The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
HarperTeen, 240 Pages
Source: eARC via Edelweiss (Thanks!)
Age Group: Young Adult
Recommended for: fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and/or Another Little Piece
Noteworthy: 2014 YA Debut Author
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 hybrid between – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and..something else – maybe Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn. It sounds weird, but it works. This is another title where the word bizarre is the first things that comes to mind but maybe I’m using bizarre and Unreliable Narrator interchangeably when I shouldn’t. Regardless, if you enjoy being in the dark, this is definitely a book to check out.
I would have enjoyed this one so much more if I hadn’t accidentally come across a NON HIDDEN spoiler on GoodReads (come on, people – they give you the option to hide those spoilers!!) – SO THANKS, person who put up a spoiler. I feel like reading that tiny piece of information when I was 25% into the book altered my view so much. I spent the remaining 3/4 of the book waiting for the character to figure it all out, which was super frustrating – and the worst part is that it’s not even the book’s fault. I probably would have been right there with her if it hadn’t been for that spoiler. RAWR!
Aside from that tragedy, this book was well written (but SHORT!). It’s a strong debut and a perfect read for those who love unreliable narrators.
PS – the love triangle? WHY. It was part lovey dovey, part stalkerish, and part emo. And felt way too much like Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries.