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Molly Bit

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A haunting and provocative debut novel about the stratospheric rise of an enigmatic Hollywood star and her legacy, from Columbia MFA graduate Dan Bevacqua.

A tragic death was not part of the script.

Molly Bit is a great actress. From her first acting classes to her big break, she is different from the others struggling to make it.

But fame is perilous. She uses—and is used
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Molly first struggles to become an actress, but then battles more obstacles while navigating her life both outside of films and while on set. She adjusts and develops according to what is needed for her next career advancement, but is it what is best for her relationships and vitality?

The novel is broken into three parts "Life", "Death", and "Afterlife" following Molly throughout these different stages in her career between the years 1993-2014. Narrated in third person, it is mostly told through
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for providing me with an advanced copy of "Molly Bit" to review. I think this book was undermined by the comparison to "Daisy Jones and the Six". While I can see the similarities between them, they are two fundamentally different types of books. "Molly Bit" has a much less structured plot and is much more literary or arty than "Daisy Jones." It is also much less character driven and more of a study of setting. I think it will find it's audience, but ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I had high hopes for "Molly Bit" but unfortunately - the plot was cliché-ridden and extremely shallow. Even though I didn't like the tone or message of this novel, I must say that Dan Bevacqua has a way with words. His prose is vibrant and provocative. He has a gift of hooking the reader, but his downfall is not creating memorable, root-worthy characters.

I kept going in and out of my like/dislike for Molly. One minute, I thought she was very naïve and emotionally fragile, and the next, I
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
Molly Bit is the story of an up and coming actress on her way to stardom.

Unfortunately this one just didn't do it for me. I couldn't connect with the characters and found they were underdeveloped. The storyline was a bit confusing at times and the plot needed more work. The ending was disappointing.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for my review copy!!
Rachel B. Glaser
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A captivating, psychological novel, Molly Bit shines a floodlight on the dark side of Hollywood and the fleeting pleasures of fame. In sly, lyrical prose, this book skillfully and unsentimentally digs deep into the minds of its characters. Bevacqua swerves through time and space, through ambition and desperation, finding heart and pain on every page.
Kathleen Gray
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Do not think this is going to be like Daisy Jones. It's a very different sort of novel, both in tone and in structure. Molly Bit (so appropriately named) is an actress from Vermont who finds herself moving up in the industry until....No spoilers but it is divided into three sections: Life, Death, and Afterlife. Admittedly, Molly doesn't come through as a strong character (or a likable one) and the plot wanders, but it's an interesting read. It's also a commentary, no surprise, on fame. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: february-2020

Thank you @simonschusterca for a copy of Molly Bit by Dan Bevacqua for an honest review. Molly Bit is available now.

Molly Bit follows an actresses career from “it” girl to legend. With a time span from 1993 to 2015, the book moves in periods of her career and skips some details in between. This allows for way more of the arc of her career but can be harder to follow. I did find the style worked more for me while on vacation because I was reading each section separately and it may not work as
Mrs. Salgy
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I had to force myself through half of the book and in full disclosure, I skimmed the last quarter. I was interested in the concept and the comparison to “Daisy Jones and the Six,” a book I adored. “Molly Bit” checks all of the boxes initially, but the lack of character development made it extremely challenging to become invested in the story—it was like watching paper dolls move from scene to scene; they looked good but had no dimensions. I found myself aimlessly reading and didn’ ...more
Susan Cordeiro
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to really like this book... I was hoping for something along the lines of Daisy Jones and the Six. But that was not what I got. I didn't care for the characters or the plot twist that made me struggle to get through the rest.... I rate this book... men
Thank you Netgalley and publisher for this book
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is OK. Uneven, under-developed characters, and an ending I didn't like. It showed promise, but ultimately didn't deliver. Still, I encourage the author to write more.

I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
Megan Maguire
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Molly Bit by Dan Bevacqua follows the life (in parts) of Molly Bit, a talented actress who goes through the initial hardships of making it famous and eventually becomes who she always knew she was meant to be.

This book first caught my attention with comparisons to Daisy Jones & The Six and throughout the novel I kept waiting to be as engaged with Molly as I had been with Daisy. I felt that it was hard to connect with her throughout her story. It was hard to not want more from her and her
Kaitlyn Joy
I received a Reviewer Copy of Molly Bit by Dan Bevacqua from the publisher Simon & Schuster through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What It’s About: Molly Bit, a girl from small town Vermont, has always wanted to be famous. This is the story of her rise in Hollywood, her death, and her legacy.

