Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno Review

Title: The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A thrilling, frightening, fast-paced novel about a girl suffering from dissociative personality disorder, The Half Life of Molly Pierce completely blew my mind--a great, thought-provoking novel!

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Molly Pierce knows that there's something wrong with her. Only problem is, she can't really seem to figure out what.. Her memories come and go, and she blacks out for hours at a time, never knowing where she is.. As if this wasn't all frightening enough, she sees a boy die--and that boy's brother is eerily familiar to Molly, even though she's certain that they've never met. As Molly tries to piece together her fractured memories, another person seems to emerge from Molly.. Another person who is just like her..

What I enjoyed:
-I really liked the pacing of this novel--it was breakneck and the writing style, sparse and eerie, drew me in immediately
-I loved the gorgeous setting of Massachusetts, I could almost smell the ocean, and it was another thing to enjoy throughout the novel
-The twists and turns leading to Molly's discovery left me breathless--once the mystery picked up, I couldn't even think of putting it down
-Molly herself, the young woman who seems very lost, so lost that she doesn't even know it--I really sympathized with her and she was worth cheering for
-Mabel
-Lyle, the young man who seems to want to own Molly, and is key to discovering her disorder
-Sayer, the older brother who seems to know Molly all too well--and may just well love her
-I really enjoyed Alex
-Molly's parents
-The ending was perfect--sad and sweet and satisfying all at once

What could've been better:
-At times it got confusing, how was narrating what was happening in the story

This debut novel was wonderful! I liked the way it depicted mental illness, and highly recommended for mystery fans. Next on deck: (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn!

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