The Half Life of Molly Pierce

The Half Life of Molly Pierce

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 148 x 212 x 26mm | 339.99g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062231170
  • 9780062231178
  • 887,358

Back cover copy

You take it for granted. 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.
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Review quote

"With a distinct and mysterious voice that matches its mood, The Half Life of Molly Pierce will pull you into Molly's--and Mabel's--world."--April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen
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Rating details

2,814 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 25% (693)
4 32% (912)
3 29% (829)
2 11% (306)
1 3% (74)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Molly suffers from blackouts; periods of time where she has absolutely no recollection of where she has been, or what she has been doing. When a motorcycle accident leads to a boy dying in her arms, Molly doesn�¢??t understand when he tells her that he knows her �¢?? she�¢??s never met him before in her life. Slowly memories start coming back to her though, and Molly realises that there is a lot about herself that even she doesn�¢??t know. Why does Molly suffer from blackouts? And how did the boy on the motorcycle know her? This was a really interesting book about a girl dealing with a mental health problem, when she doesn�¢??t even realise that that is what she has. Molly was a really interesting character. I liked how parts of her life were a mystery to her, as well as the reader, and I felt really sorry for her and what she was going through. I totally got why she was so scared and confused, and I also understood why it was so weird for her when she realised that everybody else knew what was wrong except her. The storyline in this was really good, and I liked the way Molly�¢??s illness was a real mystery. I was really shocked by the accident at the beginning of the book, and even though this was the trigger that caused Molly to begin realising what was happening to her, it was really sad. It�¢??s quite difficult to talk about this without dropping spoilers, so I won�¢??t say much more, but this book was a real page-turner. The mystery over what was happening to Molly, and why everybody knew what it was while she didn�¢??t was done well. I thought the ending was okay, although it was a very difficult situation to resolve really, but things turned out fairly well. I did find the end of the book to be less gripping than the beginning, but I did enjoy this on the whole. Overall; an interesting tale about a girl with a mental illness. 7 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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