Margot And Me

Margot And Me by Juno Dawson

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…


19 Comments

Jess, Year 10 (Causeway School)

9th November 2017 at 8:45 am

Jess (Causeway) Year 10:

This one has to be my favourite. With a mysterious romance and secrets just round the corner i couldn’t put it down!

Isabel (Chailey)

6th November 2017 at 8:18 pm

Isabel (Chailey):

I enjoyed reading this book but I wasn’t entirely sure about the way it was written. The plot had a lot of potential but I felt what was supposed to be one of the most moving emotive sections, where fliss shave her hair in honour of her mum, was rushed and didn’t really have a build up. Reading the book felt disjointed and the way it jumped from Margots dairy to fliss’ life outside the diary didn’t run smoothly. It seems like the reader is intended to grow to love fliss’ character and her struggle with her mums cancer however as the book progressed I grew to dislike fliss more and more. Where the scene in which she shaves her hair tries to make the reader empathise with fliss and respect her more I saw it as fliss making everything, even the fact her mums dying, about herself, just like she does with everything. I would rate this book 5/10

Isabel (chailey)

6th November 2017 at 8:05 pm

Isabel (Chailey):

I enjoyed this book and it had a good plot however the way this book was written made it feel somewhat disjointed and the separate parts of the story, Margot’s diary and Fliss’ life outside the diary and her battle with her mother’s cancer, didn’t flow together and make it easy to read. I felt the story had lots of potential however it was rushed at the end and seemed to skip over details. Too much happened at once without enough description or thought. I enjoyed the characters but I feel like the reader was intended to grow to like Fliss’ character whilst, for me, as the story went on my dislike for Fliss grew. Overall it wasn’t a book I would have chosen to read however I did enjoy it although it wasn’t my idea of a good read. I’d score it 5/10

Esme (Burgess Hill Girls)

6th November 2017 at 1:55 pm

Esme (Burgess Hill Girls):

Margot and Me was a good book about a girl called Felicity (Fliss) who goes to live with her strict grandmother Margot in Wales whilst her mother recovers from chemotherapy. Whilst there, she tries to make the best of a bad situation and befriends some of the local students at the school (whilst making an enemy of others). As bemoans her bad fortune at having to move locations, she finds Margot’s wartime diary and discovers several things, namely a secret that changes everything. I rate it 6/10.

Harriet (BHG)

6th November 2017 at 1:54 pm

Harriet (Burgess Hill Girls):

Margot and Me is a fantastic book because it is really gripping and an enjoyable read. I loved all the unexpected twists, which made me want to turn the page just like Fliss did with her grandmothers diary. The story line was gripping and I liked the way it swapped from real life to her grandmother’s diary. I would really recommend this book to anyone who likes a book that has two sides to a story, I rate it 9/10.

anika

6th November 2017 at 1:53 pm

Anika (Burgess Hill Girls):

Margot and me was my favourite book of them all. I liked how the grandmother’s diary entries linked with Fliss (the main character’s) life. I thought the ending was very emotional and powerful.

Charlotte

6th November 2017 at 1:53 pm

Charlotte (Burgess Hill Girls):

I absolutely loved Margot and Me! I thought it was gripping and had some very interesting and imaginative ideas. It was powerful and had some personable elements which made you warm to Margot more and more as the story progressed. It was intriguing in many ways and the twists stirred up a variety of emotions which I enjoyed experiencing.

Florence

6th November 2017 at 1:53 pm

Florence (Burgess Hill Girls):

Margot and Me was one of my favourite books. I felt the book approached a common subject in a new and refreshing way. I thought my emotions often mirrored Fliss’, when she couldn’t resist turning the pages of the diary and I the book. I thought the ending was very powerful and left you with a content feeling of happiness at the end.

Sarah Todd (Chailey)

4th November 2017 at 2:57 pm

Sarah (Chailey):

Margot and me is a page-turning book based on two characters: Fliss and Margot. Fliss is a typical teenage girl – boys, fashion and of course, ensuring that everyone knows where she is from! On the other hand, Fliss would describe Margot as a solemn, secretive and boring grandmother. But when Fliss finds her grandmothers diary, what more can she do than read it? This unveils who Margot used to be – or perhaps who she still is. When times get difficult in Wales, Fliss reminds herself why that once her mum’s chemotherapy has finished its job, the two of them will be back to London, leaving Margot where she is. Just as Fliss thinks that things can’t get any worse for Margot, in the diary, she discovers a terrible secret that could tear her family apart. Turns out Margot isn’t the only one who has been keeping secrets! I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down! I would rate it a 9/10 and would recommend it to 11-16 year olds. This book made me realise that not everyone’s pain or misery is shown, and that anyone could be having a tough time that they do not speak about.

