DNF Review: I Am Margaret Moore

I went into this book open minded, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me. The actual story and content wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t something that I enjoyed and had a hard time getting through.

I received an e-ARC of I Am Margaret Moore from Wednesday Books through NetGalley in exchange for a review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.


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I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin
Release Date: March 22, 2022
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller
Pages: 320
Rating: star.5
Goodreads

Lyrical and haunting, Hannah Capin’s I Am Margaret Moore is a paranormal thriller that tests the hold of sisterhood and truth.

I am a girl. I am a monster, too.

Each summer the girls of Deck Five come back to Marshall Naval School. They sail on jewel-blue waters; they march on green drill-fields; they earn sunburns and honors. They push until they break apart and heal again, stronger.

Each summer Margaret and Rose and Flor and Nisreen come back to the place where they are girls, safe away from the world: sisters bound by something more than blood.

But this summer everything has changed. Girls are missing and a boy is dead. It’s because of Margaret Moore, the boys say. It’s because of what happened that night in the storm.

Margaret’s friends vanish one by one, swallowed up into the lies she has told about what happened between her and a boy with the world at his feet. Can she unravel the secrets of this summer and last, or will she be pulled under by the place she once called home?


To start off, I didn’t like Hannah’s other book, Foul is Fair either. Honestly, I was kind of vibing with the plot and the prose, but the triggering plot line that had no warning, sent me into a full panic attack and that was not fun. I wanted to give her new book a fair shot, but unfortunately, I just wasn’t vibing with it and had to DNF.

The biggest difference between the two books was that the prose was strange and I’ve never been a fan of trying to be ultra-lyrical to create confusion or mystery in a book. I couldn’t follow along with anything that was going on because it was being coded or extra confusing and I understood nothing. It was like the book was written for prose, but decided to be poetry instead. Now, I usually don’t have a problem with poetry or poetry based stories, but this was just made no sense to me. In addition, I don’t want to have to reread paragraphs of text in order to understand of the story and the scene.

It’s sad too, because I was kind of interested in what the mystery of this boy was and what was going to happen. We hadn’t gotten into the full plot line yet but I was too lost to keep going forward. The setting, the writing style, and really everything about this book was just not for me. I wasn’t vibing with it and couldn’t push myself to keep going. So, unfortunately, I had to DNF at 25%.

I’m not sure if this author’s books are meant for me, but I’m glad I at least gave this book a try.

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