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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  4,406 ratings  ·  663 reviews
Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten.

In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philade
Paperback, 338 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Riverhead Books
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I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Tonight I came home from work, fed my critters, and at about 6pm I picked up this book and started reading it. While I was reading it I occasionally thought I was a little hungry but I kept reading. And once or twice I thought I was maybe thirsty. But I kept reading. It's now just after 8:30 and I have just finished this book.

Yes. It was that good.

Sometimes when you read a story about historical events you gain a sense of what they may h
Without the horrible made up story about Margot Frank, this could have been a nice story. Now it's just a lie, covered in a historical-fiction, made up by yet another young American woman who writes about the Holocaust. I hope people will remember the real history about Margot, Anne and their family. How both girls died in Bergen-Belsen, a month before the liberation. I want to invite the writer to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam to see the picture of Otto Frank, standing in the attic, o ...more
"I have been hiding for so long that it has become all I am. And I realize I am not even truly certain why I am still hiding, except now it is all I know."**

I knew nothing about the book Margot until I attended a Penguin event this spring, and met the lovely author Jillian Cantor. I remember her telling me about her book and thinking that it sounded like a fascinating and moving concept, but in my head, I was pretty sure that I'd never read it for myself. Mostly, because it seemed like an incr
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My opinion: OMG...I loved this book!

Normally, I am not a fan of fictional revisionist history. The majority of them I have read, there was NO WAY that the story EVER could have happened and I found myself constantly rolling my eyes, but this one worked. One could see this happening. There was nothing over the top about the story that the author portrays. I wholeheartedly disagree with a couple of Goodreads reviewers who call this book light and chicklit
Aug 03, 2013 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: for-me
Admittedly and quite cowardly, I have refrained from reading or watching anything surrounding the Holocaust most of my entire life. I would walk by displays in my elementary library as a child that would highlight the "Diary of Anne Frank" and I was afraid of it. i have generally treated it as a part of our history that I wish I could pretend never really happened, but that doesn't honor or respect the lives and memories that were forever altered by horrific acts.

For someone with my hesitancy, J
Dec 07, 2014 Zoe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read Anne Frank's diary

"And let us not forget Margot, who kept her 
own diary, which was never found."
- Miep Gies
While I really enjoyed Cantor's Searching for Sky, I absolutely fell head over heels for her historical retelling Margot. Margot hit me on a much more personal and emotional level than her other novel did, as well as leaving me with a lot to think about too.

If you've read Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, you'll remember that Anne has an older sister named Margot, who has somewhat been forgotten i
I should have trusted my gut! I wasn't interested in this book when if first came out ---given it was a fictionalized Historical Holocaust story. (I had my doubts) ---but???
I was sitting by a pool not long ago when I saw a woman reading it (didn't know the woman) --asked if she liked it ---She said 'yes'....(I downloaded it onto my Kindle within 30 seconds).

I wanted to enjoy this book! I always want to enjoy the book I'm reading. (I think I'm pretty 'easy' to please) ---

Yet--I was bored with th
Carla Clifford
This novel re-imagines Anne Frank’s sister’s experience in post WWII America. Margot Frank – who now calls herself Margie Franklin and is working at a Philadelphia based Jewish law firm -- has been hiding her identity as well as what happened between her and her sister. As Anne’s popularity grows, Margie’s life begins to fall apart -- her future in America is at stake unless she is able to come to terms with what happened in her previous life. This book asks the question – How do you assimilate ...more
The Diary of Anne Frank has been beloved since its publication in 1947, with several film versions made and shifted perspectives written. But Jillian Cantor’s Margot is both a retelling and an alternate history of the original story recorded in Anne Frank’s diary. Cantor imagines a scenario where Margot Frank does not perish in Bergen-Belsen, but survives the Holocaust and begins a new life as Margie Franklin, working as a law secretary in Philadelphia. Though she tries desperately to hide her t ...more
Melissa Crytzer Fry
We’ve all read Anne Frank’s Diary – required reading for most in our teens. Author Jillian Cantor adds a twist to the harrowing story we know. She asks the question: what if Anne’s older sister Margot actually survived? What if she made it to America?

That question, alone, is enough to carry the story and entice the reader to keep reading. Yet Cantor ramps up the tension and like a skilled juggler, tosses multiple storylines and conflicts into the novel—each (which I can’t share with you, for fea
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In the spring of 1959,The Diary of Anne Frankhas just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and a country she left behind.

Margie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who
I was lucky enough to attend a book event in NYC a couple of months ago, where I received (and had signed by Jillian!) an ARC of Margot.

This is a spectacular novel. Jillian has done an incredible job shedding some, albeit fictitious, light on a widely over looked historical figure. Margot, or "Margie", is the older sister of Anne Frank and this novel is from her point of view as it may have been after the holocaust, had she survived it. A very confused and frightened, yet endearing young woman
The idea of this book is really compelling, and the story itself is developed pretty well. But the writing itself fell a bit short for me -- there were some over-wrought motifs and images that I'm hoping a sensitive editor will tone down in the final version. But it's definitely worth reading and draws you in. So compelling, in fact, that I risked getting a parking ticket to run into my job where I left it on my day off. I was there for exactly one minute, and alas, my risk was a poor one. C'est ...more
Can you hide from your past and change who you are? If you try, what do you risk losing? Those are some of the questions thoughtfully explored in this novel that proposes an alternative history in which Margot Frank, sister of Anne Frank, survives the Holocaust and moves to Philadelphia. Great book club choice.
Jennifer Reierson
An amazing fictional tale of the story of Margot Frank, Anne Frank's sister, who escaped the nazis and started over in America. This story is haunting me.
I genuinely don't know how to rate this. Maybe 3.5 stars?

