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A debut YA novel-in-verse that is both a coming-of-age and a ghost story. 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 gro A debut YA novel-in-verse that is both a coming-of-age and a ghost story. 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.


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A debut YA novel-in-verse that is both a coming-of-age and a ghost story. 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 gro A debut YA novel-in-verse that is both a coming-of-age and a ghost story. 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.

30 review for Me (Moth)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ally Malinenko

    I was lucky enough to read a copy of this book and let me tell you, you're not ready. Amber's writing is surreal and magical and she will break your heart in the best possible way. Point being: you're gonna cry I was lucky enough to read a copy of this book and let me tell you, you're not ready. Amber's writing is surreal and magical and she will break your heart in the best possible way. Point being: you're gonna cry

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I could not love this book anymore than I do right now. The writing style was absolutely brilliantly executed and I was invested 100% from beginning to end. Moth and Sani were two people that all of us in some way, shape or form can relate to. Moth struggles to find acceptance and her purpose in life This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I could not love this book anymore than I do right now. The writing style was absolutely brilliantly executed and I was invested 100% from beginning to end. Moth and Sani were two people that all of us in some way, shape or form can relate to. Moth struggles to find acceptance and her purpose in life after she looses her family and then she meets Sani who rocks her world and changes her life forever. All of us have struggles and emotional trauma that is hard to let go but if Moth can figure it out, we all can too. I am in high anticipation sharing this book with our YA community and do it for a teen book club. I know we will have some insightful conversations. We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Beautiful writing! My heart hurts!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Geter

    5 HUGE stars to this amazing book! The writing was so beautiful and profound. Every verse pulls at your heartstrings and has you longing for a life you don't know. This book breaks you down in the best way and will leave a big imprint on your soul. Truly the best book I've read in 2021 so far! ~Thank you to Netgallay and the publisher for sending me an arc copy. All opinions are my own~ EDIT: Read this a second time and I am utterly destroyed again. I have an even higher appreciation of Amber McBr 5 HUGE stars to this amazing book! The writing was so beautiful and profound. Every verse pulls at your heartstrings and has you longing for a life you don't know. This book breaks you down in the best way and will leave a big imprint on your soul. Truly the best book I've read in 2021 so far! ~Thank you to Netgallay and the publisher for sending me an arc copy. All opinions are my own~ EDIT: Read this a second time and I am utterly destroyed again. I have an even higher appreciation of Amber McBride's writing upon re read. If you haven't read this yet, I am imploring you to do so. This is a book that tears you to pieces and painfully stitches you back together.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katya de Becerra

    Absolutely can't wait for this! Absolutely can't wait for this!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nichole Thornton

    This novel in verse is so beautiful and surprising.💕💕💕💕💕

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Acres

    I wish I had the words to express how fully this book moved me. I am in awe, heartbroken, made alive again. There are no words to express it; this book must be experienced. It will haunt me all of my days and I am so much better for it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This story was so incredibly breathtaking. It was wonderful and heartbreaking all at the same time. I definitely shed some tears near the end. I loved the representation of different cultures melding together, the Navajo stories & the Hoodoo stories that were included. This one was seriously just so beautiful and it was even more impactful as a novel in verse. Thank you so much to Feiwel and Friends for the e-ARC!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jess Witkins

    A beautiful, haunting debut! I felt like the book took root in me with its earthy language and ghostly poetry. Many times I reread lines to listen to the rhythm of them, how gorgeous they sounded, how the beat of Moth's mind matched her movement and love of dance. With two main characters who express themselves through art - dance for Moth and music for Sani - McBride had no small task to make the writing as lyrical and languid as possible. A standing ovation to her on the intensity she kept thr A beautiful, haunting debut! I felt like the book took root in me with its earthy language and ghostly poetry. Many times I reread lines to listen to the rhythm of them, how gorgeous they sounded, how the beat of Moth's mind matched her movement and love of dance. With two main characters who express themselves through art - dance for Moth and music for Sani - McBride had no small task to make the writing as lyrical and languid as possible. A standing ovation to her on the intensity she kept throughout the book, the shock of the twist, and the whisper she left behind. Just listen to these beauties: "So even though my name is strange I have to live with it. It has been with my nerves for far too long; my name is a thick wilderness of angelica root around me, crafted for my spirit." and... "I leave out the food, an offering for the ancestors. I hope they sit and eat. At this point I'll even take the company of the heated hands of hell." I want to read every book by Amber McBride; this woman can write! Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This one was a real pleasure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    So this is my best friend’s book, which means this review is in no way objective. HOWEVER, I do believe that this story absolutely has a place among titles like The Poet X, The Crossover, and Long Way Down. A lyrical and haunting tale, Me (Moth) is one that will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cody Roecker

