{Review} September Girls by Bennett Madison


{Review} September Girls by Bennett MadisonSeptember Girls by Bennett Madison
Publisher: Harper Teen on May 21, 2013
Genre(s): Romantic Fantasy (YA)
Pages: 352

Our Rating

3 Stars

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.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.


This book has a TON of bad reviews, but I didn’t know that when I purchased the book. It had a pretty cover and an interesting sounding plot, and it has been sitting on my too read shelf for a long time. That said, I didn’t hate the book. I understand where the reviews are coming from, but I didn’t necessarily agree with all of them.

Sam is a teenage boy whose mom recently abandoned their family. His father is not handling it well and decides to quit his job and take Sam and Sam’s older brother to a strange beach town. Time seems to slow down, and everywhere there are beautiful girls who seem oddly attracted to this awkward teenage boy.

All these girls look so similar; gorgeous, blonde, and difficult to stare at for a long time. They all seem slightly out of focus. The one that seems to be different is DeeDee; she’s not as weird as the other girls. Things move pretty fast, and then they stop suddenly. Then they pick up again, and the girl he thinks is DeeDee’s sister tries to get him in bed, and Sam is understandably confused.

The answers to the mystery of the girls is not exactly the answer he wanted; it is neither happy nor sad; it just is. There is no love story here, so don’t look for one.

Man….I don’t know about this book. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. It was definitely written by a dude, but then again the protagonist is a 17 year old boy, so it’s not surprising that boobs and asses are mentioned on like every other page. It tries to be philosophical but doesn’t quite hit the mark. The mythology was interesting, with a major emphasis on sex.

Sam and his brother were total dudebros, and that was annoying. Girls are referred to as “hos” by other girls. Sam does have a bit of character growth, but a lot of questions go unanswered. Which has been a complaint of mine about the past few books I’ve read, so maybe I’m not fully focused on my books and missing subtle things.

I just don’t know! This book made me feel nothing. Nothing! Three stars.


About Bennett Madison

Bennett Madison is the author of several books for teenagers, including The Blonde of the Joke (HarperTeen 2009) and September Girls (HarperTeen 2013). He has also written a few other books and some other things here and there.

He grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland, went to Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bennett’s former occupations include: phone psychic, clothes-folder, no-nonsense receptionist, and writer of not-very-good cartoons.

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