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I Am Margaret Moore

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DNF @ 37%

Despite the many elements of the premise that I love — summer camp, sisterhood, secrets of the past coming to bear on the present — ultimately the prose style overshadows everything else and keeps me from really getting immersed. It's not <i>bad</i>, just very stream-of-consciousness, circuitous and somewhat repetitive, with revelations and flashbacks rationed out gradually to build on each other; the present tense is more atmospheric than action-packed. There's a strange juxtaposition where it seems like the narrative is meant to have universal resonance, but at the same time Marshall Summer Naval School is something special, and so the novel as a whole is caught between the two.

I do think this will appeal to many readers, but it's just not for me.
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Rating: 2.5
The writing was a little too lyrical for me at times. It was kind of confusing. I guessed the twist 5% in to the book, I'm not sure it was supposed to be that obvious.
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I wanted to like this book, but the first half was so confusing with the constant jumping from summers. The naval terminology was hard to keep straight. The second half is where everything starts to come together and it becomes repetitive and honestly after the reveal, I think the story should have ended. 

Favorite quote that I hope makes it into the final copy.

"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."
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“I am a mad girl who walks the lakeshore in mud up to my ankles. I swim in moonlight; I float above that deepest place and do not fear the things beneath. I wake when the sun comes up and the cannon fires and I am sleeping here on the water, and the mist is all around me, and everything is still, and I am Medusa and all the world is stone.”

I absolutely LOVED Foul is Fair (seriously everyone needs to read it if you love a good Macbeth retelling and lots of blood and revenge). Now, with I Am Margaret Moore, Hannah Capin continues to grow with her stories and the tales she spins. I Am Margaret Moore is poetic, lyrical, haunting and held deep with sorrow but it’s also more than that; it’s about sisterhood between best friends who’d do anything for each other. 

I’ll repeat what others have said in that this book, especially the writing, will not be for everyone but the prose just so happens to be my kind of favorite. It’s like reading a fever-dream. After I finished reading, I felt like I was floating. I can’t wait to see what Hannah Capin has in store for us next.
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This book is described as lyrical, however, it often borders on verse. The repetitive nature of this writing felt mind-numbing, at times, and frustrating at others. The twist of this book is one of the more interesting things that happens- and even our characters seem undeterred by it. This was strange, considering the entire plot relies on this twist. The world-building was fantastic, and I would have enjoyed an actual thriller written in prose in this world. However, this felt more like a contemporary in verse dressed up as a thriller labeled lyrical.
There could have been so much more to this story. The writing style took those opportunities away.
Full review October 4th, 2021
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Not the typical genre I read but this was very enjoyable. It was well written and the characters were likable. I will definitely look for more by this author.
Thanks to publisher and NetGalley for this ARC.
Pub Date:10/12/21. Highly recommend
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Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin is a creepy YA thriller with twists and turns I never saw coming.  When I saw those words in the description, I immediately added this book to my TBR list.  I love YA books and I love thrillers, so why not blend the two genres and get something cool and ground-breaking?  I was so excited to be approved to review this ARC that I was jumping up and down. Thank you again to the publisher for this opportunity!

The story revolves around five girls, friends at the Marshall Naval School, an elite summer camp by the seaside.  They meet up every summer.  This summer, however, a mysterious incident plagues the students.  Rumors start springing up that Margaret is to blame.  To solve the mystery, she will have to go into the depths of her mind and remember what actually happened last summer.  This book seriously has everything: a seaside setting, camp traditions, and  mysteries galore.

Here is an excerpt from an opening chapter that describes the school:

"Here we are only Marshall girls. We live behind glass and gray wood on green lawns. The forest hems us to the shore of Lake Nanweshmot; the forest keeps us safe away from the world. Here they push us until we break and heal and break again. We are everything and everything is ours."

And here is an excerpt from Margaret's point of view introducing her friends:

"One from last June, before we turned tan and sunbleached. Flor and Nisreen, Rose and me, fingertips clutching into each other’s arms. Laughing and right.
When they are unpacked they will come out to me, and we will be together again, and it will be our summer: this is what I hope with all my life.
I sit in the crook of our sycamore and I wait for them.
I need them back. We need us back.
Everything depends on it."

