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I Am Margaret Moore

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I am Margaret Moore is a young adult paranormal thriller. The story follows four girls Margaret, Rose, Flor and Nisreen and one summer that forced the girls to come together. 

I drug this book out for a long time just because I honestly just struggled getting into it. The chapters were short and choppy and the longer the story went on the more repetitive the storyline became. The book was confusing but I believe that was intentional to hiding the major reveal towards the end of the book. 

The ending was fine - it delivered the revenge I was hoping for but overall I just struggled trying to get into this one. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Hannah Capin for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Very bizarre book & difficult to follow & finish. Just strange & not engaging at all in my opinion. Hard to finish this one.
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When I got the email from NetGalley that I Am Margaret Moore was available to “Read Now,” I jumped on it. I had this book on my TBR since I saw that Hannah Capin was publishing it. I had loved Foul is Fair and had high expectations for this book. Well, I Am Margaret Moore fell short of my high expectations.

I Am Margaret Moore is the story of Margaret and her friends. The summer before, Margaret was involved in a scandal with another camper and was sent away. This summer, she was going to move past the drama and enjoy her summer. But things don’t go the way she wants. Her friends want the truth about what happened last summer, and Margaret isn’t telling them. Because if she tells the truth, she’s afraid no one will believe her. What happened that night?

I will be very blunt; I wasn’t a fan of how the author wrote this book. There are no chapters. Instead, once a scene ended, some headers separated them (example: The Girls with paragraphs describing Margaret’s friends). I get why the author chose to write the book she did, but I like cut-and-dry chapters.

The flow of I Am Margaret Moore was choppy, and the timeline jumped around a lot. I couldn’t tell if I was in the past or present. Again, I get why the author did this, but for me, it didn’t work.

I wasn’t too sure about how I felt about Margaret. During the first half of the book, I couldn’t connect with her at all. But, by the second half of the book, I did start to like and pity her. Yes, pity. She had so much happened to her in a short amount of time.

Margaret’s friends were the true backbone of the book. They were determined to find out what happened to Margaret. That led to disciplinary action from the naval school, but that didn’t deter them.

There are a couple of twists in the plot that I saw coming. I guessed the first one right away, and once certain events happened in the second half of the book, I figured that out too.

I wasn’t a fan of the end of I Am Margaret Moore. Again, it was choppy, with events playing out of order—the choppiness and the fact that the HEA seemed thrown on as an afterthought.

I would recommend I Am Margaret Moore to anyone over the age of 16. There is implied sex, some kissing scenes, mild language, and mild violence.
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I went into I Am Margaret Moore with high hopes and expectations. But unfortunately,  I was not the right reader for this book. It's written in almost a stream of consciousness style from Margaret's POV and constantly shifts time periods without many indicators.  I struggle with this writing style at the best of times and for this book it resulted in a really disjoined reading experience for me. When I was able to get past the style, the messages at the story's core resonated with me: the bonds of friendship, the way women are used and silenced and how sexuality is treated by society and in this case a very traditionally patriarchal industry (the Navy). 

While this book wasn't a fit for me, I really enjoyed Capin's Foul is Fair and will definitely read her future work and encourage others to do so as well. 

Thank you to Wednesday Books, St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the ecopy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Expected pub: 15 Mar 2022
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Title:   I Am Margaret Moore
Author:  Hannah Capin 
Genre:   YA
Rating:  3.0 out of 5

I am a girl. I am a monster, too.

Each summer the girls of Deck Five come back to Marshall Naval School. They sail on jewel-blue waters; they march on green drill-fields; they earn sunburns and honors. They push until they break apart and heal again, stronger.

Each summer Margaret and Rose and Flor and Nisreen come back to the place where they are girls, safe away from the world: sisters bound by something more than blood.

But this summer everything has changed. Girls are missing and a boy is dead. It’s because of Margaret Moore, the boys say. It’s because of what happened that night in the storm.

Margaret’s friends vanish one by one, swallowed up into the lies she has told about what happened between her and a boy with the world at his feet. Can she unravel the secrets of this summer and last, or will she be pulled under by the place she once called home?

