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The Half Life of Molly Pierce

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,381 ratings  ·  608 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Lala BooksandLala
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 9 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge!

There's something so special about falling in love with an author's work a few books into their writing career, and then later on getting to backtrack and experience their debut & seeing how much it informed their future writing!

I was captivated by page one and just fell in love with the mystery and character dynamics. This was very reminiscent of one of my favourite books Unravel by Calia Read, and while they both deal with mental health stuff that I
Life, probably, is about growth.

I have three relevant examples.

First: I used to give one star ratings all of the time. I would read books exclusively because they were popular, I would hate them, I would write a rant review, repeat.

And while you may be tempted to say, "emma, you still do that," and while in many ways you would be correct, I have this piece of evidence for you: I only gave five one stars in all of last year.

Which makes it extra impressive that just six days into 2022, I'd already
this book. this book. this book.
i suppose i have a like/dislike relationship with this book.

i really liked the concept, it was quite clever, but i wasnt a fan of the execution.
i didnt connect with the style, but i completely understood why it was written and structured the way it was.
i appreciate the author tried to give hints about mollys situation along the way, but i felt the conclusion was too predictable.
the characters were pretty decent, but i didnt feel like i had a enough content to ge
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I love Katrina Leno with my whole heart but I STRUGGLED with this one. I had such a hard time staying focused on the plot and while the premise was interesting, it’s a story I’ve read a million times before. This wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t for me.

TW: suicide, depression
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
From the get-go this was a very intriguing read. We've got a girl who's experiencing regular black outs where she finds herself at a completely different place with no recollection of the hours she's just lost. What's even weirder is how no one around her seem to comment on these disappearances. This is absolutely my kind of read. I love books that play with your mind and baffles you with bizarre, inexplicable happenings. The one thing with books like these though, is that it all comes down to t ...more
You guys, the pitch comparing The Half Life of Molly Pierce to Memento is so accurate. Although it may not be as psychological or deliciously puzzling as the film to which it's compared, The Half Life of Molly Pierce is an extremely entertaining and escapist mind game of a novel. The plot, characters, and relationships are all enticingly twisty, and Leno's unique writing style adds a layer of instability and vulnerability to her characters that makes the novel itself irresistible.

Molly Pierce i
*This may contain spoilers. It's really hard to review this without giving away anything. On second thought, this is actually very spoiler-y. The synopsis on my copy isn't the same as the Goodreads one, which I'm assuming is the one printed on final copies. But it's okay, I marked major spoilers (like half my review?!)(don't click on them if you haven't read this!). But still, read at your own risk.*

Even before reading this or hearing positive/negative reviews, I was interested in The Half Life
Molly's whole life has been full of holes. She will "wake up" somewhere else doing something else. The only one who consistently notices is her little sister Hazel, though her other friends and family slowly clue in over time. This is described as being like "Memento," but I don't see the similarity. In fact, in a lot of ways, Molly's DII just doesn't make a lot of sense. Still, following the story and trying to work things out is very entertaining. I quite enjoyed the story overall. It is not 4 ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“The people we love get under our skin and crawl through our veins and find their way into our heart. They choke up our blood flow and mess up our breathing and tangle themselves through our bodies like wire. Like razors, like fire.
We remember them even when we don't remember them.
We try and forget, but it's pointless.
Even amnesia. Even comas and brain damage and traumatic shock.
Whatever makes us not remember, we still remember.
Our minds flounder like fish but our bodies...
Our bodies remember.”

Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4.5 Stars

Oh, this was lovely.

Warning, there is no way to talk about this book without being slightly spoiler-y. Even the synopsis here on goodreads gives some things away. That’s just how this book is. That being said, if you are a fan of psychological thrillers and/or introspective works, I recommend this. If that interests you, don’t read the rest of this review.

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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The Half-Life of Molly Pierce is quite an interesting read, different in some ways, painfully predictable in others. It would be a much better book with its cover stripped and its title changed into something generic. As it is, both these things are quite spoiler-ish, and we pretty much understand what’s going on from the start.

Nevertheless, the first half of the book is pretty exciting. Knowing what’s happening and knowing how it will all end are two different things, and Leno pulls us in easil
Mel Bärlin
Oct 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We thought that a part of being an author was researching what you’re writing about but apparently Katarina Leno can’t google. I have Dissociative Identity Disorder, I share my mind and body with 35 other identities/alters and not a single one of us could have made it through this shitshow.
So here's some real facts from someone thats studied it an
Jul 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm... what to say about this book. I had expected to at least enjoy this one but as you can see, this did not happen, unfortunately. There's something with short contemporaries that try to pack a punch that don't work for me (especially when they deal with some type of mental illness, I have noticed). The writing style was also something I totally did not like. It was all just so choppy and stream of consciousness which is something I am not particularly fond of. I didn't feel connected to an ...more
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The Half Life of Molly Pierce is an interesting novel. It centers around Molly who had the perfect loving family, great friends, and a top student ranking. But Molly had DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and she didn't know it.

Molly suddenly suffers from depression and tries to commit suicide; however, Mabel (her alter) intervenes. Mabel tries to make Molly better --- whole by trying to live a happy life that may fill the void of sadness Molly has.

