How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past?
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...
5 Words: Family, loss, love, friendship, history.
I had heard a little bit about this book before I picked it up - as soon as it was announced it was on my TBR and pre-ordered. But then when it was released I was a little hesitant, and it took a group of my friends saying "shall we read this together?" for me to pick it up.
And I'm so glad I did pick it up. Even if I've been left with my heart in a million tiny pieces.
This book was at times laugh-out-loud hilarious and wail-in-despair hopeless. It made me feel almost every emotion under the sun.
I'm not going to lie - Margot's diary entries were my favourite bits to read. I loved her narrative, how it was presented in the diary. I could feel her excitement and disappointment and anger. I loved her girl-power attitude, how strong she was, how age eventually changed her and how she acknowledged it. I want to see more of her story.
Fliss really grated on me to begin with. She's a complicated character and it wasn't until near the end that I finally clicked with her. She's been through a lot, she goes through a lot, and she changes in the pages.
I have to mention Megan. The despicable, nasty, grade-A bitch. There was a tiny part of me that wanted to know her story, wanted to know what made her a bully. But by the end? I was so ANGRY that I just didn't care about her, I just wanted her gone. She plays a big part in the story.
The cast of supporting characters don't feel like supporting characters - they're well fleshed out with distinct personalities. I felt like I really got to know them.
I wold absolutely recommend this book to everyone. Just make sure you have a box of tissues on hand, because there is ugly-crying involved.