Margot & Me by Juno Dawson
Published by: Hot Key Books
Release date: 26/01/2017
Summary: How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past?
Fliss’s mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss’s stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot’s wartime diary she sees an opportunity to get her own back.
But Fliss soon discovers Margot’s life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery … and even passion. What’s more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart…
I’m a big fan of Juno and her books, so I was super excited to read this one. I ended up enjoying it overall, but I had some mixed feelings about it throughout.
This book is told through two narratives. First we have the main story being told from Fliss’s point of view, and then we have snippets from Margot’s diary, which Fliss finds when she goes to live with Margot. I ended up vastly preferring the snippets from Margot’s diary. Margot wrote her diary when she was 17 and living through WW2 and they were so interesting. I loved Margot’s younger self, she was feisty and no-nonsense, and I appreciated that she was more accepting than other people in that time. I also really loved the WW2 setting. I have recently discovered that I really love YA WW2 fiction, which I think is part of the reason I loved these sections so much.
On the other hand, I found Fliss’s sections to be rather boring. A lot of her sections were just her thinking about how much she just wanted to be reading the diary, so there wasn’t much story. She was also a bit whiny and annoying to read from.
Where it really picked up for me was the last 100ish pages. The story really got deeper, and things started happening in Fliss’s sections, and they were things that I really enjoyed reading about.
I would definitely recommend this book, for me there were more bits I enjoyed, and I enjoyed them A LOT.
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