The Half Life of Molly Pierce
An intricately woven debut psychological mystery and a profound coming of age story for fans of Made You Up by Francesca Zappia and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
“Introduces a fierce new presence.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“5 out of 5 bright, beautiful stars.” —Teenreads.com
“A fascinating debut...something original indeed. Readers will absolutely need to know the end of this unique inward-facing mystery.” —ALA Booklist
For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Her memory is perforated with holes and gaps. But then a horrible accident changes everything.
Now she’s starting to remember her own disturbing secrets. And bit by bit, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led—and the love that she can’t let go.
For the past year, 17-year-old Molly has been suffering blackouts, waking up hours later unable to remember what she's been doing. When she witnesses a fatal motorcycle accident, Lyle, the dying victim, knows who she is even though she has never met him. As Molly pieces together the story of her friendships with the self-centered Lyle and his dependable and attractive brother, Sayer, she discovers how little she knows about her own life. Alternating clipped sentences and run-on thoughts to create a unique voice, newcomer Leno conveys the everyday struggles of living with depression, "wondering how just living and breathing and showering and brushing our teeth and combing our hair could be this fucking hard?" Molly's relationships with other characters stand out in their complexity; remembering Lyle, she "watch as we progress backward from best friends who sort of hate each other to best friends who love each other to best friends who are unsure of how close they are." The twist the novel builds toward introduces a fierce new presence and ensures a quietly tragic road to the hopeful ending. Ages 13 up.
I first downloaded the sample and I was in love with it. So I bought the whole book. It was very short but it was also very boring. Towards the end I found myself just zoning out and not even reading. Sort of disappointing .. Strong start to a crappy ending.