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betty book review: Margot & Me by Juno Dawson

Genre: Romance/ Family

Absorbency rating: Super

Review: This YA book by Juno Dawson centres around a spoiled London girl, Fliss and her grandmother, Margot and it is so bloody addictive! When Fliss and her mum move to the country to live with Margot, Fliss accidentally stubbles her grandma’s diary from WWII. The novel jumps between the present and Margot’s diary entries seamlessly, telling the stories of two teenage girls growing up almost 80 years apart. Margot becomes obsessed with the diary and reads it from cover to cover, which is pretty much what we did too. But when Fliss finishes, there are a whole load of questions about her family and her past that Fliss wants answered.

It’s a brilliant book about a complicated family that will have you wishing that your granny had secret diary of her own.


“I plonk myself in the Land Rover. Margot climbs into the driver’s seat and puts the key in the ignition. She pauses. 

‘Regular way home,’ she asks, ‘or shall we go on an adventure?’

‘An adventure?’

‘Let’s turn left and see where we end up.’ She turns to me and gives me an uncharacteristic wink. 

Uncharacteristic it may be, but I like it. I have to smile. I can’t help it. Although I”m aching for bed, I say ‘Adventure it is.’ “

Margot & Me, Juno Dawson, £5.99

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