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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

    Shawna :)

    TW// (view spoiler)[ racism, physical abuse, bullying (hide spoiler)] I only got into books written in verse last year and each one has been super impactful in my life. This one was no exception. Me (Moth) follows a young girl named Moth who tragically lost her family in a car crash. As she struggles with grief and feeling guilty for her family's death, she sparks a connection with a boy at her school. Normally when I read books in verse, dialogue is very minimal, so I was very confused and thrown TW// (view spoiler)[ racism, physical abuse, bullying (hide spoiler)] I only got into books written in verse last year and each one has been super impactful in my life. This one was no exception. Me (Moth) follows a young girl named Moth who tragically lost her family in a car crash. As she struggles with grief and feeling guilty for her family's death, she sparks a connection with a boy at her school. Normally when I read books in verse, dialogue is very minimal, so I was very confused and thrown for a loop when I found out how much dialogue was in this book. I’m glad that I stuck with it though as I eventually was able to get into the swing of the writing style and I was lost in the captivating universe that Amber McBride created. Moth and Sani will be characters that I’ll never forget. They’re unique connection formed one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read and they each went on their own journeys of self-discovery that were so interesting to read about. The award for the biggest plot twist I’ve ever read is for sure going to this book. I felt my heart stop when I got to it. It will be unexpected for anyone who reads this book, but the twist feels so perfect for the story. It almost makes me want to read the whole story again with the fresh perspective that the twist gave me. This story is heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. It’s an important story that I hope others read and appreciate as much as I did. I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book through a YallWest giveaway and accessed it through NetGalley but that in no way impacts my review.

  2. 4 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

  3. 4 out of 5

    FloeticFlo

    Wow. Beautiful writing, I learned so much about Najavo myths and creation stories as well as Hoodoo. And that ending though!!! The novel in verse style makes this story a breeze to keep turning the pages and may draw in reluctant readers, too.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Beautiful writing! My heart hurts!

  7. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katya de Becerra

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

  9. 5 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nichole Thornton

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

  11. 4 out of 5

    ali

    holy shit. i did not expect to love this as much as i did. this book took me for a journey and i felt every single bump and crack in the road; but also felt the warmth of the sun on my face and the fresh breeze through the crack in the window. this book deals heavily with grief and the guilt of living. it was wrapped up in such a nice little box with a cute little bow but when you pulled back the wrapping paper, you ended up with paper cuts in your hands and frayed ribbon on your lap. wow this p holy shit. i did not expect to love this as much as i did. this book took me for a journey and i felt every single bump and crack in the road; but also felt the warmth of the sun on my face and the fresh breeze through the crack in the window. this book deals heavily with grief and the guilt of living. it was wrapped up in such a nice little box with a cute little bow but when you pulled back the wrapping paper, you ended up with paper cuts in your hands and frayed ribbon on your lap. wow this packed such a punch. below are a few of my favourite quotes: “& if we forget, headstones remind us that names slouch on without bodies” “he puts two pills into his palm & takes them without water they remind me of seeds & i worry they wont grow in the way he needs them to” “why do cigarettes bother you why clog your lungs when fresh air surrounds you i like having a choice”

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 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!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandie Shanae Bridges