    I cannot wait to reread this book upon release date and fall in love all over again. It's absolutely haunting and I adored the way the verse unfolds on the page - I especially want to listen to this read WOW I cannot wait to reread this book upon release date and fall in love all over again. It's absolutely haunting and I adored the way the verse unfolds on the page - I especially want to listen to this read WOW

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan Rivera

    I enjoyed reading this book and thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this book. I absolutely love reading it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Greco

    Thank you, as always, to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC! In-verse novels are some of my favorites, partly due to the way they hit so deep while simultaneously being easy to read. They ebb and flow with fitting pauses and rhymes, poem structures that tell a story just as much as the words themselves. Me (Moth) is a valuable addition to the field of verse novels. Telling the story of Moth, who is still trying to find her place in the world after her family dies in a car accident while she Thank you, as always, to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC! In-verse novels are some of my favorites, partly due to the way they hit so deep while simultaneously being easy to read. They ebb and flow with fitting pauses and rhymes, poem structures that tell a story just as much as the words themselves. Me (Moth) is a valuable addition to the field of verse novels. Telling the story of Moth, who is still trying to find her place in the world after her family dies in a car accident while she is able to walk away. She meets Sani, whose pain is just as apparent as her own, and convinces him to run away with her for the summer. Maybe not run away, but at least take an extended trip to write their Summer Song as there's just something about the two of them that clicks. And so the road trip begins with 10 planned stops and several more added as they travel, with pain unleashed and secrets confessed, with troubles realized and newfound love discovered. Everything about Sani and Moth works, nearly as if they are two missing pieces that have found their match. But as Sani becomes closer to reaching the Motherland where his father lives, their trip moves onto rocky ground and Moth feels as if everything that keeps her grounded has disappeared. While I sought more of a climatic event near the novel's end, the ending itself was unseen, though hinted at after further reflection. The novel is easy to read, but contains lines with such depth and detail that you'll find yourself saying them in your head, writing them down for later.. All in all, Me (Moth) will resonate with most readers and is nearly unputdownable. I vow we make it a petition that more in-verse novels are released, because oh are they some of the greats.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    Damn. I mean damn. This is one that you will need to sit back and just process as you hoard the tissues and let that part of your soul McBride touched let loose. She captured a part of everyone through Moth and Sani and the execution through verse was absolute perfection. Moth lost her family, ballet capabilities and purpose in a fatale car crash that left her the sole survivor. As she meanders through as a shadow in the periphery of everyone's existence; she sinks deeper into herself until Sani Damn. I mean damn. This is one that you will need to sit back and just process as you hoard the tissues and let that part of your soul McBride touched let loose. She captured a part of everyone through Moth and Sani and the execution through verse was absolute perfection. Moth lost her family, ballet capabilities and purpose in a fatale car crash that left her the sole survivor. As she meanders through as a shadow in the periphery of everyone's existence; she sinks deeper into herself until Sani comes into her world. What unfolds in the prose is a heart wrenching and breathtaking excursion into cultural intensity through dance and music and life. Probably one of the hardest books to review because you truly have to experience this to understand the depth behind it. This was a novel I did not know how much I needed in my life. To learn from, to grow from and to cherish. I think any reader will find something beautiful in these haunting pages. Don't hesitate, add this to your shelves! Thank you Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the gifted digital copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    A powerful exploration of trauma and culture and love. Moth is trying to come to terms with the horrific accident two years ago that took the lives of her parents and her brother. Now living with her aunt, Moth drifts along largely unnoticed as she struggles with survivors’ guilt. When she meets new student Sani, there’s immediate attraction, but also a mutual hesitancy. As the two teens try to help each other navigate the holes in their lives, the spare and beautiful language can keep readers a A powerful exploration of trauma and culture and love. Moth is trying to come to terms with the horrific accident two years ago that took the lives of her parents and her brother. Now living with her aunt, Moth drifts along largely unnoticed as she struggles with survivors’ guilt. When she meets new student Sani, there’s immediate attraction, but also a mutual hesitancy. As the two teens try to help each other navigate the holes in their lives, the spare and beautiful language can keep readers at arm’s length. Ultimately, though, that only enhances the dreamlike quality of this very unique story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Wow. What a unique and powerful book. I loved the weaving of Hoodoo history and Navajo history together. I loved Moth and Sani. I loved the way the story is told in verse and I loved that I did not see the ending coming. This book is well worth your time. Do your best to read it slowly and savor it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Thank you Fierce Reads for the early copy to review. Me (Moth) wouldn’t have been the typical book I would pick up from the bookstore. I never read or resonate with poetry or books written in verse but I’m feeling very lucky to have had this included in my Fierce Reads influencer package because I devoured this story and literally could not stop reading it. Even though it’s written in verse, it was so easy to jump into this story and really feel what Moth was feeling. I found my heart hurting fo Thank you Fierce Reads for the early copy to review. Me (Moth) wouldn’t have been the typical book I would pick up from the bookstore. I never read or resonate with poetry or books written in verse but I’m feeling very lucky to have had this included in my Fierce Reads influencer package because I devoured this story and literally could not stop reading it. Even though it’s written in verse, it was so easy to jump into this story and really feel what Moth was feeling. I found my heart hurting for her and Sani, who’s voice I genuinely loved. These characters are so real, they could walk right off the pages of this book. There’s so much emotional trauma and just FEELINGS that I was so overwhelmed by (in a good way). This story is filled with real life trauma, societal issues and two REAL characters and the way this story ended.. my my mind is still blow. Don’t let the verse format of this book deter you, pick it up, and really just listen to what this story has to say.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I was reading and enjoying this already when BOOM that twist made me have mad respect for this author!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caylie Ratzlaff

