The Compulsive Reader: Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy

Monday, April 21, 2008

Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy

Molly is a bit of a nerd. She has a full scholarship to Columbia in New York City, and is obsessed with school, physics…and Mark Dahl. Mark is her gorgeous lab partner, and the love of her life. He just doesn't realize it yet. And at the close of their senior year in their tiny Minnesota town, Molly despairs of ever seeing him again. But she is shocked and delighted to find that he is moving to New Jersey, and knows that they are meant to be.

But Molly isn't in New York very long before she finds out Mark's secret. He's gay. And no one but Molly knows. Suddenly their relationship shifts wildly, and Molly finds herself trying to be just a friend to the guy she was sure she was meant to be with, while at the same time trying to mend her broken heart.

Twelve Long Months chronicles Molly and Mark's relationship beautifully. Told from Molly's point of view, it is a vivid look at what happens when suddenly your dreams and expectations collide with real life, and how you can pick up the pieces in order to move on. Molly's voice rings true, and you'll empathize with her as she struggles to make her way through her first year of college, and balance friends, work, and a love life. Malloy’s writing is very effective and personal. His ability to reach out to the reader and make that strong connection between protagonist and audience is remarkable. Twelve Long Months is a well drawn out, gratifying, and very humorous read that will especially appeal to anyone who has ever understood the heartbreak of a crush.

This book will be available from Scholastic June 1st, 2008!


Liv said...

yay for Minnesota towns! It's super rare that Minnesota is in a novel so that's cool, being that that's where I live. :P I'll definitely have to pick up this book; it looks really interesting.

Anonymous said...

Hm, I'll have to keep an eye out for this. It sounds good- loved your review!

But the cover kinda bothers me because it has the exact same male model from one of Robin Friedman's books, I think. In the same clothes, and pretty much the same pose, lol. And both covers have a white background.

Ah well.

Rachael Stein said...

yeah, i was thinking that guy looked familiar....

Em said...

Sounds interesting...I'll have to check it out. How did it read as far as the main characters voice, given that a guy author wrote about a girl main character?

The Compulsive Reader said...

It read really well! I was quite surprised, actually. Malloy has a talent for connecting instantly with the reader, girl of guy (my guy friend started reading it, and he said it was pretty engaging).

Hillary said...

I think it sounds really interesting. I'll have to buy it when it comes out!

Awesome site by the way!