Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

Book Description:
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:
I really didn't know what to expect when reading this book, it was NOT what I thought it was, but as I read it then I began to understand what it was truly about. Which means this must have been well written because I thought this was just some contemporary/paranormal story. Nope.

Molly's story is confusing because you really don't understand what is going on and you really have to pay attention because things are off, and the whole time you're like... "what?" Then again it makes sense that the character and the story should keep you confused because it is about memory loss. I guess the author wanted you (the reader) to literally understand what the character was feeling. So everyone is confused. :)
However, at the same time the mystery of it all keeps the reader at the edge of their seat because it's a fast pace story. And from the very beginning this was a very intriguing read. I mean we've got a girl who's experiencing regular black outs where she finds herself at a completely different place with no recollection of the hours she's lost or how she ended up where she is currently at. Then to make this story even more intriguing is how no one around her seems to comment on these disappearances. I love books that play with your mind with inexplicable events. 

I was able to instantly connect with Molly because of her voice and character. Not only is she mysterious with her missing chunks of time, but she's just a likable character which makes you feel for her. Molly feels like she can't confide in anyone and feel incredibly lonely as she struggles with understand what is happening to her and why she feels like her has lost control of her own life. It also doesn't help her when she starts to realize that people around her know what is going on and won't/can't tell her, again it adds a sense of mystery that keeps you going. Including the mystery boys that have entered her life and act as if they already know her but in her mind she doesn't know them at all. What's great about this story is Molly is driven to get answers which makes the story flow very well and steady. But, along the way Molly (and the reader) get bits and pieces filled in until we, along with Molly, figure out what has been happening to her.

However there was something about this story that I struggled with that made me give this a lower rating. It isn't necessarily the ending but more the depth of which Molly hod gotten herself in and then having to get back out. Maybe its the fact that I don't understand the reality of people like this in real life. Confused? I bet. It's really a well done but lack a bit of layers to add that extra depth this story needed, in my opinion.

Language: heavy (with several F words)
Sexual Content: mild
Violence: mild (an accident where there is mention of blood and a death of a character due to an automobile)

*Thank you HaperCollins for this book, which I got free in exchange for an honest review

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