I write books nominally for young people, including the upcoming September Girls, which is out now. Booklist, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly all gave it starred reviews, and some other people said some nice things about it too. You can learn more about the book here.
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peytonatorlettuce asked: WHY ARE YOU FLAWLESS?
So this finally happened.
ETA: Looking more closely— they offer tours in Aramaic and Australian!— I guess this is a joke. The real version can’t be too far behind though.
In case you hadn’t noticed already from my incessant and shameless Tweeting/Tumbling/Facebooking about it, MY BOOK IS FINALLY OFFICIALLY OUT TODAY and I’m pretty happy about it. You can even buy it and everything.
And I just found out it got its third starred review, this time from Booklist, where the reviewer wrote:
[Madison’s] command of language, both informal and beautiful, lifts the work from a basic boy-meets-fantastical creature tale to something both familiar and tragically moving. This isn’t just a supernatural beach read; it’s a rare and lovely novel, deserving of attention from discriminating readers.
It also got a positive— if somewhat more measured— review from my grandmother, who wrote the following in an e-mail to my mom:
In case you miss it, you left yout pink (coral) sweater at my house. I will save it for you. Incidentally, I was on Amazon and I found Bennett’s book—I read the sample they had posted, and so far, I disagree with his bloggers. I find it very interesting and extremely well written. I confess I think the overuse of “wicked word” language a little much, but I’m willing to admit that is the way a lot of teenagers talk these days. (But not in front of me, I hope.) Anyway, I want to say that what I have read so far I find compelling and I want to see how it ends. So I’ll buy a copy and proudly have my grandson autograph it for me.
Your ever lovin’ Mom
P.S. I don’t have Bennett’s E-Mail, but you can forward this to him if you wish.
SEE? Even my grandma is buying it so you should too!
Pouring myself a glass of whiskey and toasting to the fact that the book I thought I would never finish writing is now officially out.
It’s the ten-year anniversary of the Buffy series finale. Here’s to you, Slayer.
I was not a particular fan of the Buffy finale— Buffy for me kind of ends with her death in THE GIFT— but still, this is beautiful.
"I myself have been idiotically told that I write “awful” books because the people in them are unpleasant. Intelligent readers do not confuse the quality of a book with the moral rectitude of the characters. For those who want goodigoodiness, there are some Victorian good-girl religious novels that would suit them fine."
— Margaret Atwood on “likable” characters. Clearly this is a topic on which many authors have a lot of pent up rage.