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Twelve Long Months

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  334 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
From Brian Malloy, acclaimed author of the adult novel The Year of Ice, comes a smart, funny, heartfelt novel about being a straight girl who's completely fallen for a gay boy.

Please believe Molly Swain when she tells you: "Never fall in love with a gay boy. And whatever you do, don't move to New York and invite said gay boy to live with you, to make a fresh start in a new
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Sep 05, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the thing that really made this novel for me was Molly's voice. It's so real and it was easy to relate to her and her insecurities. I remember all to well, having the same feelings about myself that Molly felt. Insignificant... average.... never good enough, although unlike Molly, I didn't have the intelligence or strength to leave home and attend a prestigious college.

I loved the message that this novel held... that you can't help who you love, and that sometimes the love of a friend ca
Molly has had a major unrequited crush on her chem lab partner for ages, and when he plans to move to New Jersey to work for his uncle as a house-painter, she is delighted that he will be so close to her in NYC where she will be attending Columbia Univ. However, Mark is non-committal about hanging out, other than to ask if he can occasionally crash in her dorm room if he's in the city too late to catch the last train. Molly soon finds out that Mark is gay and is heartbroken and angry, although M ...more
Alissa Bach
Feb 07, 2010 Alissa Bach rated it really liked it
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Oct 27, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, glbtq, 2010
I had a hard time with this book. It should really have only taken me 3 days to took me over 2 weeks. I just could not relate to the main character. She was so boring and I didn't care anything about here.

By the middle of the book, I could predict the storyline, though the surprise with Simon was a twist. Her friends drag her to a gay bad for fun. Shock, shock, she runs into Mark there, the boy she has been pining for. Can't there be a more creative way to find out someone is gay? The
Romina Dávalos
Dec 14, 2009 Romina Dávalos rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Everyone should defentely read it because it shows you how the live coarse can change. The story is basically about this girl that moves into new york for university and so does his high school crush. There, they develop a good friendship not knowing that the man is actually gay!! Its really interesting how this girl tries to live her live again afronting other problems she has daily and trying to survie in the lights of NY...
Anica L.
Jan 26, 2014 Anica L. rated it liked it
This book had me bawling! When I had originally found it while skimming through the library shelves, I spotted the book and grabbed it quickly, only having a couple more minutes to get an SSR book before class; and not really examining or flipping through the book to see what it was about. After actually sitting down, and looking at the cover page and title, it seemed to me like it would be just another one of those lovey-dovey, melodramatic love stories, but as I slowly progressed into the stor ...more
May 05, 2009 Terri rated it really liked it
A week ago this book was awarded the Minnesota Book Award for young adult literature. I picked it up right away because it beat out some other books that I really liked (ie; "The Black Box" by Julie Schumacher). I was also interested because it was another entry in the quality GLBT genre. As I have many kids looking for books in this genre, I am always looking for things to recommend to them!

I thought this was wonderful! Nerdy girl falls in love with a luscious, brooding boy. Boy allows only fri
Nov 29, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok
Two stars for making me laugh out loud a few times. Otherwise, this was painful to read.

The narrator never shut up about her weight through out the whole damn novel--I understand she's a teenage girl but I've heard women with eating disorders complain less about their weight. Her boyfriend turns down her offers of sex? "It's because I'm fat, isn't it!?" Her crush rejects her? "OMG I feel so fat!" If I knew this girl in real life, I would have have told her to SHUT UP. I can't believe how distra
Dec 01, 2010 Kali added it
I'm pretty far in this book, I'm almost done. So far, I think its really good. The one thing that makes me keep reading, is knowning the fact that Molly is from Le Sueur, Minnesota. A young girl of big dreams and high hopes of making a success living in New York going to school at Columbia. She's a very intellegent girl, didn't have many friends in high school but now that she's off away at college in another town she can be herself and not have to worry about getting judged. It almost
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Molly is in love/obsessed with her chemistry partner, Mark - but Mark has a girlfriend.

Mark lives on a farm, he is an artist, he cheats off Mallory's tests, doesn't show up for plans when he says he will, and basically is unavailable and constantly mysterious - which makes Molly's crush hard to bear.

