Margot & Me

Margot Me 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 chemothera

  • Title: Margot & Me
  • Author: Juno Dawson James Dawson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 188
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  • 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 sSometimes 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 withA brilliantly written love story from acclaimed teen writer Juno Dawson

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    1. 5 Words: Family, loss, love, friendship, history.YA Shot Group Read February 2017I had heard a little bit about this book before I picked it up - as soon as it was announced it was on my TBR and pre-ordered. But then when it was released I was a little hesitant, and it took a group of my friends saying "shall we read this together?" for me to pick it up.And I'm so glad I did pick it up. Even if I've been left with my heart in a million tiny pieces.This book was at times laugh-out-loud hilarious [...]

    2. Just a perfect read for me. I've been a huge fan of Juno's work since Hollow Pike and I was very excited to get my hands on this. I'm pleased to report it is awesome and I think it is my new favourite Juno Dawson book. I loved Fliss as a character, getting to know her, seeing her adapt to life in Wales and all the rubbish that comes with being the new girl. Juno captures that teenage voice perfectly. I loved the historical elements to the story and how Fliss learnt more about her Grandmother Mar [...]

    3. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5! This book unexpectedly blew me away. I went into this completely unaware of what it would be about. A group of us decided to read it together via Twitter and so my journey with Fliss and Margot began. Little did I know just how emotionally attached I would become to this wonderful story.Margot & Me tells the story of Fliss, a teenage girl who is relocating to a farm in Wales with her sick mother to live with her grandmother, Margot. Margot is not your average grand [...]

    4. Wonderful book! As someone who grew up in the 90s and loves reading about the first half of the 20th century, the combination of the two time periods really worked for me. I had a few wobbles around some of the characterisation/tropes, but the book made up for it by being gripping, moving and beautifully written. Would recommend (but bring tissues.)

    5. When Fliss has to move from London to the middle of Wales with her mother, she’s not too happy. It’s also not so great that there going to live with her strict grandma Margo for six months who is not the typical storybook granny. When Fliss finds Margo’s wartime journal, she’s immediately sucked in and ends up finding out Margo’s biggest secret. This is definitely one of those books that got an extra star because of my enjoyment reading the audiobook. It was read by Eilidh L Beaton who [...]

    6. I read this story throughout January with my fellow members of The Book Club! We also had a Twitter chat about it at the end of the month, which you can catch up on by searching for the #BCChat hashtag.This book, guys. This book. I'm in awe. From the moment I heard about it, I knew it was my kind of thing. Split between 1998 and a 1940's diary? It called out to me. Margot & Me follows fifteen-year-old Fliss as she moves to a farm in Wales that belongs to her grandmother (who will only go by [...]

    7. Read for Booktube-a-thon 2017: Read a Seventh BookThis is set in Wales in 1998 - Felicity and her mother Julia are temporarily living with Margot, Felicity's Grandmother, so that Julia can recuperate after a battle with ovarian cancer. Felicity finds an old diary belonging to Margot, and begins to read. The strong, passionate young woman in the diary is at odds with the harsh, cold woman Felicity knows now - so what happened to change Margot? Or has she really changed all that much? I really, re [...]

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed this, definitely the best book that Juno Dawson has ever done. I only had a few slight problems with it - a little too much going on in terms of tragic events, like it gets to soap opera levels and it felt like a bit too much. I also hate when I don't get full closure at the end of a book!

    9. If you loved Sarra Manning's After The Last Dance (and if you did not, seek help) and want a similar-but-different rural teen version in Juno Dawson's inimitable voice, set in the 90s and 40s, handling big stuff, then run, do not walk, towards this book.Also Margot is goals af.

    10. An interesting story, with some characters I really like, but there was some problematic content that actually really surprised me.Review to come soon.

    11. I finished this book a bunch of days ago but I really don't know what to sayDawson's writing has been marvelous and I loved the story for once it is about bonding and family. It is about love but it's not a teen-love story. It is the pure love that you have for your family <3It is also about the past. How things change. How a teenager lived a life completely different than us. I wish I could bring this book with me at YALC but I think I am buying another book from Dawson and let it signed it. [...]

    12. Ugh, so wonderful. Just sitting here crying just a little bit. I loved this book - it was both moving and very witty. The story of Fliss' grandmother was so interesting and I loved how everything tied together. This is a gem of a book.

    13. This book was interesting I really enjoyed it had parts about the war and parts about cancer. I think this would be for year 7 - 8

    14. You know those books you have to hold to your chest & hug for a bit when you finish, because you love them so much? This is certainly one of them. Dawson's writing just flows into you & engrosses you effortlessly. Fliss, a fashion loving city girl has to go live on her tough, no nonsense grandmother Margot's farm in Wales. And she hates it. But it is for her mother who is in remission from cancer, to recuperate. Finding a wartime journal of Margot's when she was an evacuee from London, a [...]

