Are you ready to read a book that will completely blow you away? Then it’s time for you to add Me (Moth) to your reading list.
Anyone who knows me well, knows I love reading “underrated books.” I’m always more likely to pick up a book that hasn’t been talked about much online over one that’s on every single content creator’s page at this very second. This has a lot to do with the fact that I’ve been regularly disappointed by those hyped books. If I read something that isn’t raved about as much, it’s less likely to let me down – and even more of a pleasant surprise if it blows me away.
Me (Moth) falls under the latter description. Actually, to say that it blew me away would be a crazy understatement, because this book stole my ability to even think straight. I couldn’t stop recommending it prior to finishing. In fact, I think I was recommending it before I had even gotten to the halfway point. I rarely (if ever) buy books before reading them because I’d rather fill my shelves with my favorites. Ones I know I’ll read again and again. However, my mom bought this book for me as a gift right after I moved into my new home. We got it at a local coffee shop on a whim and it sounded good, so I thought, “why not?” And friends, I’m so glad this book has been added to my shelf because I will certainly be reading it again and again!
Keep reading to see why Me (Moth) had such an impact on me.
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My honest review of Me (Moth) by Amber McBride.
A debut YA novel-in-verse by Amber McBride, Me (Moth) is about a teen girl who is grieving the deaths of her family, and a teen boy who crosses her path.
Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted.
Until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for his roots. If he knows more about where he comes from, maybe he’ll be able to understand his ongoing depression. And if Moth can help him feel grounded, then perhaps she too will discover the history she carries in her bones.
Moth and Sani take a road trip that has them chasing ghosts and searching for ancestors. The way each moves forward is surprising, powerful, and unforgettable.
Here is an exquisite and uplifting novel about identity, first love, and the ways that our memories and our roots steer us through the universe.
Content Warnings: Major: Death, Death of parent, and Grief, Moderate: Drug abuse, Physical abuse, and Racism
This book rendered me absolutely speechless. It was poignant, heartbreaking, and an absolute must-read.
I always knew that I loved prose, but I never knew how much I loved it until I read Me (Moth). This book did something that I’ve never seen before: it took a story and made it feel like a song. Or maybe it took a poem and made it feel like a river – something I had to navigate my way through rather than just reading a line and moving on. All I know is that I’m so glad that I started my year by reading this book.
When I spontaneously picked this up at a local coffee shop, the barista told me that I was making a wonderful decision. That while she preferred non-fiction on most occasions, after reading this book, she’s predicting it will be considered an American classic in the future. I believe that if enough people get their hands on this beautiful book, her predictions could come true. So this is me screaming it from the rooftops: PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.
It’s not an easy read, but don’t let that deter you. It might make you cry (it made me cry), but it’s so worth it. You may even be a little bit confused at times, but it does all make sense by the end – and I can almost guarantee that the moment you close it, you’ll want to pick it back up again. That’s what happened to me.
Me (Moth) is the kind of book that makes you want to get a second, third, and fourth copy to annotate with your thoughts before giving it to your friends (or placing one in each room in the house just to look back on – or cry over – at a later time).
I’d like to just give a long and loud round of applause to the author for producing something so breathtaking. Thank you for this masterpiece.
Sounds like an absolutely wonderful read! I’ve seen the cover a few times but never knew what the story was about, but I’m glad to hear it’s worth picking up. Nice review 🙂
Wow, this book certainly sounds intriguing! Loved reading the review x
This sounds like a lovely YA read and I can see why you loved it and are recommending it to others. Thanks for sharing a great review of this book!
Her Digital Coffee says
I love the sound of this book! Thank you for including the trigger warnings. I’m glad you enjoyed it and it was such a special find. Thanks for sharing!
Consider me intrigued! I love YA and a wonderfully told story. Definitely looking forward to reading this one!
Kelly Diane says
Great review. This book sounds like such a good read. Its not very often that a book leaves you unable to think straight.
Jenny in Neverland says
A book that made you not even be able to think straight? I am THERE for that! This sounds amazing. Beautiful cover too. I’ll definitely keep this on my radar. Great review xx
I need to make a list of all the sad literary fiction books I’m curious about and actually try to read them someday, but these days they’re just too much for me. Me (Moth) sounds intriguing, and indeed, very underrated, this is the first time I’ve heard of it. But I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it
YA is my favorite genre. This looks like an awesome read. If you can’t stop talking about it, it has to be great. I am looking for a new audiobook, so I might download this book this weekend.
Sounds like a great book! Thanks so much for sharing your review of it!
That sounds like a really good book! Thank you for the recommendation 🙂
Lots of love,
Krissi of the marquise diamond
I’m shocked that I’ve actually never heard of this one before! The cover is stunning and your love for the story really speaks through the post. I’ll have to keep this on my radar in the future
Wow this sounds like a really beautiful book! I’m all for underrated books too (maybe it’s the rebel in me haha!).