-Telling and young adult
Release Date: May 21, 2013
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.
First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
I can understand why some people won’t enjoy this because there are many times where Sam randomly talks about his dick and how ‘heavy’ it gets and more often than not, about the size of the Girls’ waists and boobs. September Girls starts off very sloppily and a bit disorganized. The second we meet new characters, there’s a bit of info-dumping that also makes it hard to know whether or not Sam is talking about them in the past or the present. If readers aren’t used to the minds of teenage boys then this book may be offensive and just plain weird. But I did like this, don’t get me wrong. It’s just a bit confusing at times.
Throughout the story, the writing style is really weird. It seems like Bennett Madison is trying to write the story really fancy-like and ‘professional’ (not really the word I wanted to use but it’ll do) but with a mix of teenage boy humour added in which, in fact, doesn’t quite work well in the author’s favour. Even if the writing wasn’t as awkward, there isn’t much dialogue as I would have liked. It seems like the chapters are all just really long monologues rather than a realistic story with dialogue. Another thing that I felt could have been done better is the ending, it drags on for far too long about things that, in my opinion, don’t matter in the slightest.
In between the chapters that are narrated by Sam, there are small, two or three pages devoted to the Girls. This gives readers a chance to get to know the Girls better and a little in sight on what their lives are like. Which leads me into the characters. Most of the characters are okay with simple characteristics for some and more complex things for others to keep everything fun. For some reason, I can’t get enough of Sam. Although the character has some faults and mishaps, I have a soft spot for him and his weirdness. It’s easy for me to relate to him and his ways of coping with his parents separating and things like that. The character of DeeDee is also another one that I like. I love how different she is and the way she treats Kristle even though they’re not-really-sisters-but-kind-of. The relationship between these two characters, DeeDee and Sam, is too cute. It’s realistic and confusing and amazing. Every second they’re together, I get really squealy and happy and sometimes angry with the way Sam sometimes acts. But I still love him.
September Girls is not a book for everyone. It’s a new take with girls being beautiful and blonde and most definitely ‘hipsters’. But I did enjoy it, there are some good things about this story that can be seen if you just look past all of the guy-ish things that may annoy readers. I recommend this to anyone who like retellings and stories about summer and don’t mind male humour that comes along with this. Besides, what kind of person doesn’t like mermaids and their beautiful selves?