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

The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Title: The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Expected publication: July 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary

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.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce came to me at the exact moment in time that I needed it most. I've had this book on my TBR pile from the very first moment I heard about it. I was very intrigued by it and yet had no idea what to expect. It's been weeks since I've read it and I'm still thinking about it. 

Molly Pierce is losing more and more time, not in the sense that she's dying, no. I mean she's losing chunks of time and not knowing what happen during those minutes, hours is taking its toll on her. Waking up with cuts and bruises that weren't there... blinking and are somehow driving your car half way out of the state. We've all had those out of body experiences, but how would you deal with something as big as this?  It’s a scary thing, but are you willing to tell someone about it and appear crazy or do you hide it from everyone and try to figure it out yourself? 

I really don’t want to go into detail because I feel like you have to go into this book completely blind to really grasp everything that’s going on. Believe me, you’ll enjoy it so much more if you know absolutely nothing about it. That being said I’ll be very vague with a few things. Molly’s character development was astonishing, truly it was.  A lot of authors have a hard time with this because they usually wait until the second book or if they do it isn't done right. Leno’s writing is absolutely flawless when it came to this. I was instantly attached to her and I loved the fact that we were right there with her trying to figure out what exactly was going on. Every character in The Half Life of Molly Pierce plays a part and I’m so glad Leno decided to go that route. It made the book so much more rounded. 

The Half Life of Molly Pierce really makes you question a lot about yourself. Not to the depth that Molly is actually going through. But something small and insignificant to might actually be but into perceptive and make you see things in a new light. The Half Life of Molly Pierce has to be one of the best debuts I've read this year. I can easily say that it has made my top five reads of 2014. The Half Life of Molly Pierce is an emotionally gripping story that will have you devouring the pages just to piece them all together. I truly can’t recommend it enough! 


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