Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by: Katrina Leno

Release Day: July 8, 2014
from Harper TEEN
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

This book was insanely addictive. Once I began reading I simply could not put it down until I finished. Good thing it’s a pretty quick read. I pretty much flew through the pages in search of my answers. This is the kind of book that really messes with your mind.

Molly has been losing chunks of time for the past year now and has been keeping it a secret from everyone around her. However, one pretty shocking event starts to change everything and suddenly bits and pieces of her lost time start coming back to her. Pretty soon she is learning what she did with her lost time and that things are not exactly how they seem. I can’t really say more without giving away the twist.

Speaking of the twist, I will admit that I figured out what was going on with the lost time very early on. That was fine. What I was most interested in was discovering the catalyst for all of this. That is what kept me turning page after page. When we finally get there, when we finally figure out what started it all, I was kinda let down. For me it was just a bit anticlimactic; and not in that what started it all wasn’t horrible or sad, but more in that I feel like the big reveal didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. I’m not sure that makes sense, but I’m trying to keep this spoiler free. Also, the writing style wasn’t my favorite in this one. It’s told from Molly’s point of view and sometimes she just kept rambling on and on and it felt like one giant internal monologue. I wanted to get to know some of the secondary characters better. This is a personal thing though on my end, I just couldn’t always keep up with Molly.

Other than that though I really did enjoy the book. It really keeps you glued to the pages and I was very much invested in Molly’s story. I love that the book really messes with your head. Even though I thought I knew the answer, I always had some doubt in my mind. It is the kind of book that won’t let you stop reading until you finally have your answers. When I finally closed the book I released the biggest sigh because now I could rest.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a very addictive and very quick read. Definitely one to pick up with you want your mind messed with.


  1. This sounds like a good read! And I do love a book that messes with your head. And even though you did figure out some of the plot, glad it didn't take away from the overall book!

    Lovely review, as always, my dear friend!!

  2. Love the concept of losing time... and it sounds like this is well done.

  3. I adore a read that messes with my head!! This sounds good, Wifey -- I'm adding it to my list! Fantastic review, sweets xo

  4. I have this one and need to get to it. Glad to hear it's fast and addicting!

  5. Oh wow, it's been a long time since I've read a book that messed with my mind. Addictive sounds good, too!
    So glad you enjoyed!

  6. So I tend to be okay with figuring things out ahead of time as long as I enjoy the details. Sounds like that part lacked a bit. That's too bad. Glad you enjoyed it overall though.

  7. I hate it when the build up to the big reveal is so BIG, only to have the reveal be disappointing. I am glad you still liked the story. It does sound interesting. Great review, Teresa!


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