It's not a bad story, by any means. I still have issues with it, some related to the story itself, and some just to the concept. I have to say, I think the last quarter of the book is definitely the strongest, though I wish the last chapter had been slightly... more.

The narrative itself is good. Not perfect, but solid. It was an emotional book, and I thought Margot's emotions and feelings (her fears and tentative affections, her hesitation

Back-Story: I was fortunate enough to win this book off of Goodreads First Reads. It came within a few weeks which surprised me because the other book I’ve won took eight weeks.

Review: Fantastic. Incredible. Amazing. Intriguing. These are words I would use to describe this book. It is completely fictional, but it kind of feels like it could be true. Like maybe Margot didn’t die at Bergen-Belsen. Maybe she lived and moved to America and started a new life. Th
This novel exceeds at being quiet but loud at the same time. The main character, Anne Frank's older sister, is so painfully drawn into herself that she almost disappears. Suffering from what must be PTSD, she is pulled so taut with fear that you can almost hear her vibrate. But in her innermost thoughts she confronts and defeats huge demons; not the demons of yesterday (the Nazis), but demons of self such as fear of being brave, fear of standing out, fear of being different, fear of standing up ...more
Caren ~ the misfit geek
This story is incredibly moving. I had heard many good things about the book and was anxious to read it. I was not disappointed. Not only was the story compelling but the writing was amazing. I was swept away from the start.

There is not much information on Margot Frank but the author stayed true to what is available in developing her character. Ms. Cantor took the little that was known and crafted a captivating character. Margie’s fears and insecurities felt very real. I wondered at some points
This imaginary tale of what would have become of Anne Frank’s sister had she escaped the Nazis during WWII absolutely captivated me from the moment I opened it until I read the last page – which I did in nearly one sitting, I might add, so entranced was I with the story. Jillian Cantor has masterfully written a novel that will surprise many with the emotion it brings into play. She has skillfully woven together scenes from Margie/Margot’s present-day story in 1959 with her memories of the past, ...more
“Can you hide from your past and change who you are? If you try, what do you risk losing? This delicately written novel proposes an alternate fate for Anne Frank’s sister: Margot Frank survives the war, moves to Philadelphia, finds work as a law secretary and assumes the identity ‘Margie Franklin.’ But when the movie version of The Diary of a Young Girl is released and the law firm takes on the case of a Holocaust survivor, Margot’s past and Margie’s carefully constructed present collide. This g ...more
Linda Lee Greene
Jillian Cantor’s Novel Margot—Artful Amendment of The Diary of Anne Frank
Author Jillian Cantor’s Margot, an ambitious “what-if’ story worthy of studying by writers and savoring by readers follows a trend among some contemporary writers of offering a new “take” on a time-honored history/story. Recently, I came upon an internet discussion by a writer who has authored a modern-day love story based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—and my author friends K. R. Hughes and T. L. Burns, in their What S
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oct 01, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Shae
4.5 stars

Though World War II era fiction of just about any sort has a high level of appeal for me, I’m wary of these “what if?” stories. It seems there are so many ways in which they could go wrong. In this case, I needn’t have worried, however, for Jillian Cantor handles this subject matter respectfully, beautifully, and cleverly.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions
Jun 02, 2015 rachel marked it as abandoned
It seems plenty of other people have enjoyed this book, but I am not on board with imagining a new history where Margot Frank survived the Holocaust to have a crush on her boss. That's kind of flippant of me, because of course she's also dealing with the tragedy of losing family and Peter, and the trauma of the Holocaust. But around page 150, I'm kind of stalled in a rut of predictable emotions and situations regarding both plot points. Of course she feels the way she feels, in terms of what a c ...more

Unbelievably good.

Margot is the heartbreaking, breathtaking story of Margot Frank, Anne Frank’s older sister. The heartbreaking part is knowing that she is dead. That she and her sister and so many other WW2 victims died a horrible death, and should not have. The novel brings light onto what could have been, what should have been, but what never was. And that is what makes it all so sad.

In the book Margot {Margie Franklin} escaped the cattle cars on the way to camp. She ran and nev
I enjoy "what if?" stories, and this one is quite imaginative: what if Anne Frank's sister had survived? Jillian Cantor takes a well-known historical figure and transforms her into a compelling fictional character. As with any speculative historical fiction, the author has the liberty to carry the story wherever she thinks it could have gone -- and Cantor goes to a place that, while seemingly ordinary, is a logical landing place for the Margot we all came to know through Anne Frank's diary. I ha ...more
This book was great. I had been carrying it around in my car (because it's important to always have something to read) and picked it up when I had a wait at the doctor's office. After that, I couldn't put it down. I think it only took me a few hours to read--it's an easy read, very compelling. In a nutshell, the story is about Margie Franklin, who lives in Philadelphia and works for a Jewish law firm. Her secret is that she's actually Margot Frank, Anne Frank's sister, who was thought to have be ...more
A fantastic, fantastic book on so many levels. This is the book I will be giving as a gift to all my reader friends.
T. Greenwood
Review will come later...I got a chance to read an advanced copy. Wonderful!
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Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from The University of Arizona. She is the author of award-winning novels for teens and adults including the critically acclaimed MARGOT, which was a Library Reads pick for September 2013 and also featured in O the Oprah Magazine, People, Ladies Home Journal, and Her most recent book for teens, SEARCHING FOR SKY, (B ...more
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