Overall, I am Margaret Moore is an exceptional YA novel that blends social commentary with mystery.  This book is so innovative though that it's hard to find other books to compare it to.  If you enjoyed the twists in We Were Liars or One Of Us is Lying but wished they were slightly more creepy, then this book is for you!  If you are intrigued by the quotes above or if you're a fan of the YA and thriller genres, then you won't regret checking out this book when it comes out in October!
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Thank you to #NetGalley and Wednsday Books.  I wanted to love this one.  I loved the cover and I wanted to love the book just as much as the cover. But for whatever reason, I didn't love it.  I liked it don't get me wrong, but I wanted to LOVE it. 
Ok so I didn't love it.  I think I established that much so far. The story itself was attention grabbing for me and I liked the paranormal that was mixed into this.  As with Foul is Fair, I struggled a little with Capin's writing style.  She really is one of those love it or leave it kind of writers but I'm more along the lines of I like it.  The first half was a little on the slower side for me.  Still good but once I hit the second half of the book, it picked up. Capin still creates fantastic characters who I like and related to.  I just wish I connected with the book a little bit more.
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I first fell in love with Hannah Capin’s writing when I read Foul is Fair. There’s just something poetic and rhythmic to her writing that I just want to keep reading. I Am Margaret Moore is no different. 

The story follows a girl named Margaret, who spends her summers at Marshall Naval School. She’s part of a group of girls who are in Deck Five, and develop an unbreakable sister bond. The story jumps back and forth between past and present. The story is raw and beautiful. There’s so much that is said in this story without actually being said. I highly recommend this story if you love strong and fearless girls who refuse to be silenced by men. 

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Deadly schools? Even deadlier secrets? The filthy rich being even dirtier in their evilness? 

I went into this book knowing what it was and the cliche parallels the book drew in the sand were basic and sigh worthy. 

The writing is lyrical and haunting and the authors use of words reminiscent of poetry and song. It may have been the only thing that redeemed the book for me and kept me reading. 

Perhaps if there weren’t so many other books with this same plot I would have lived it more.
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⭐⭐⭐

I Am Margaret Moore is a paranormal thriller unlike any I've ever read before. We follow Mar, or Margaret, and her three friends: Flor, Nisreen, and Rose in their time at Marshall. A navy-esque summer camp where their love for each other is limitless, where everything is perfect, and where they can be their true selves — until something goes terribly wrong. 

As this is written, there isn't much I can tell you about the plot that isn't a spoiler. All we know is that Margaret is deeply depressed, her thoughts and feelings are a constant spiral. She feels empty and lost, clinging to her girls, her friends, the true loves of her life. Last summer, there was a boy. And something within that spiral of events led Margaret Moore to shame, and Deck Five to be sent home early. 

This book is like trying to wade through a dream. It's written near in prose, deeply poetic, full of symbolism and repetition. It is not a style that everyone is going to enjoy or understand. I, personally, found the repetitive nature almost maddening to get through at times, no matter how beautiful the writing actually was. Things start to pick up about 60% in, but it is still a long trek to the point and the ending swallowed me up so quickly I almost didn't realize what had happened. I was *satisfied* with the events that folded out, I just wish it hadn't felt like staring into the sun to get there. 

I so desperately wanted more backstory on the other girls. I wanted to know how they became friends, how Flor and Nisreen fell in love, what made their loyalty to each other so deep and true and all-consuming. Their friendship was my favorite part of the book. It is almost obsessive, but not suffocating. They know that who they are at camp cannot be who they are in real life, they understand they have responsibilities to handle once they leave, but their love for each other is as deep and true as anything to exist and it was a beautiful thing to behold. 

If you want to enjoy a book that is part daydream, part nightmare, part poem—check this book out on 12 October 2021. It is an experience I'm unlikely to forget. 

*My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for gifting me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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Nothing gets me more than an unlikeable narrative with lyrical proses every once in a while. This reminded me of Foul is Fair due to the whole diving into the story blinded with no idea what really is happening. But, on the other hand, this book is entirely it's own.