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC of this book. 5/5 stars because oh my GOD. This is told in verse. This is instantly a win for me because I love the beauty of verse novels. We're instantly thrown into Moth's grief and the inner turmoil of dealing with grief and survivor syndrome while also being ignored by the world. The verse is hauntingly beautiful. I instantly started highlighting quotes where I had to stop and just take in the words. We also meet Sani, an indigenous member Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC of this book. 5/5 stars because oh my GOD. This is told in verse. This is instantly a win for me because I love the beauty of verse novels. We're instantly thrown into Moth's grief and the inner turmoil of dealing with grief and survivor syndrome while also being ignored by the world. The verse is hauntingly beautiful. I instantly started highlighting quotes where I had to stop and just take in the words. We also meet Sani, an indigenous member of the Navajo Nation who also struggles with finding himself following trauma. Moth embraces Hoodoo and rootworking culture, while Sani embraces his native history. There is relevant social commentary throughout the book, and as I continued to get sucked into the story...I realized this would also be an excellent novel to teach to my high schoolers. Moth and Sani's stories are ones where they can connect to it. There is grief and trauma and mental illness and family issues and ancestry and trying to be seen in a world that doesn't want to see you. It was truly a verse novel where I was like oh my god, this is amazing. ESPECIALLY for a debut. Also, yeah, you'll cry. I don't want to spoil it obviously, but there is a moment toward the end where you kind of get sucked into Moth's grief and thoughts so much where a twist happens and good god, I had tears streaming down my face. This novel is truly beautiful. I cannot wait for it to be released and for more people to read it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lee-ann

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing an egalley for review. I’ve been hearing so much about Amber McBride’s Me(Moth) and I was pleasantly surprised that hit held up to the hype. This was so beautifully written, in that stark, stripped down way that novels in verse have, every word is important. Each page really creates a beautiful, cruel scene.