This book just didn’t work for me. I found it very disjointed and confusing. I figured out the twist—if you can call it that—pretty early on, but that didn’t make the confusion any less chaotic. I also wish I’d known when the girls were at the school, as that might have made it slightly less confusing.

Hannah Capin lives in Virginia. I Am Margaret Moore, is her newest novel.

(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)
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Every summer Margaret and her friends, Rose, Flor and Nisreen return to Marshall Naval School. They spend their summer together in their own Neverland…away from all the worries of the world. Everything changes when Margaret meets a boy and their perfect summer slowly falls apart. 

So I’m a little bummed that I did not enjoy this book more. To be honest the cover is what caught my attention and when I read the synopsis…it made me super interested in reading this book. *Sigh* however it didn’t really live up to what I expected. The book is written in this very beautiful kind of poetic style which gives the whole book this haunting feel. However that it also kind of its downfall because it honestly took me forever to understand what was going on. The book also jumps timelines, which kind of added to the confusion. There was a brief moment in the middle of the book were it made sense but for a good 60% I was kind of confused. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it was different writing style. It just really stinks that I didn’t enjoy it more. 

Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the advanced digital copy!

*I received a advance digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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Unfortunately, I am Margaret Moore wasn't for me.

Things I liked: The naval school/summer getaway setting (reminded me of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson), the girls' friendships, the overall spooky vibe

Things I didn't like: The writing style made the story feel disorganized. It was hard to lose myself in the plot--instead, I just felt lost and confused.  It felt like a lot of words with not a lot of substance.

I would love to see a re-write of this novel in more modern, straightforward prose, but as it stands, I would hesitate to recommend it to others.

Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the advance review copy of this book.
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beautiful writing but very confusing,  justice, revenge, what happens to girls and what girls do.  better in concept than in actuality
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Summer camp and teenage girls are like catnip to me and I enjoyed this one. It was atmospheric and unexpectedly spooky. A big storm, girls missing, a boy is dead---it all added up to a lively plot that kept me turning the page.
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I Am Margaret Moore is written in beautiful, flowing, poetic language, but was not enjoyable for me, as I found myself reading to understand instead of enjoyment.  I can’t even tell you exactly what happened with the story, because I found myself confused after finishing it.  I think a girl fell in love with a boy, got pregnant, and he murdered her.  I think her friends then killed him, but I’m not sure what is dreamed or imagined.  This was not for me.
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I Am Margaret Moore read more like a poem but at the same time, it didn’t. This book confused me so much at the beginning until it didn’t. This story made me so incredibly mad for women every where & especially women in places where their rights aren’t respected or are ignored. 

“I do not believe in monsters that curl beneath girls’ beds and suck their blood. I believe in monsters with wide smiles, beautiful and bright, that live in grand old Victorians; that push girls into the mud; that take our voices and tell us what we are.” - Hannah Capin 

I Am Margaret Moore tells the story of one girl and her group of friends who are just screaming to tell the story of a girl who was wronged by a man who promised her the moon and then some only to turn his back on her. It also showed just what happens to girls and women who dare to speak out against injustices against them & pin the consequences of actions on a man of “influence”. Because.. this man was never held accountable by the law or his peers. This man was able to keep his stature and influence while the young girl was labeled as a cautionary tale. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the entirety of this book that made me so mad and yet so incredibly sad at the same time.
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Maybe it’s the ebook format, but this story was very hard to get into. I had difficulty following the disjointed storyline and ended up abandoning this one after about 10% in. Maybe I’ll give it a try again sometime, but for now I’ll read a different book. Thanks for the opportunity to read this one before its publishing date.
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This book is a unique take on the prep school thriller. Every summer, boys and girls gather at Marshall Naval School to show off their sailing prowess, and despite the strict discipline, they find moments to themselves, where their secrets both bind them together and tear them apart.

Capin's writing is both lyrical and repetitive, revealing the plot thread by thread. Her style is reminiscent of novels in verse, but sheers slightly more on the side of prose. I wasn't totally sold on the style.