Megan (Roedean)

1st November 2017 at 2:10 pm

Megan (Roedean):

Margot and me is a great book as it explores the complicated relationship between Fliss and her Grandmother by switching between diary entries and first person. It also used gripping language to keep me reading and I would recommend it to anybody who loves a compelling story with an interesting plot line.

Bo

19th October 2017 at 6:57 pm

Bo (Chailey):

Personally, I think that Margot and Fliss’ relationship really grew throughout the book because of Fliss reading her diary. At the beginning of the book, Fliss and Margot seemed very competitive towards each other, as if someone always had to win but by the end of the book, they had grown a strong relationship through the help of Margot’s diary. The clever use of epistolary helped Fliss to understand Margot without even talking to her which made the book very interesting and gave depth to the book. Furthermore, it helped me to understand more about Margot and gave me an incite to her thoughts, feelings and ideas. Throughout the book, I was always very interested about Fliss’ mum’s point of view. It must have been extremely hard to be going through chemotherapy, while also seeing the people you loved the most arguing most days. I think that a lot of people would be able to sympathies with Fliss’ mum because many people will have known people with cancer or had it themselves. Overall, I think that the book itself was very heartwarming but emotional because of its many different elements and descriptive writing. It helped with my skills of reading between the lines. For example; infering what Margot felt like when Fliss brought up the baby pig.

Sam

15th October 2017 at 3:54 pm

Sam (Ratton):

This book is written with the voice of a 15-year-old girl, by the name of Fliss. Fliss is used to the cushy life of London, however, when she and her mother move to the countryside to stay with Margot, her entire world changes.
The story unfolds in the form of Fliss’ diary , and then Margot’s wartime diary. Unwittingly, Fliss learns more about Margot than she would have done normally. Little does she know this is exactly what she needs.
The twists are worth every tear, as you can feel everything Fliss does, even if you haven’t been through what she has.

Saoirse (Year 9) Hurstpierpoint

13th October 2017 at 10:42 am

Saoirse (Hurstpierpoint) Year 9:

Margot and me is my favourite book so far. I liked the way Margot’s diary entries were interspersed with Fliss’s account of the present day, and her reactions to the diary were quite funny. The story was quite sad but I liked the bittersweet ending and the way the author explained all the questions Fliss-and the reader- had about the diary.

gabriel beck

12th October 2017 at 9:07 am

Gabriel (PCS)

This book was very interesting and is full of surprises.
I don’t think the cover is very good for this book because it makes it look like something it isn’t.
I also like how it is a bit like 2 stories in 1.
I give it a 9/10

Ashley Wang, Year 9, Roedean School

11th October 2017 at 11:46 am

Ashley (Roedean) Year 9:

Fliss is a Londoner who ends up having to stay at the last place she wanted to be – her grandmother Margot’s rural farm in Wales. Even though she hates the place as well as her grandmother, she is trying her best to settle in. With cancer constantly threatening her mom Julia, it’s not easy.
Away from the city lights, Fliss secretly finds entertainment in reading her grandmother’s diary. And in this diary, Fliss finds family secrets and a completely different Margot. As they face Julia’s illness together, Fliss and her grandmother form a close bond.
Secrets unravel, and they bring love.
Reading about Margot and Fliss’s cold war was truly hilarious and touching. It taught me that no matter how hard it is, we can always find acceptance.

Khadijah uddin

6th October 2017 at 7:30 am

Khadijah (Ratton):

Margot and Me is great book because when Fliss was reading Margot’s diary she learns some things about her that she didn’t know and it shows she starting to understand Margot and they are learning to get along. Also I like the twists that it has and how their friendship develops. I rate this book 10/10.

Julia (Roedean)

16th September 2017 at 10:41 pm

Julia (Roedean):

Margot and Me is a brilliant book, Fliss has to move to Wales to live with her Grandma Margot and her newly cancer-free mother as Fliss is struggling to cope. Margot and Fliss do not get on, until one day Fliss finds her Grandma’s old diary. Flies learns secrets about her she never knew before… I enjoyed watching Margot and Fliss’ friendship go through good and bad phases. I rate this book a 9/10.

Molly (Roedean)

6th September 2017 at 8:49 pm

Molly (Roedean):

I like how although this is quite a stereotypical subject it is told in such a different way that makes it seem so unusual

Scarlett (Roedean)

1st July 2017 at 10:20 am

Scarlett (Roedean):

Margot & Me is a gripping, captivating and exciting book. I really enjoyed learning about the secrets and twists in Fliss’s grandma’s diary, it didn’t take me long to read as the book is such a page-turner. Juno Dawson is a great author, known for her amazing books like Say Her Name and All Of The Above. This book will make you cry, while learning about Fliss’s life but will keep you intrigued whilst learning about her grandma’s life. I recommend this book to 11-13 year olds and I rate it a 9/10.

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