Molly does not have many friends and is considered nerdy. She is going to Columbia college in New York City in the fall to study physics.

When an
Feb 04, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Molly Swain is smart when it comes to books, not so much when it comes to boys. She’s been in love with her school lab partner Mark for months but can’t muster the courage to tell him. It seems like fate when she discovers that he too will be leaving Minnesota for New York City in the Fall, she to attend Columbia and he to work for his uncle. When Mark comes out to Molly, she’s shocked but supportive, and slowly learns to appreciate that friendship with Mark is the best he can give her. While th ...more
Mar 08, 2008 Silver rated it it was ok
I am thrilled that there are more books for young adults and teens with gay characters. I hope the amount keeps growing and that books address all types of issues with being gay (or being related to someone who's gay or being friends with someone who's gay, etc).
I understand that this book wants to take the perspective of the girl who finds out her biggest crush is gay and how she reconciles herself to him, but it just falls short from a girl perspective. In the beginning of the story, I love Mo
Jan 01, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Molly Swain wins a scholarship to stud physics at Columbia. When Molly leaves her small Minnesota town to go to New York, her high school crush Mark also heads east. Unfortunately for Molly, Mark turns out to be gay (but a really good friend). Molly than thinks she has found true love in physics-loving Simon, but that doesn't work out either. This is a book about transitions in life.
Marci T
Dec 15, 2009 Marci T rated it really liked it
The book, Twelve Long Months is about a boy and a girl who come from a small town in Minnesota who aren't even friends, only lab partners. They end up going to the same college in New York City, and immediately the girl thinks she is destined to be with him, until she finds out his biggest secret, that he's gay, which no one back home knows. This relates to the society today because we could have many gays at our school who are uncomfertable to come out, just like the boy Mark. Personally, I lov ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Carly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I REALLY wanted to like this book, but I don't think I did. I'm still undecided, I guess. I loved the concept. (Molly has been in love with Mark all through high school, but he's totally out of her league. Molly leaves small-town Minnesota for Columbia University, and to her delight, Mark moves to the Big Apple, as well. Mark confesses to Molly that he's gay. Molly tries to fall out of love with Mark, while still trying to be a good friend to him.) I just had trouble with the execution. Maybe it ...more
Amanda C
Jan 05, 2014 Amanda C rated it it was amazing
When I first looked at this book i thought that it was going to be the best book ever and it actually was.Molly Swain a regular teenager who has been in love with mark.Her lab partner.The day has come graduation day and also the day she finds out that her crush is moving away to New York City to help his grandparents with a job.Molly is in luck because she is moving to New York City also for college. It must be fate right? But........ mark has a secret that he has kept to himself for years.His p ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Suhara rated it it was amazing
Amazing a brilliant story that when you fall in love its really hard to fall out of love even when you know they'll never feel the same about you however after a few rough turns the unthinkable happened you finally find someone you love who loves you back (well that's what he said) supposedly and when you finally think life is perfect you get told some disturbing news you just DON'T want to believe and break up with your boyfriend (who you loved) and stop talking to your best friend who is a boy ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Zoe rated it it was amazing
First of all, I like the layout of the book, where each chapter is a month, and the book take course in a year, hence the name. Secondly I like that the book was more realistic than most love stories, because usually about 90% of the times, the author would end with the main character being with the love of his/her life, with he/her being with someone that he/she did not like at the beginning, or just basically the main character end up with someone, but the thing is in real life not everyone ha ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Cindy rated it liked it
Molly, the soon to be high school valedictorian in her small town of Le Sueur, MN, just found out that she was accepted to Columbia in New York City. Molly is a good student, heavily into science, and has a major crush on her mysterious science lab partner Mark. Molly discovers that they will both be going to New York after high school graduation. When she figures out that she is entire wrong for Mark, even the wrong gender. While at Columbia Molly makes good friends and discovers a lot about he ...more