But one day there's an accident that leads Mo
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, cover-white
2.5 stars. I rounded up because this was extremely readable and not boring...just predictable. I figured out what was going on with Molly about 1/3 of the way through and then I just felt like the ending was anticlimactic/I was wanting more depth. A part of me feels like maybe we were supposed to be able to easily figure out what was up with Molly before she could figure it out herself. Either way, I was still compelled to keep reading and find out the exact events that led up to the accident wh ...more
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I really didn't know what to expect when reading this book, it was NOT what I thought it was, but as I read it then I began to understand what it was truly about. Which means this must have been well written because I thought this was just some contemporary/paranormal story. Nope.

Molly's story is confusing because you really don't understand what is going on and you really have to pay attention because things are off, and the whole time y

5 Stars

I read this for the Avengers Readathon Challenge created by Noura at Perks Of Being Noura I choose Black Widow, and I read this for the mystery challenge!!

I also read this for Mental Health May (2019)

This is about a girl who's missing minutes, hours, each day, and who's on a mission to find the reason. Bt this also has incredibly heavy depression and suicide themes, which I'll get to later.

I do not know where to begin.

The romance was..... fine. There was some possessive
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Molly in this book. She seemed really sweet and kind, but also lost and confused. In the book she blacks out and wakes up hours later in strange places with no memory of how she got there. As you progress through the book you learn about Molly's condition and why she has her blackouts and why she can't remember things. This book is very similar to What's left of me by Kat Zhang. The main difference is (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd heard whispers of this book. That the voice was incredible. But I had no idea what the premise was until I received the ARC from my editor (who also edited this book). And I can't say much, because spoilers, but wow! I loved it. Beautiful crisp, direct writing. Incredible tension and mystery that kept me turning the pages waiting to discover the things that Molly was discovering. Smart, savvy dialogue between Molly and her friends and family. The first chapter! Holy car wreck. I mean, talk a ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is three in the morning and I am not-so-quietly sobbing into my lap because this is exactly the book I needed at exactly the right moment telling me exactly the thing I needed to hear.


Sometimes books are good – great, even. They’re adventurous and breathtaking and twisty and turny. They surprise us and they blow us away. Their characters are like friends, leaping off the pages. Sometimes books are compelling and sometimes the writing is gorgeous and delicious. Sometimes they make your heart
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Will try to write a review later but for now I'm only saying that this was a wonderful book. It was weird and half the book I keep wondering what the heck was going on but when I finally understood everything, it was worth it. I want to read all Katrina Leno's books now. ...more
Let’s just take a moment to sit in awed silence for The Half Life of Molly Pierce. There were just so many things I adored in this book. SO MANY. And I want to word-vomit them all over you but I’ll restrain myself. Okay? I’ll restrain myself.

The first thing I noticed about this book was the unique writing style. The whole story read like a flow of Molly’s thoughts: fluid, sharp, and very, very real. I have to say, though, that while I loved the writing style, it won’t work out for just anyone. S
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This was a strange book for me. These types of stories normally really pull me in, but there was just something about this one that really left me feeling kinda blah. Looking back at other stories like this I remember feeling that oh no what's happening and oh no she has a mental illness and its so sad. With this story though I didn't have those feelings. I kept waiting for them but they never really showed up. Okay well at the very end I had a little feeling but by then it was a little too late ...more
I came across The Half Life of Molly Pierce in 2013 and since then, it's been my most anticipated book of 2014. Books about mental disorders intrigue me like nothing else does and since the cover promised a hypnotic, moving story, the slowly unraveling mystery in the chapters, fully delivered. Bizarre to the point of being inexplicable, The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a beautiful, beautiful debut that must not be missed out on.

The opening chapters set up a very strange atmosphere and from the g
Sarah Elizabeth
(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 realis
Jen Ryland
I really enjoyed this. It was a little spare, but that was partly because of the length. And to be honest, I don't think the story that was being told needed more any more pages. It was a unusual sort of "finding yourself" story meets psychological suspense, beautifully told.

A HUGE plot point was spoiled for me by the blurb on the back of the print ARC (the Goodreads blurb is spoiler-free) and that's a shame -- it's much better going into this book without knowing much about it. Perhaps knowing
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read for someone who hasn't watched a lot of soap operas or read a lot of psychological fiction. If you are like me and have indulged in both of those things, you will guess from page one what the big mystery is. But that didn't ruin the book for me. This was an intricate and intriguing read into the psyche of a teen girl. It also examined her relationships with friends and family while she is discovering her deepest secret. It's hard to review this book without giving anything a ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because it sounded good. Well looks can be deceiving. This book is boring. Molly really had no voice and Mabel…Mabel who?. I hardly really heard her come into the story. Everyone else was uninteresting as well. I was surprised by the amount of language used in this book. The beginning chapter seemed to use the “f” word in almost the whole chapter. It was after I was about a third of the way done with this book that I realized my feelings were not changing and I was just goi ...more
Kira Simion
3.5 stars.

A nice somewhat light read. Some times I got confused, some times I got a tiny bit bored, some times I enjoyed it immensely.
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We remember them even when we don't remember them.
We try and forget, but it's pointless.
Even amnesia. Even comas and brain damage and traumatic shock.
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