How did I get it?:
I received a copy from Hot Key Books/Bonnier- big thanks to them!
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…
I’m a big fan of Juno’s writing, so I was happy to get a copy of her new book! Margot & Me feels slightly different to the author’s previous books, but it’s wonderful all the same. I always know I’m getting a decent read when I pick up a Juno book and this book didn’t let me down.
It centres around Fliss who lives in London. Fliss and her mother move to her grandmother Margot’s farm in Wales for some rest. Fliss hates the country life but her mother needs some time to recuperate as she is in remission from cancer. Life is very dull until Fliss finds a wartime journal. It belongs to her grandmother. Fliss finds herself getting to know her grandmother in a way that she never expected. Margot used to live in London but was evacuated to Wales after the Blitz. Fliss is desperate to find something incriminating in the journal, but she finds herself bonding with the young Margot. The journal excites Fliss. There’s so much intrigue, friendship, mystery and romance, made even more intense by the war going on at the time. Fliss is engrossed and really immerses herself in her grandmother’s past.
I absolutely loved this book because it had an incredible amount of depth. There was some humour as well which was much needed in a very emotional story. I loved the detail to the eras, especially the mention of some ’90s gems. I felt like I got a great sense of young Margot’s era as well due to the journal entries which were a fabulous addition to the story.
Margot & Me really touched me. It had such lovely moments throughout and it didn’t take me long to devour. Yay for Juno Dawson, I say!
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