Margot Mertz Takes it Down - Carrie McCrossen & Ian McWethy
Margot Mertz cleans your filth! Not that kind ya hoarder, the internet kind. If you have something out there on the internet you don't want anyone to see, Margot will make it go away. For a price. This time, Margot has her work cut out for her. Some boys at her high school are posting nude pics of her female classmates on a secret site and the ladies in question want it taken down, pronto. First step? Find out who is running the site. Should be simple, right? Wrong!
I just want to put a disclaimer that this book touches on some pretty heavy stuff. I will not go into any of the heavy here in my review but wanted everyone to be aware should you decide to pick up your own copy.
Here's what's sad about Margot Mertz takes it down, between August and its debut on 11/9/21, I only heard about it one time. Viking, you have truly done this book a disservice by not screaming about it from the rooftops, putting it on billboards, and calling all Marshmallows to check it out. The one time I heard about it (an IG post) was enough for me though. Calling it Veronica Mars-esque was all I needed to check it out. If you didn't know I am a massive Mars fan. Probably would put it in my top 5 tv shows of all time. But this post isn't about Veronica, it's about Margot.
Margot Mertz is the type of person we all would have loved to be or loved to be friends with in high school. Too bad Margot doesn't really do friends. She's witty, smart, a quick thinker, she's a for sure Independent and definitely a marshmallow. She is easily relatable and gives her "life up until now" spiel in such a way that I 1000 % believe Carrie was channeling her inner teenager. I really appreciate the growth of her character throughout the book and the relationship she has with her parents seems to help keep her grounded, just a little.
I'm going to giveaway my age here but....you hade me at SKI SCHOOL! ☠ pretty sure I saw that one night when I was staying up late at my grandmas house (the only person I knew who had cable, so I always stayed up late when I was there). Ah...USA Up All Night, the good old days. Trash TV at it's finest. I digress. The things that really make this book unique and fun are the annotations that added more wit to an already colorful narrator and the way that Mrs. McCrossen's use of metaphors throughout helped make some pretty heavy subject matter a bit more palatable.
"Would he show you his dick in real life? Probably not. That would be creepy. And illegal. So why is he showing you his digital one?"
My final words on the book are: AAAAHHHHHH THE ENDING! THE ENDING! CARRIE MCCROSSEN I NEED MORE MARGOT MERTZ! STAT! (Also, has anyone purchased the rights to make this a TV show because that needs to be done. Like NOW!
I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 15 as it does deal with the serious subject of revenge porn and mentions sexual assault a few times. I wouldn't suggest it for younger readers.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars from this Marshmallow for Margot Mertz!
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