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Me (Moth)

By: Amber McBride
Narrated by: Amber McBride
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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook is read by the author. 

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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Feiwel and Friends. 

©2022 Amber McBride (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"This searing debut novel-in-verse is told from the perspective of Moth, a Black teen whose life changed forever the day a car crash killed her family.... Each free verse poem is tightly composed, leading into the next for a poignant and richly layered narrative. The story builds softly and subtly to a perfect, bittersweet ending. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson won’t be able to put this one down." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"McBride artfully weaves Black Southern Hoodoo traditions with those of the Navajo/Diné people, creating a beautiful and cross-cultural reverence for the earth, its inhabitants, and our ancestors. Readers will be consumed with the weight of McBride’s intentionality from road trip stops to the nuance of everything that goes unsaid. Written in verse, this novel is hauntingly romantic, refusing to be rushed or put down without deep contemplation of what it means to accept the tragedies of our lives and to reckon with the ways we metamorphosize as a result of them." (Booklist, starred review)

"Two years after a devastating car accident killed her family as they drove from New York to northern Virginia, aspiring dancer Moth, the Black granddaughter of a Hoodoo root worker, is still navigating the accident’s fallout, which includes a mark on her face 'as crisp as the tip of a whip from jaw to eye'. Poignant free verse details her resignation to a 'bland' existence in the suburbs.... When a new student - talented Navajo musician Sani - shows up in her junior homeroom class, Moth finds a kindred spirit whose similarly painful past and physically abusive stepfather compound his depression." (Publishers Weekly)

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There is such a lot of Heaven

Recommended by my 14 yea4 old granddaughter. I loved her and appreciated the gentle magic in her spirit the first moment I saw her, but that we can share this lovely book experience binds us with red silk threads through the light of the true Moon. 5 stars aren’t enough.

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stream of consciousness.

this book felt like it was a stream of consciousness an outline of a story that needed to be formed together. it felt like somebody was texting you a story One of those stream textures that text a sentence in eight different text text. it wasn't a terrible story I felt her emotion and the figurative language she used was unique and different and I enjoyed that part. again I felt like it was just a stream of consciousness and no real point. it's a short read with great figurative language but the story felt incomplete in fragmented.

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Stick with it...the twist is worth it.

Initially I loved this book. The language is beautiful. Then it got to the point where it felt like too much. Similar to eating too much of something sweet. Then the twist...wow. I'm glad I stick with it.