07 July 2014

{Book Review} The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

By: Me My Shelf And I | 07 July 2014 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | |


The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 5 Birds

You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.
You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.
You live and you remember.
Me, I live and I forget.
But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

What started out as a novel I worried I might not like because of the disjointed feeling from the writing style, is easily one of the most interesting and well put together books I've read all year.

Molly is missing bits of her life. When the novel opens she's driving and has no idea how she got there or how long she has been gone. She knows she's wearing her favorite sweater and that she put it on before she left for school that morning. She knows she went to school, but how long she stayed is a mystery to her. At this point I thought this was going to be a simple memory loss novel, something that I had read before but with new faces and a new cover. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's not a memory loss novel – not even close. This is nothing like I have read before, and likely nothing like I will ever read again. It's stands on it's own, powerful and captivating – and even when you figure it out he author still has so much riding on the rest of the pages you will only want to read faster.

After a few pages you realize the disjointed writing style, where in a better explanation things are spoken simply. Effectively. Is not only essential to the plot, but almost becomes it's own character in the book. The other life Molly learns she's living, is perfectly represented by this.

Molly must unravel this mystery on her own, working backward in flashes, all set in motion from the minute she's driving at the beginning of the book. She's all but catapulted into things when shortly after she's aware she's in a car a motorcycle that was recklessly chasing her is involved in an accident and the boy in under the helmet knows her, but she doesn't know him. Or does she?

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5BirdsMy favorite line from the book. I loved it so much I made a graphic for it!! You'll have to read the book to understand it, but basically it should be the new conversation filler when an awkward silence takes over… *wink*



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