Book review: Margot & Me

By Juno Dawson
Published by Hot Key Books

Synopsis: 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…

How did this book end up in my hands? I listened to this audiobook via the BorrowBox app.

Was it a page-turner? Once started, I was eager to learn what came next but I did take my time and I didn’t mind having to sometimes wait a few days before I could continue listening.

Did the book meet my expectations? For some reason, when I read the synopsis I decided that the secret in Margot’s life was a lesbian romance and I spent a good chunk of the listening experience wondering when the ‘real’ storyline would begin! Once established that I had it all wrong, I started to properly enjoy the narrative, especially the alternating voices of Fliss and ‘diary Margot’.

Three words to describe it. Surprising. Fresh. Entertaining.

Do I like the cover? I like the bold colours but I would have personally highlighted other elements of the novel.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, but quite a few of them are on my wish list.


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