Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Source: Received in exchange for 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.
I had no idea what to expect upon starting The Half Life of Molly Pierce. I had a vague idea about a girl who can’t remember parts of her life, but it turned out to be much more than that. Molly Pierce (sorry, I don’t feel like typing out the title every time) is a story that covers a lot: it goes over friendship, depression, accepting yourself.
What I really enjoyed about Molly Pierce was its openmindedness. It features a psychiatrist, and he’s only ever seen in a positive light. Molly Pierce refusues to participate in any of the stigmas and stereotypes that surround mental illness and everyone involved. Instead, it describes everything verying from neutral to positive. I’m really glad this book did that and didn’t make Alex, the psychiatrist, out to be some kind of antagonist. Alex is important and really helps Molly with everything. She trusts him, and I’m just so glad this side of it all is portrayed in The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Usually, the “shrinks” are seen as bad people, people who only want to make money or people who don’t really listen and treat others like they’re irresponsible kids. None of this in Molly Pierce, and (this is the last time I’ll say it, promise) I’m just really glad.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a difficult book to review, because I’m not quite sure what’s considered spoiler and what isn’t. I think it would be for the best if you go into Molly Pierce with almost no knowledge of the story, like I did. I had no idea what to expect, and I think that was a positive influence on my experience, overall. The twist was certainly unexpected. I wondered how the author was going to explain certain things, but she did so in a convincing way. The twist itself was quite brilliantly revealed, and despite this being her debut the author portrayed some definite skill.
In fact, the whole book was skillfully written. The book was written in stream-of-consciousness style, which could have meant a problem. I have a love-hate relationship with stream of consciousness, but Leno definitely pulled it off, and I can see other readers who aren’t a fan of stream of consciousness enjoying this as well. The way the book is written felt very natural and fit it very well. There were also quite a few passages that showed some lovely writing, and left me hoping this wouldn’t be Leno’s last novel.
Overall, I think The Half Life of Molly Pierce is rather excellent. It sports an open mind and will offer the reader new insights in certain topics. Leno’s prose fit the novel perfectly, and is easy to read. Combine that with the length of this novel – only 256 pages – and I breezed through this. I also think this is a novel anyone with an open mind and anyone having some kind of connection with metal illness should read. The story is very hopeful and makes a point of accepting yourself, and for some it just may mean a push in the right direction.
~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me a review copy!~
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