September Girls

September Girls

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September Girls is a stunning coming-of-age novel about first loves, oblivious parents, sibling rivalries--and mermaids. This imaginative and painfully honest book garnered five starred reviews, including one from ALA Booklist that proclaimed it "a rare and lovely novel, deserving of attention from discriminating readers."

Whisked away by his father to an unusual beach town in the Outer Banks, Sam finds himself having the summer vacation most guys dream of. He's surrounded by beautiful blonde girls, and, better yet, they all seem inexplicably attracted to him. But there's definitely something strange about the Girls. 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 falls for one of the Girls, DeeDee, and begins an unexpected summer romance. 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, critically acclaimed author of The Blonde of the Joke, brings a mix of lyrical writing, psychologically complex characters, and sardonic humor to this young adult novel. September Girls is perfect for fans of the irreverent wit of Ned Vizzini and the seductive magic of fairy tales retold.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 145 x 215 x 28mm | 425g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061255637
  • 9780061255632
  • 771,072

Back cover copy

They were everywhere.
They were all beautiful.
They were all blond.
They were just there.
Like they had appeared out of nowhere.

When Sam's dad whisks him and his brother off to the beach for the summer, he's all for it--at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this sleepy little beach town is anything but average. Time seems to slow down, 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.
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Review quote

The depictions of young flirtation and sexual frustration are right on point and may be the truest imitations of it I ve read yet. --BookPage"
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Rating details

2,190 ratings
2.96 out of 5 stars
5 14% (310)
4 21% (451)
3 28% (623)
2 21% (460)
1 16% (346)

Our customer reviews

What I Liked: I liked the sense of family on Sam's side. The interactions and conversations with his brother and Dad really felt realistic. The setting was also well done. I felt the descriptions were well done and made me feel part of the scenery and story. The pain and set up of Sam's mom and her abandonment. I think that a lot can relate with the theme and feelings or knows someone who could. Sam is a deep character in a lot of regards and emotional in others. Caught up in his hurt and anger and I think that is what connected him. What I didn't like: The stream of though and the "we" mentality from the girls at the beginning. I understand but it still didn't sit well with me. I also didn't like the way that Sam thought about girls at first. It seemed really demeaning to me, and I don't know if I am just sensitive or read at a time when self esteem is low, but I really hope that is not how guys think about girls. There was (to me) too much talk of sexual aspects and cursing--I can handle some, but not when it seems over the top. Bottom Line: It was just okay for me. A lot of deep woven in with elements I didn't more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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