Margot Mertz Takes It Down (Hardcover)

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This is an absolute romp, y'all. I love a book that can deal with serious issues and also make you laugh out loud. I started this book on my lunch break and ended it staying up WAY too late finishing it the same night. There's feminism, there's a main character coming to terms with her actions as opposed to who she thinks she is, and there's so much funny. I cannot wait for everyone to read this book.

— From Anna's Staff Picks


Veronica Mars meets Moxie in this hilarious and biting YA contemporary novel following Margot Mertz, a girl who runs an internet cleanup business and embarks on a quest to take down a revenge-porn site targeting the girls in her school.

For the right price, high school junior Margot Mertz will go to the ends of the internet to remove your nip-slip, dick pic, or embarrassing DM. At least that's what it says on her business card. Margot founded a now notorious company that helps students, teachers, even a local weatherman, discreetly clean up their digital shame. And since her parents lost her college fund, Margot is happy to work for anyone... if they can pay, she can clean.
But when a fellow student hires her to take down some leaked nudes, Margot discovers a secret revenge porn site featuring Roosevelt High girls. And hell hath no fury like Margot when she sees girls’ butts shared without their consent. With the help of an unwitting ally, the popular and uncomfortably handsome Avery Green, Margot will gain access to the far flung cliques of Roosevelt High. Anything to find the mastermind (read: asshole) behind the site. But the more she digs, the deeper and darker the case becomes until Margot realizes that some jobs are so dirty, no one can come away clean. Even her. Gross.


About the Author

Carrie McCrossen is a writer (The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, Funny or Die), an actor (Divorce, Adam Ruins Everything), and a longtime performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
Ian McWethy is a playwright whose plays have been performed in over fifty countries and are routinely among the top ten most produced one-acts in the US.
This is Carrie and Ian's debut novel. And thanks to years of counseling, it did not destroy their marriage.
You can visit Carrie online at or follow her on Twitter @CarrieMcCrossen.
You can visit Ian online at or follow him on Twitter at @IanMcWethy.

Praise For…

"The ultimate horror story for Extremely Online People. In their engrossing debut, Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy have crafted a twisty-turny narrative that had me laughing one minute and screaming the next. Margot Mertz is the hero we all need!"--Adam Sass, award-winning author of Surrender Your Sons
"A laugh out loud, heartfelt mystery starring a hilarious, spiky, and lovable heroine. Margot takes on the two most gut-churning institutions: patriarchy and high school. What can I say? Margot Mertz Takes My Heart!"--Ash Parsons, author of You're So Dead
"A thoughtful, funny, righteously angry take on a serious subject."--Kirkus Reviews

"McCrossen and McWethy don’t pull punches (the victims’ distress, and the fact that no one thinks the school administration will intervene, are realistically rendered), while making Margot a sympathetic, fury-propelled narrator with a winningly noir-inflected voice."--Publishers Weekly
"In their debut novel, McCrossen and McWethy have tackled a pertinent and sensitive topic and buoyed it with the hilarious awkwardness characterizing the teenage years...The witty first-person perspective and Margot's self-assuance will have readers breezing through the story."--Booklist
"Margot’s righteous fury will resonate with many readers, who will cheer her efforts to protect victims, gain justice, and enact revenge."--BCCB

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593205259
ISBN-10: 0593205251
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English