Today's review is for Margot and Me by Juno Dawson. This is my first book by this author but I can assure you that it won't be my last. I absolutely loved this story, read all my thoughts about it here:
Title: Margo & Me
Author: Juno Dawson
Published: Januray 26th 2017 by Hot Key Books
Blurb: Sometimes love has to cross all kinds of barriers...
Fliss is on the way to visit her grandmother in Wales - the grandmother who she doesn't get on with - with her mother who is recuperating from chemotherapy. But her mum is getting better, that's the main thing, so Fliss can concentrate on being grouchy and not looking forward to meeting her grandmother Margot, who is so cold and always so unforgiving of Fliss's every mistake... But when the six months is up, Fliss consoles herself, she and her mum will go back to London and back to Real Life!
In the meantime Fliss needs to get used to her new school, not upset the scary girls, and just keep her head down (whilst still making sure that everybody knows she is from London, of course). Then Fliss discovers a diary at the back of her bookcase. It is from the 1940s and is set in World War II, and, Fliss realises, is actually Margot's diary from when she was a young woman during the Blitz. Intrigued, Fliss begins to read. There she discovers a whole new side to Margot, a wartime romance and also Margot's deepest, most buried secret. And it is then that Fliss discovers something terrible in her own life that she is going to have to come to terms with...
A brilliantly written love story from acclaimed teen writer Juno Dawson.
Review: This is my first book by Juno Mawson and wow, what a beautiful and moving story. I'm pretty sure it won't be my last from this author. The story is told from Fliss' point of view, a teenager who moves to the countryside in Wales from London. Actually, Fliss and her mother, who is finally recuperating from a long illness, move into her grandma's farm. A place full of secrets and stories. As you can imagine Fliss is not happy with this move. Especially when she is not exactly welcomed in her new school.
Fliss and her grandmother Margot's relationship is not the smoothest one either, it's like a battle of wills, both of them pushing but with no intention to give in. But from the moment Fliss finds Margot's diary from WWII, everything changes. The Margot from those pages is nothing like the Margot Fliss knows nowadays. But as she uncovers stories that were supposed to be kept buried, their whole relationship starts to shift too.
I have to admit that I was as fascinated as Fliss with Margot's story. What a badass and sassy young girl she was! I loved how sometimes you could still see her younger self in her, especially as we got to know her better.
Margot and Me is one of those stories that makes you feel special, like the author is sharing a secret with you. It was definitely a pleasure for me to discover Margot and Fiss' stories and I would highly recommend this story to YA readers but also to historical fiction readers. Actually, scratch that. I highly recommend this story to everyone. I finished this story a couple of weeks ago already and I still find myself thinking about it constantly.
A story about coming out of age in two very different times but that reminds us about all the good and important things in life. A beautiful novel that will move many hearts.
Rating: 5 stars
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.