Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Missing Information: The Half Life of Molly Pierce Review

I'm going to start this review off with a little story. This book showed up in my mailbox from HarperTeen and EpicReads a few weeks ago, and aside from having seen the cover before, I knew very little about it. But I really loved the cover, so I wanted to start it right away because I am FINALLY (sort of) caught up enough on books that I can read things when they come out instead of months after.

This wasn't one of those instances I sped through a book in one sitting. Oh, I wanted to. But I had to take breaks because I was so invested. All I wanted to do was think about this story and these characters. So I savored it. I wanted to be in suspense for as long as possible.

And it was so worth it.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 240
Keywords: suspense, mystery, psychological
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher (thanks!)
Add It: Goodreads
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.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book, and I haven't seen a whole lot of people talking about it as of now (it's late June as I'm writing this, but I'm hoping for more reviews and promos as it gets closer to release day).

This was beautifully written, spaced out with narratives and time gaps and the story Molly is trying to piece together because she can't remember her own life. She can't remember the people in it or things she's done or where she's gone. And the prose is gorgeous. The bits that struck me the most were the repetitive statements she told herself but they changed ever so slightly as the novel went on.

The struggle in Molly's head was astounding, and it was so real and raw, and I felt truly connected to her even though I've never had periods of my life I can't remember. But she struggles with a lot, and I was so invested in her and how she would evolve that this book was all I wanted to think about for days. And it wasn't a particularly long book, but I really tried to make it last a bit because I didn't want to leave the story.

I really don't want to say too much else about it for fear of ruining some of the wonderful surprises. So I'm going to stop here.

Read When: It just came out today, so go get yourself a copy now. Like, right now. These Barnes and Noble copies are really cheap for a new hardback.


  1. I've been so curious about this book since I first heard about it! I read a book very similar to this one earlier this year, Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye, and I really loved that one. I've been going back and forth about getting this one, but I'm definitely going to now! Books that make you feel invested are my thing. :) Great review!

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

    1. Awesome! I haven't heard of Fragile Line, so now I'm definitely going to go check that out!

  2. I really liked one! I haven't seen it get as much attention as it deserves, though. The writing is fascinating! It was my favorite part of the book. It's a very thought-provoking story--a kind that I usually end up loving. I'm glad you loved it! Great review. :)


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