May 28, 2010 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A story about friendship, love, and how life can change when you leave your small hometown to go off to college in the city. Part of this story has been told before, but the character development in this story is very strong. The relationship between Molly and Mark is beautiful, as it changes from unrequited love to a beautiful friendship that is stronger than the dating relationships they both encounter in their first year away from home. The friendships between the three girls is also refreshi ...more
May 01, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ya-contemporary
As a girl who has unfortunately gone through Molly's situation (aka unwittingly falling in love with a still-in-the- closet gay man) I was drawn to reading this book. I felt Molly's reactions were portrayed appropriately, putting your hurt aside in order to be a friend. There is also the typically question of 'Do I just turn men gay?', am I so undesirable, etc. Her social awkwardness was endearing, but I did wish a few more things could have been followed up a little better (the madcow comic and ...more
Mrs. Lahti
Feb 11, 2009 Mrs. Lahti rated it really liked it
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Mar 18, 2009 Arissa rated it really liked it
I loved Molly's personality from the very beginning the book. The way she felt about her unrequited love is very close to how I felt from my own personal experience. This book teaches you how you can maintain a relationship after finding out someone you care about is gay. Not only that, but I found myself laughing out loud one page, and smiling in sympathy the next. The one thing I didn't really like about this book was the twist at the end that didn't seem very realistic to me, but nonetheless, ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Rebecca added it
Shelves: y-gay
Another on the YA bender, found at the thrift store for $2, yes just two dollars! This was fun and fast and a way to live out the enjoyable fantasy of going to college in NYC. And somehow the ending was just so lovely and sweet in a way that's hard to articulate. (view spoiler)
Courtney Wyant
May 19, 2011 Courtney Wyant rated it it was amazing
I honestly and truely loved this book. Although it sucked that Simon was gay along with Mark..... If only they would end up with each other it would have been great but still is one of my favorites. I could fall in love with the book itself and i find myself ALOT like Molly in more ways than not. I even look like her same skin color eye color freckles just across the nose but my lips are lighter than hers
Dannielle R
Nov 13, 2008 Dannielle R rated it really liked it
Let's just say that I was very suprised by this book, and no, I had no clue where it was going most of the time. However, it was a good story, and sorta sad at times. I loved the few few pages, because in real life, how many girls can say that they don't feel like that once or twice durring school? "I love him and I have no idea why." Come on! Story of my life!
Oct 14, 2010 Bridget rated it liked it
This was good - sometimes Molly's ignorance bothered me, but I had to think back to what I was like when I graduated from my small town in Minnesota like Molly. Was I so different? I also related to her problem of falling for guys who aren't into girls. Sigh. The book flowed, but it didn't have punch or oomf. All in all, okay and not too shabby.
Mar 22, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Twelve Long Moths is a story of a girl named Molly, who falls in love with her chemistry partner lab. They both are seniors, Molly is going to collage at New York and her platonic love lab partner and now friend moves to New Jersey. At collage starting a new life, she finds out that this boy that she has been in love with is gay.
Emily Benoit
Oct 21, 2012 Emily Benoit rated it liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2012
Concept/Ideas: 3.5/5
Storyline/Plot: 3.5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Writing Style: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Cover art: Not too much to say. It's nice, but not too attention catching in my opinion.

Would this book make a good movie?: Not really. Not much of a plot line. At least, not enough for a potential movie.
Jan 04, 2011 Simone rated it really liked it
This was unique--written from viewpoint of a female, teen protagonist, by a (presumably) middle-aged male. And somehow managed to pull it off realistically. An easy read, Twelve Long Months managed to capture the complexities of adolescent/young adult relationships (both straight and gay) without being too complex itself.
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Brian Malloy is the author of Twelve Long Months, the 2009 Minnesota Book Award winner for young people's literature, as well as the award-winning novel The Year of Ice and Brendan Wolf.

Brian has taught creative writing and literature at Emerson College. He is adjunct faculty in the MFA programs at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University, and serves as Education Director for the Loft Li
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“I met them in Minneapolis when the Society hosted a brunch for this year's winners and gave us these oversized checks they had us pose with. The picture made the front page of the Le Sueur News Herald.
It was really embarrassing because I'm smiling with my eyes shut.
And if that wasn't bad enough, Russ made a huge copy of the photo, replacing the background with a highway scene and the check I was holding with a sign that said NEED RIDE TO STAR TREK CONVENTION.”
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