I guessed the first of two twists in the first few pages. So quickly, in fact, that I'm not totally sure if it was supposed to be a twist? But it isn't explicitly stated until much later in the book. I'm staying vague here in case it was a twist. But I was motivated to keep reading to get the full story.

I loved the ending details so much, especially how the glass on a certain photo kept cracking inexplicably. Great finish to a unique story.

Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the advance review copy of this book.
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I really love Hannah Capin's writing style, lyrical prose yet modern, easy to read but poetic. Her stories are deliciously feminist and powerful in a way that is so important to women everywhere, now more than ever. I Am Margaret Moore is no exception and even though it was a heartbreaking yet all too familiar narrative it is also a battle cry and a promise of sisterhood throughout the ages.
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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I am Margaret Moore is an experience that I can't really explain as I don't fully understand it. I cannot give an accurate summary for you as it would give too much away (though you will find it obvious).

I very rarely ever give books a one star rating. I practically have to loathe everything about it as many books may fail on one level but shine on another. I Am Margaret Moore does not shine at all. It is written in some kind of poetic verse where the flow of words means more than what is actually being said. You have to wade through all that nonsense to try and pick out the plot. That opens a whole other list of problems. There are so many characters and time jumps that I found myself begging for it to amount to something and end. The attempt at a massive reveal falls flat and you begin to wonder if you've read it before due to similar plot points to other novels. 

I cannot, in my right mind, recommend this novel to anyone. This choppy attempt at art missed the mark and did not find it's audience with this reviewer. Read at your own risk, and we'll be here when you're frustrated beyond belief.
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DNF @ 10% 

The story is incredibly confusing bcuz of the authors lyrical writing. It’s telling everything instead of showing us literally anything. At 10%, I felt like I should have learned something at all about these characters, and I hadn’t. I just don’t think I’ll get through this and enjoy any of it.
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I went into this book open minded, but unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. The actual story and content wasn't bad, it just wasn't something that I enjoyed and had a hard time getting through. 

To start off, I didn't like Hannah's other book, Foul is Fair either. Honestly, I was kind of vibing with the plot and the prose, but the triggering plot line that had no warning, sent me into a full panic attack and that was not fun. I wanted to give her new book a fair shot, but unfortunately, I just wasn't vibing with it and had to DNF.

The biggest difference between the two books was that the prose was strange and I've never been a fan of trying to be ultra-lyrical to create confusion or mystery in a book. I couldn't follow along with anything that was going on because it was being coded or extra confusing and I understood nothing. It was like the book was written for prose, but decided to be poetry instead. Now, I usually don't have a problem with poetry or poetry based stories, but this was just made no sense to me. In addition, I don't want to have to reread paragraphs of text in order to understand of the story and the scene. 

It's sad too, because I was kind of interested in what the mystery of this boy was and what was going to happen. We hadn't gotten into the full plot line yet but I was too lost to keep going forward. The setting, the writing style, and really everything about this book was just not for me. I wasn't vibing with it and couldn't push myself to keep going. So, unfortunately, I had to DNF at 25%. 

I'm not sure if this author's books are meant for me, but I'm glad I at least gave this book a try.
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I DNF'd this one. I couldn't get behind the writing style and upon looking at other reviews, it seems like it doesn't get much better.
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DNF @41%

Well, I tried. But this book is just too confusing, and half of the time I don't know what's going on. The writing style also isn't my favorite. There were a lot of repetitive sentences and the story was all over the place. This book just wasn't for me.

Thank you NetGalley and publisher for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The first half was so confusing and it left a lot to be desired. You basically in this book are left trying to figure out what happened to Margaret Moore but you don’t start to even have a semblance of an idea until around 60%? and I almost didn’t finish it but powered through due to this being an ARC. I wish I liked this more because there were so many interesting bits and I love YA mysteries. they’re so much fun! However this was just a complete miss for me and the pacing felt really weird and off. 1.5 stars. Thank you netgalley for providing an arc!
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