[eARC Review] The Half Life of Molly Pierce

Monday, July 07, 2014

Title: The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC provided from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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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.

This book was more than I expected it to be, and I think it is because I went into it without knowing exactly what the book was about. If you are going to read this book I suggest not reading the synopsis because I do think it gives away most of the book. Which is sad because the mystery of this book and its main character Molly was the reason I gave this book 5 stars.

Molly Pierce is a regular teenage girl, until you find out that she blacks out and is missing whole chunks of time where she has no idea where she goes or what she does. This aspect in and of itself is something that would grab me because seriously, where did she go?? I wanted to know so bad. And so when an accident happens which opens doors as to what is happening to her, i was gripped and could not let go until the book was over. But this book was not only a mystery, it is also a books of self discovery. Molly needed to figure out who she was and these blackouts were a means of finding out.

Molly was a great character to read about because she was real. She was extremely easy to like, which is key in a YA novel, and I could relate to her, even if her life was nothing like mine. There was a small romance but all I will say is that it was a very different kind of love story that was not neat and tidy. It was messy and full of very complicated feelings and issues. The one aspect of this story and of Molly herself was that as readers, we were not totally in the dark as to what was happening to her. I figured out what was happening very early on, but I think that was the point. The point of this book was not to figure out what was going on, but watching Molly figure it out for herself and how she dealt with it.

The writing in this book was amazing and I loved every second of it. The author had the ability to create characters that were so vivid and real and yet found flaws in every one of them that just made them all the more likable and real. The writing was sharp. engaging and extremely real and I loved Molly's voice and how consistant it was throughout the book.

As for the end, i have heard many mixed things from different bloggers,  but I loved the end because it felt real. The cause of the blackouts is not what you would expect and I really liked that the author did not make it dramatic just for the sake of it. The end made sense for all the characters and although the end was tied in a bow HEA, it was as much a happy ending as could be expected.

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