Margaret Moore is a questionable heroine. We get the gist that something really went wrong but her narrative on how it progresses gets very confusing at times. I think that is what got me more into this book. There's a lot of deception happening and it makes me want to uncover it more. I can't tell much without spoiling but if I were to describe this in one word, it would be scrumptious. Lovers of the thriller genre will surely enjoy this.
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I enjoyed this book. The pacing and the characters were well thought out. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
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I really enjoyed this book, with its unstable narrative and moments of intensity, anger, fear, and retribution. The narrator was less well-fleshed out (pun partially intended) than the other characters except perhaps for Jack, but that ultimately makes sense, since the book is really about the girls who fight to end the lies that circulate around their friend--about how they are true Marshall girls to the end, in every way. This novel is excellent, surprising me when I though there were no more surprises (or obvious secrets) left, and concluding just the way readers will want it to.
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This book is a lyrical medley of summer warmth, yet bone chilling paranormal mystery. Great storytelling and world building, Marshall felt so vivid. I loved the eternal feeling of the female friendships in the story. The only criticism I have is that the poetics and lyricism left me a bit confused as to what was actually happening in the book.
Overall, a great, unique read!
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I'm a sucker for a good YA thriller so I was excited for this one. However, it just really fell flat for me. It was confusing and the pacing was very weird. The first half of this book is hard to get through. The second half does pick up but that's if you can make it that far. The story is good and the characters were likable but the writing style is just so hard to follow.
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Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of I Am Margaret Moore in exchange for an honest review.

I want to start off by highlighting that this book is extremely, extremely lyrical to the point of basically reading as if it was written in-verse. In-verse books are my favourite "genre" so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, but I'm very aware that picking up a mystery thriller and then encountering this writing style can be less than appetizing for some readers so wanted to let you know that from the get go.

I Am Margaret Moore is an incredibly lyrical twisty mystery-thriller that uses its lyricism to disorient the reader to bolster plot twists while also keeping them incredibly connected to Mar's inner monologue. I really like the way Capin used the writing style to take what could have been a very thin concept and really flesh it out into a full-fledged thriller, especially since its a writing style that normally doesn't appear in the thriller genre. My one gripe was that despite this book heavily focusing on Mar's friend group, they all speak and act fairly similarly. Since Mar was so well established, I wish they were also individually complex.
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My issue with this book lies in the writing style. It was like poetry but not quite. The chapters were short and choppy and with the moving timeline, I struggled to understand what was happening. The plot is okay and I think if this were written differently, I would have liked it more.

I think the book is written to be confusing so you don't guess the twist. It hops between previous summers and now and the way 'second summer' comes prior to 'first summer' doesn't help. Sometimes it feels like we're following a stream of consciousness and things don't make a lot of sense. After finishing, I get why certain things were concealed but it was done in a way that I think some people might give up before things come together.

The ending was my favorite part because we got the revenge I was hoping for and kind of a sweet wrap up for the characters. This is a fairly short read but you may want to take your time so you understand it all.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for the copy.
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Fantastic!! This story had me hooked from the beginning and didn’t let me go until the very ending! Loved the story, the characters, and the setting! I need more!
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ARC provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review
This book was a real honest to God struggle for me. From the start I felt a major disconnect and much of that had to do with the writing style. The narrative changes at the author's whim and the mix of narrative styles and lack of chapter separations really left me feeling detached. Not only that but the heroine was a very drab and unreliable storyteller. I kept wondering what the point of hearing all about her days in summer camp were leading up to. There was so much trivial detail that honestly IMO amounted to nothing. The only mildly interesting part was finding out Spoiler** [she was already dead. But this was overshadowed by her idiotic behavior and repeated ignorance when it came to a certain boy. It was a whole fool me once, shame on you-fool me twice, shame on me situation. Even as a young woman I think her undeniable faith in an obvious @$$hole was unwarranted. She certainly did not deserve his treatment or to die at his hands. But at the same time she was literally blinded when it came to him and even I saw her death on the horizon. I was mildly excited again thinking she perhaps got her revenge and killed him but if I'm not mistaken it was actually her friends who did the deed--booo. (hide spoiler)] The book also leaves me feeling sooooo confused and with many questions. I'm unclear on a lot of things but as it was such a struggle to get through and I put this book down quite often I find I'm just glad to be done.
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