    This book had me in tears at the end. First we meet Moth and she is in a tragic accident with her mother, father, and brother Zachary and only one person survived. As Moth lives with this guilt she is always being reminded by her grandfather/spirit who passed on and was a root worker where he could still sense and contact their ancestors and soon enough moth was able to do the same. So since her family is gone her aunt took her in but her aunt is never present and Moth just feels completely alon This book had me in tears at the end. First we meet Moth and she is in a tragic accident with her mother, father, and brother Zachary and only one person survived. As Moth lives with this guilt she is always being reminded by her grandfather/spirit who passed on and was a root worker where he could still sense and contact their ancestors and soon enough moth was able to do the same. So since her family is gone her aunt took her in but her aunt is never present and Moth just feels completely alone especially at her new school until she met Sani. Sani is a boy who takes a lot of medication and can't stand his stepfather. Also Sani is a Navajo, which he takes pride in and so since neither one of them don't have the attention of their families during the summer time that take this cross-country trip where they visit parks, Navajo country, and a plantation. As they are on this trip Moth is falling for Sani and Sani is falling for Moth but he keeps taking this medication that makes a rift between him and Moth. So Moth is trying to find out why Sani keeps taking this medication. Then as the return from their trip Sani confesses what the medication is and what it is for. He tells Moth that he sees ghost/spirits and so the only for him not to see them is to take the medication. Then as he says this I realize that Moth is a ghost and she also died in the car accident with her family. Honestly I did not see that coming, but I finished this book so quickly because this book was so good. I highly recommend it.

  15. 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    April B.

    Thank you NetGalley and Amber McBride for the opportunity to read the eARC of Me (Moth) Anybody can write a book using thousands of words.... but this is special... Amber McBride has true talent to take few words in a novel written in verse and create powerful feelings and tears, every word is impactful, every verse is stunning and this book will sit in my heart forever I will post my review on Netgalley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google play

  17. 5 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.

  18. 4 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    I am a WRECK, Amber McBride you are so bad for this one, but it’s also a masterpiece so keep up the good work.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Wow!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Snyder

    Gorgeous. Unexpected. Sad, but hopeful.

  26. 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

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

  28. 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    This book is an entire journey and readers are not ready!! I spent most of this book thinking I had it figured out. I was enjoying this serene, beautifully written book about human connections and coping and self-discovery. I enjoyed how much of the story is structured around road trips and various landmarks. It scratched my flighty wandering itch in a really magical way. And then the twist happened. And I read that poem a second time. And I said “what the hell?!” out loud. And I realized that M This book is an entire journey and readers are not ready!! I spent most of this book thinking I had it figured out. I was enjoying this serene, beautifully written book about human connections and coping and self-discovery. I enjoyed how much of the story is structured around road trips and various landmarks. It scratched my flighty wandering itch in a really magical way. And then the twist happened. And I read that poem a second time. And I said “what the hell?!” out loud. And I realized that McBride used her pretty words to play me like a fiddle while I eagerly ate it all up. And this was never the book I thought it was, it was something so much bigger, something else entirely. I think my mouth hung open while reading the ending, as every little puzzle piece slid into place. This is one of those books where the less you know going in, the better. It’s a journey and it’s best experienced if you just let the text take you on that ride. What I can say is that McBride is a genius. Her writing is absolutely stunning and evokes so much emotion from so few words. Her verses tackle some hard-hitting issues with so much tact and delicacy. This book will stay with me for a very long time. I know I’ll be thinking about it, playing it over in my mind. I’m completely in awe of McBride’s talent and look forward to eagerly scooping up whatever she publishes next. Highly and widely recommended. Special thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review 3.5 stars This was an emotional, beautiful story about first love and life; the story is told in verse and while it is short, it tells a powerful story of two teens—for the most part of the book on a road trip—discovering more about themselves, each other, and their history. Their story was intriguing and meaningful to read, though I didn’t feel as connected to them as I wanted to. For me, I love reading novels *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review 3.5 stars This was an emotional, beautiful story about first love and life; the story is told in verse and while it is short, it tells a powerful story of two teens—for the most part of the book on a road trip—discovering more about themselves, each other, and their history. Their story was intriguing and meaningful to read, though I didn’t feel as connected to them as I wanted to. For me, I love reading novels in verse for the prose and overall story but I never feel as connected to the characters and this book was the same way. There was also discussion of the Navajo Nation and slavery as the two rode across the US which were so impactful. The prose was beautiful; personally, I think of it as a “quiet” narrative but I don’t know if anyone will understand what that means, haha. The ending was also incredible but I didn’t see it coming so that was a fun surprise! I did quite enjoy this book, it’s a quick but meaningful read and I’d highly recommend it.

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