I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno and since the main character shares my name, I decided to see if it was worth the hype. This is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who keeps losing chunks of time. She is desperate to figure out what has been happening to her and why she can’t remember what she’s been doing. Why does she keep ending up in weird places and why do strangers act like they know her? After she witnesses a tragic accident, Molly starts to remember.
It’s hard to write a review for this book without giving everything away so I’ll try to keep it a little vague. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very intriguing and I couldn’t put it down. Since Molly can’t remember her life, this could have gotten very confusing- a lot of times authors try to be mysterious by leaving things out of the story and as a result it just doesn’t make sense. This was mysterious in a good way- we figure things out as Molly does. We get glimpses of her life as her memories start to return to her but a lot of times she remembers events backwards and must figure out how things happened. All of the characters’ actions and reactions are believable (her family and friends don’t tell Molly the truth about what’s happening to her because her mind must figure it out on its own) and the other characters aren’t fully fleshed out which makes sense because the story is told from Molly’s point of view. I thought this book dealt with mental illness really well and everything Molly went through to recover her memories seemed like the right way that would actually happen.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce is fast-paced and short, so it’s quick to get through. I almost wish it was longer because it was so good. I liked the reveal of what was happening to Molly and thought it worked really well. I really felt for the characters and at times this book was sad but not too sad. The ending is a little open so beware if you don’t like that. I usually don’t like open endings but this one didn’t bother me too much. I knew the characters enough to know they would be ok. I would love to read more books by this author, or even more about this character.
5 out of 5, I loved this book.