Title: The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
From the Publisher: 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.
I didn’t reread the synopsis before I picked up this book.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce is SO CONFUSING. I can't stop reading!
— Mandi Kaye (@mandikaye) May 9, 2014
So yeah. I had no idea what was going on. But bonus – that helped me relate to the MC because she had no idea what has happening either!
I did, however, figure it out before she did.
Molly Pierce loses time. She’ll suddenly find herself in a different place hours later than it should be. She thinks she’s going crazy.
One day, she “wakes up” to find herself driving. A boy on a motorcycle appears to be trying to catch up to her, and in his hurry to rush through an intersection his tire is clipped by a passing truck.
This boy that Molly has never seen, who is lying in a puddle of his own blood as his life slips away, seems to know who she is.
And it is this event that sets in motion a course of events that will change Molly’s life.
And I am glad I got to take that journey with her. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that happened in the book (I loved Mabel and Sayer together), but I understand why it had to go the way that it did.
Hard to read endings are sometimes the best ones, for reasons.