  21. 5 out of 5

    kiki

    wow

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie Anna

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thank you to Fierce Reads and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. (Me) Moth follows Moth, who lost her family in an accident and lives with her aunt. She feels lost and alone until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for himself, and take a road trip together, chasing ghosts and searching for their ancestors – and themselves. I’ve been discovering more excellent YA novels-in-verse and Me (Moth) is no exception to that. I ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thank you to Fierce Reads and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. (Me) Moth follows Moth, who lost her family in an accident and lives with her aunt. She feels lost and alone until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for himself, and take a road trip together, chasing ghosts and searching for their ancestors – and themselves. I’ve been discovering more excellent YA novels-in-verse and Me (Moth) is no exception to that. I loved the way that using verse captured the storyline and the characters’ journey in this debut novel. It created this balance where the story itself is very to the point, without compromising the characters themselves. My favorite aspect of Me (Moth) was Moth’s and Sani’s relationship portrayed throughout the book. Watching their journey together and how they slowly became vulnerable to each other was incredibly memorable and shows the type of growth that I’d like to see in more books. Additionally, I loved how they shared their traditions and culture throughout their journey and the stories that came with them. The stories that they shared and the ways that they helped each other cope contributed so much to their growth and became such a beautiful element to the story. Me (Moth) is an incredibly emotional read, but as the story continues on I was left more and more invested until the book’s ending completely broke me. I’d definitely recommend Me (Moth) to everyone whether they read YA or not, or whether they read verse or not. I found this to be a great introduction to verse if you’re not used to it, but if you are I think you’ll definitely appreciate this one. CW: (view spoiler)[Car accident, death, deceased family members, depression, drug use, racism (hide spoiler)] You can find more of my reviews here: www.julieannasbooks.com 🖤

  23. 5 out of 5

    daphnereads

    The premise of Me (Moth) sounded like something I would enjoy, I always love reading about grief and loss, but I was a bit wary going in since I saw that this was a novel in verse. Unfortunately, this was just not for me. This is about a girl named Moth who has lost her entire family in a car crash, and since then she has been living with her aunt. At school, Moth is an outsider, until one day a boy comes along who seems to understand her. These two go on a road trip to find their roots, and alo The premise of Me (Moth) sounded like something I would enjoy, I always love reading about grief and loss, but I was a bit wary going in since I saw that this was a novel in verse. Unfortunately, this was just not for me. This is about a girl named Moth who has lost her entire family in a car crash, and since then she has been living with her aunt. At school, Moth is an outsider, until one day a boy comes along who seems to understand her. These two go on a road trip to find their roots, and along the way they may find out more than they bargained for. I don’t have many thoughts because this is an extremely short novel, and I think novels in verse just aren’t for me. It was difficult to connect to the characters, so I wasn’t that invested in what was happening. I was bored for a lot of this and just wanted to finish. The romance in here kind of came out of nowhere and didn’t make too much sense to me, but then again both of these kids were grieving quite a bit so maybe the romance was a product of that? Honestly, I still don’t completely understand what was going on in this novel even after a few days of finishing it. This is absolutely a subjective thing, but the writing style just kept me from caring about anything that was happening. So far this has been kind of a negative review, but I did like some of the imagery and a few lines here and there hit hard. Not to mention that I didn’t see that twist at the end coming and the way grief was portrayed was beautiful. Sadly this just didn’t give me the emotional fulfillment I was looking for. If you enjoy poetry/novels in verse I think you should check this one out, but it wasn’t for me. Thank you Fierce Reads for hosting the sweepstakes that allowed me to read an e-arc of this title!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anya

