The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina LenoThe Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

The Half Life of Molly Pierce

byKatrina Leno

Paperback | August 2, 2016

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An intricately woven debut psychological mystery and a profound coming of age story for fans of Made You Up by Francesca Zappia and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  

“Introduces a fierce new presence.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“5 out of 5 bright, beautiful stars.”

“A fascinating debut...something original indeed. Readers will absolutely need to know the end of this unique inward-facing mystery.” —ALA Booklist

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Her memory is perforated with holes and gaps. But then a horrible accident changes everything.

Now she’s starting to remember her own disturbing secrets. And bit by bit, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led—and the love that she can’t let go.

Title:The Half Life of Molly PierceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062231189

ISBN - 13:9780062231185


Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't understand why people don't love this book more. It opens with one of the most startling first chapters I've ever read and scoops you up into a wave of uncertainty for the rest of the book. You're made to feel completely unsettled like Molly is, slowly picking up on bits and pieces she's left out for you to find. I remember being suddenly very anxious about how the story was going to unfold, but I couldn't look away and read the last two thirds in a single sitting. The writing is beautiful and perfectly reflects the choppy thought process that Molly has. I don't have a lot of knowledge on the issues that Molly finds herself facing, but I think Katrina Leno did a fantastic job writing about it with respect and insight, and I think I really learned something from this book. If this was Leno's debut, than I'm more than excited to check out the rest of her work.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but unexpectedly normal A lot of reviewers called this a "psychological thrill ride." While it was certainly very psychologically twisted, it was not really, by any stretch of the imagination, a thrill ride. It was more a story that spoke of quiet grief and overwhelming depression and sad, silent truths about the world than a thrilling glimpse into someone's psyche. I expected more from the ending - something more explosive, really - but the way it panned out was slow and melancholy and disturbingly normal. It was intriguing and evoked a lot of empathy and a sense of trying to understand, but it didn't exactly blow my mind. I dunno, it's left me feeling very thoughtful and subdued rather than shocked. It creeps over your heart and makes you ask a lot of questions, without giving a lot of answers. The fact that the setting and the characters and the relationships were so overwhelmingly normal was a bit frightening. It hits very close to home. I've lived with people struggling with deep depression, and this book sort of showed me my completely normal world from a totally new angle. I guess that was sort of the point
Date published: 2017-01-02

Editorial Reviews

“A Tilt-A-Whirl of a first novel, a breathtaking thrill ride that takes you in one direction and then spins you off in another, over and over, keeping you guessing with every turn of the page.”