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The Half Life of Molly Pierce



by
Katrina Leno

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
HarperTeen
ISBN
9780062231178
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Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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Molly looks for answers after a stranger’s death reveals his surprising connection to her—and an entire second life Molly didn’t know she was living

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fic

AR

3.8: points 7

Lexile

HL560L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

13

JLG Release

Oct 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Multiple personality. Dissociative disorders. Brothers. Mysteries. Love and relationships.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

In this mystery unraveled in reverse, Molly begins to fit together pieces of a life only half-remembered, due to frequent blackouts. After witnessing a tragic accident during which a dying stranger seems to know her, memories of those blackout periods begin to return. When the teen connects with the stranger’s brother, she feels an intense, familiar love, and Molly questions what she thinks she knows about herself. The protagonist’s Dissociative Identity Disorder allows her characterization to unfold slowly, the narrative building on short bursts of memories that go further back in time, revealing more secrets further in to the story. The disorientation at the novel’s start begins to settle as the flashbacks occur, and the sense of urgency for the two alternating time lines to merge intensifies with the girl’s increasing melancholy and thoughts of self-harm. Molly’s relationship with her other identity, Mabel, is most developed and therefore most interesting. The race to uncover Molly’s truth will keep readers turning pages.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In this mystery unraveled in reverse, Molly begins to fit together pieces of a life only half-remembered, due to frequent blackouts. After witnessing a tragic accident during which a dying stranger seems to know her, memories of those blackout periods begin to return. When the teen connects with the stranger’s brother, she feels an intense, familiar love, and Molly questions what she thinks she knows about herself. The protagonist’s Dissociative Identity Disorder allows her characterization to unfold slowly, the narrative building on short bursts of memories that go further back in time, revealing more secrets further in to the story. The disorientation at the novel’s start begins to settle as the flashbacks occur, and the sense of urgency for the two alternating time lines to merge intensifies with the girl’s increasing melancholy and thoughts of self-harm. Molly’s relationship with her other identity, Mabel, is most developed and therefore most interesting. The race to uncover Molly’s truth will keep readers turning pages.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA

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