    Thank you to Feiwel & Friends (via NetGalley) for the ARC! Content warnings: (view spoiler)[car accident (recounted), death of family members, suicidal ideation, physical abuse by a trusted adult (hide spoiler)] ME (MOTH) is a haunting, beautiful, painful debut novel in verse. Moth, a junior in high school, has lost her entire immediate family in a horrific car accident and is drifting through life while living with her Aunt Jack. On the day before the last day of school, she meets Sani, who she h Thank you to Feiwel & Friends (via NetGalley) for the ARC! Content warnings: (view spoiler)[car accident (recounted), death of family members, suicidal ideation, physical abuse by a trusted adult (hide spoiler)] ME (MOTH) is a haunting, beautiful, painful debut novel in verse. Moth, a junior in high school, has lost her entire immediate family in a horrific car accident and is drifting through life while living with her Aunt Jack. On the day before the last day of school, she meets Sani, who she has never seen at school before. Sani lives ten houses down, and they immediately connect. Sani also has a lot of pain in his life. He feels as if his Navajo father, who lives out west, has abandoned him, and now he's stuck in Virginia with his white mother and an abusive step-father. Moth and Sani have both given things up. Moth, a ballerina, no longer dances after the loss of her family. Sani doesn't sing anymore. They bond immediately over their pain and sadness and plan a road trip out to where Sani's father lives because neither can stand to stay in Virginia anymore. Along the way they share parts of each other that have been hidden away to everyone for years. Moth shares stories from her grandfather and the Hoodoo traditions he passed on to her. Sani shares the Navajo mythology he learned from his medicine man father. They tell each other stories and leave offerings to the ancestors along the road as they travel west. McBride's writing is poetic and lyrical and so evocative. Though Moth and Sani hardly know each other, their connection seems genuine and intense. The words of their story mix seamlessly with the song lyrics they write together to create an emotionally powerful story with an unexpected twist near the end. I read this book in less than twelve hours, but I think it will stay with me for a long time. The power in McBride's words created an unforgettable and magical story that I definitely recommend

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I have never read a book written in verse before. I'm not sure i'm a huge fan of this style, but it lends it self well to the story. My hesitation on this writing style is that I feel like I could fly through it fast, and I needed to remind myself to slow down. Many of the passages are conversations, many are thoughts. and some are a growing song. I found some of the conversations the hardest to follow. Often parentheses were used I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I have never read a book written in verse before. I'm not sure i'm a huge fan of this style, but it lends it self well to the story. My hesitation on this writing style is that I feel like I could fly through it fast, and I needed to remind myself to slow down. Many of the passages are conversations, many are thoughts. and some are a growing song. I found some of the conversations the hardest to follow. Often parentheses were used to attach to names, but often I found it distracting. I couldn't follow. I don;t know if that is my inexperience with the style, or how the author wrote it. That said-- I really really like this. This story is haunting and sad, yet it is not depressing. While both Moth and Sani have lived through horrible situations, and both are hurting and greiving in their own ways, they come together and they are good for each other. As they journey from Virginia to New Mexico, you can see how they are helping support and love each other, encouraging each to heal and giving the other the space to be themselves while providing them a person to trust in. I was not prepared for the ending of this story. I broke. It was completely unexpected, at least to me. But that's all I'll say because I don't want to spoil it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicki ⍣

    Oh! This was quite lovely! I have been on a kick when it comes to verse novels lately. I enjoyed the way it was written and found myself feeling very emotional from time to time while reading it. I loved that it incorporated hoodoo and Navajo practices. There is just something so innately authentic about #Ownvoices that can never be imitated. Tbh, I believe this is closer to a 3.5/4 star read, but because I enjoyed the "twist" so much and it pulled me out of feeling pleasantly okay about this bo Oh! This was quite lovely! I have been on a kick when it comes to verse novels lately. I enjoyed the way it was written and found myself feeling very emotional from time to time while reading it. I loved that it incorporated hoodoo and Navajo practices. There is just something so innately authentic about #Ownvoices that can never be imitated. Tbh, I believe this is closer to a 3.5/4 star read, but because I enjoyed the "twist" so much and it pulled me out of feeling pleasantly okay about this book, I decided that it needed to be rated higher. This was a review of an arc version provided by Netgalley. xx

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica Martin

    I was already familiar with Amber McBride's writing and poetry before I picked this up, so I had a feeling this would hit hard, AND IT DID. There's a lot of subtle beauty and depth behind her words, the sign of a skilled writer. Of one who understands how to say more with less. Pick this one up; you won't regret it. I was already familiar with Amber McBride's writing and poetry before I picked this up, so I had a feeling this would hit hard, AND IT DID. There's a lot of subtle beauty and depth behind her words, the sign of a skilled writer. Of one who understands how to say more with less. Pick this one up; you won't regret it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    the.argumentative.bong

    4.75⭐ (rounded off) I'm still crying...let me gather my fractured heart 😭😍 4.75⭐ (rounded off) I'm still crying...let me gather my fractured heart 😭😍

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chaisson

    One of my top 5 favorite books!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Wow!

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