What I Loved: I really think Dan Bevacqua is a good writer. The way he frames his story is unique, splitting it up as if it were the story of a famous celebrity in the way an E! True
Paul Pessolano
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Molly Bit” by Dan Bevacqua, published by Simon & Schuster.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – February 04, 2020.

What is there not to like about Molly Bit? Molly is a young woman who has aspirations of being a movie star, no she doesn’t have aspirations, and she knows she is going to be a movie star.

Molly Bit’s story is probably very close to what happens in Hollywood today. It tells of the struggles to get auditions and sometimes the best person does not get the part. However,
Addie BookCrazyBlogger
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
Molly Bit follows an actress, appropriately named Molly Bit, through her career as a broke college student living in Boston, a broke twenty-something trying to make it big and through the ups/downs of her career. The second half follows some of Molly’s associates as they deal with the aftermath of Molly. Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me. To be perfectly frank, this novel had to much of a short story angle to it. There weren’t enough full details, I was confused by the latter half of the ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This isn't your typical Hollywood story. Molly Bit is an actress, struggling through classes and auditions. Then, Molly is a well-known actress, nominated for awards and choosing parts that will elevate other actresses. Then, Molly wants to direct. There are marriage, divorces, bad movies, and then, death.

Molly Bit has been compared to Daisy Jones and The Six, which, honestly, hurts its chances. Daisy Jones was disappointing to me, I hated everyone in the book. Molly Bit the very least,
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
"Molly Bit" is a work of literary fiction, as both the title (with the dramatic "A Novel" appended, a feature of many modern books) and the author's description (MFA) make clear. The emphasis here is on "literary," as it rapidly becomes clear this is a book that has aims beyond a discussion of Hollywood.

On the surface, "Molly Bit" is the story of a young woman who rises to stardom in film and has to deal with the fall out from that, including broken relationships, financial struggles, and
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Molly Bit is the story of a young woman who believes that she is destined for stardom. And lucky for her, she gets her big break and becomes a success story in Hollywood. The story is broken into three parts, following Molly on her journey. I found the beginning of the book interesting and intriguing, but the further I got into it, the less engaged I became. I found the plot a little bit jumpy and by the second half the story had completely shifted and felt disjointed from the beginning. I felt ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is about molly Bit and how she tries to become an actress. At the start it is hard to get auditions and parts. She sees the other ladies trying to get the same parts and the movie business is hard to work in with the way the men in power treat women. She does make it big eventually but she discovers the fame she has always wanted is not what she thought it would be. I remember once Bill Murray said he did not mind the money he made in show business but he did not like the ...more
Stephanie Wardrop
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think the comparison to _Daisy_is unfortunate because it establishes unfair expectations. Molly is a well-crafted character so when the book throws its curveball at you, even if you see it coming, it’s a bit of letdown. But stick with it. The writing is gorgeous, the book is both funny at times and heartbreaking at others, and the penultimate chapter is worth the wait.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I simply could not find myself involved in this novel. I found a lack of proportion in the writing, much too much time spent on early scenes and too little character development, especially as the book hurtles towards the end.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I was attracted by the blurb but I couldn't connect to the characters and the story didn't keep my attention.
Not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried several times, but I did not finish it after over 25% of the book. It had a good premise, but didn’t grab me
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebook, work
4.5 stars
Ellen Avigliano
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Solid first novel. Review coming soon.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-winner
Goodreads winner - thanks Simon and Schuster!
Molly Bit is used and uses - all in the name of creating her art as an actress. It is a sad commentary about how it all works in the movie industry. Much of it I am sure is pretty truthful. Molly is egotistical enough and less self assured enough to make it all happen.
Deanna Lewis Doerr
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Admittedly I listen to this and feel that perhaps the narration annoyed me. Too much valley girl and verbal fry.
Belinda Fry
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hard to follow. Didn't really finish
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This book felt very haunting from the very beginning. Mostly told from the perspective of Molly Bit and her journey to becoming an actress. She was not the most likable character and the story was a bit all over the place, so I unfortunately didn't love it. Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the ARC.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cynical, boring, poorly-written female characters.
Full review:
Sherry Chiger
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Bit gets points for being engaging, well written, and entertaining. I will admit that about halfway through, when a major plot point steers the story in a different direction, that my attention lagged a bit. And despite certain philosophical musings by the characters, by the end I was left wondering what the point of the book was, unless it was to illustrate Gertrude Stein's statement about her home state of California, "there is no there there." That said, the book does challenge me to ...more
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