Review // Meet Me in the Margins

If you’re looking for a book that’s just plain fun and has some of the funniest banter I’ve ever read, Meet Me in the Margins is for you. 


Savannah Cade is a low-level editor at Pennington Publishing, a prestigious publisher producing only the highest of highbrow titles. And while editing the latest edition of The Anthology of Medieval Didactic Poetry may be her day job, she has two secrets she’s hiding.

One: She’s writing a romance novel.

Two: She’s discovered the Book Nook—a secret room in the publishing house where she finds inspiration for her “lowbrow” hobby.

After leaving her manuscript behind one afternoon, she returns to the nook only to discover someone has written notes in the margins. Savannah’s first response to the criticism is defensive, but events transpire that force her to admit that she needs the help of this shadowy editor after all. As the notes take a turn for the romantic, and as Savannah’s madcap life gets more complicated than ever, she uses the process of elimination to identify her mysterious editor—only to discover that what she truly wants and what she should want just might not be the same. Melissa Ferguson’s latest—a love letter to books, readers, and romance—will leave fans laughing out loud and swooning in the same breath.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and have a new book boyfriend: William Pennington. What. A. Guy. Unlike a lot of other You’ve Got Mail retellings, Margins does a great job at showing right from the get go that there is much more to William than meets the eye, and that first impressions can be deceiving. Rather than make him wooden, cold, and too stoic, as so many other retellings tend to do (which I’m not necessarily complaining about, this was just a refreshing take!), William was engaging, enigmatic, and funny. 

This is such an easy book to fly through. I struggled initially with getting into the story as I felt like it was unnecessarily focusing on all of the ways that Savannah was flawed, how she didn’t measure up to her sister, and the dynamic among Savannah, her sister, and her ex-boyfriend/sister’s fiancé, Ferris (yep, you read that right—ouch). In fact, the focus on Savannah’s body as compared to her sister’s, and her sister’s obsessive focus on exercise, were too much and was one of the aspects I enjoyed the least, as it felt unnecessary and a bit out-of-touch. However, once the story began to shift away from those aspects and move more towards Savannah’s writing, the mystery editor (although that was also a little eye-roll-worthy—it was obviously William!), and her interactions with William, I was totally engaged and on board. 

There were so many moments that made me smile, laugh, and swoon. I tabbed the ones that particularly stood out to me and by the time I was finished, I had several tabs sticking out of the book. Meet Me in the Margins isn’t as physically romantic (i.e., there’s no kissing until the end, no steam), as some of the other contemporary romances on the market right now, but it’s a great example of how chemistry isn’t just physical—that a wonderful connection can be felt even without physical intimacy—and I think it was a testament to how strong of a connection Savannah and William had that I felt so strongly about the two of them without needing kissing, intimacy, etc.

Read this if

  • You love You’ve Got Mail
  • You enjoy books about books and the publishing industry
  • You enjoy closed-door romances
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ / 5
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