    15. I have been a fan of Juno right from her wonderful first book Hollow Pike, I always thought her horror novels would be my favourite but Margot & Me has just gone right to the top.I never really cry at books for some reason, there are maybe 5 at the most which have moved me to that level and this can now join that small selection. Its set in the 40's and 90's and while I loved the 40's diary entries it was the 90's parts that held so much nostalgia for me. I am a similar age to Juno and the w [...]

    16. The blurb of this book caught my attention and it definitely didn’t disappoint! The storyline was great and executed very well. This is my first Juno Dawson book and it was amazing. It is a historical fiction and romance novel with parts of it set during WW2. It gives an insight into what life would have been like on the home front which is an interesting perspective.Margot and Me focuses on romantic, family and friend relationships which is an important part of the novel, it's good to see rep [...]

    17. 2 stars. Man this was a huge disappointment for me. The only other Juno Dawson book I have read so far is All Of The Above, which I LOVED and gave five stars, so I'm really blind-sighted by this!! I do still plan to read more of her work, and have just recently been approved to read an arc of her latest novel Clean, so hopefully that works better for me.My main issue with this book was Felicity as a protagonist; I didn't like her at all. Whilst I felt sympathy for her in terms of her mum's illne [...]

    18. Originally reviewed at mythoughtsaboutbooks.Fliss, 15year old fashionista, private school attendee and Cher Horowitz wannabe is leaving the lattes and the Topshop of London for a 6 month secondment to the Welsh valleys. Not through choice, but because Fliss’ mum is recovering from a second bout of chemotherapy and needs the help of her frosty mother Margot; Award winning journalist turned smallholder. Fliss, managing as nurse and care giver perfectly well for the last 2 years doesn’t see why [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. Rating = 5*sYou can read this review in full here: bookendsandendings.wordpress.I am so happy to be reviewing this book on my blog today, as it was such a pleasure to read, and I’m excited to be able to share my thoughts. I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few of Juno Dawson’s other books, both non-fiction and fiction, but this one was definitely my favourite of all her books. It was engaging, and vivid, and somehow both heart-warming and heart-shattering at the same time, and I absolutely love [...]

    21. Sometimes it's hard to write through tears and yet, here I am, pushing through and trying to capture what makes Margot and Me so rather utterly wonderful. It is wonderful. I have written a thousand sentences trying to capture the nuances of this beautiful and heartfelt novel and I don't think I'm anywhere near capturing it. But I will try, and it starts with how Dawson understands character. She writes thick and fat and full and round people, believable people, understandable people, and this bo [...]

    22. This book was different to all the other books that I've read this year. I just couldn't put it down. I love the way it was written and have developed a new love for Juno Dawson! The characters were also all written beautifully and I didn't want it to end!

    23. I was thinking three stars, but the massive chunk I read this evening was better, so four it is. But really probably 3.5.

    24. This is one of those books that you have to read in one sitting. Impossible to put down, and highly emotional.Full review to come.EDIT 27/04/17:DISCLAIMER: Changed my rating from 4 stars to 2 stars, because on reflection I couldn't see much deserving of merit. I got too excited about finishing it and reacted too quickly. "Over time, we teach ourselves to stop feeling. It's the only way we survive." She taps her breastbone with her index finger. "It all becomes scar tissue and gristle. It's such [...]

    25. This book is incredible - so funny, clever and sad. Juno Dawson is so very good at capturing how it feels to be a teenager - both in writing Fliss's story and in writing Margot's, two very different women living through such different times and challenges. Having spent my teenage years in a comprehensive school in North Wales Fliss's experience rang almost uncomfortably true, right down to the dreadful toilets and excitement of getting your first mobile phone!

    26. Very touching, really enjoyed it. It doesn't shy away from hard topics, but it isn't weighed down by them either. I like the new genre that Juno has gone into with her books - I first discovered her books when she was nominated for the YA Book award with 'Say Her Name' which I enjoyed, but isn't the genre I am usually drawn to. Love the feminist aspect to it, Margot, Julia and Fliss are all such kick-ass women. Really good read.

    27. Initial thoughts: After I finished reading Margot & Me, I just sat there clutching the book. It absolutely gutted me. I loved how Margot's former life was intertwined with that of Felicity. With Felicity's mother in between, trying to bridge her daughter with her mother, there were so many secrets to be uncovered. The way everything unravelled was so intense. I won't lie — I cried my eyes out. This book made me feel so many different emotions, and as Margot would advise, allow yourself to [...]

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