- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1 edition (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481415522
- ISBN-13: 978-1481415521
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,536,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—The narrator of this story is a self-professed "band geek" who is tired of being overshadowed by her popular and beautiful younger sister. At the beginning of this narrative, she is excited to go home and tell her family that her school band will be marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but all of that is overshadowed by her mother's enthusiasm over the younger sister's prom invitation. When she goes over to her best friend's to commiserate, she is given her first taste of MDMA, or Ecstasy. Written in journal format, this story is about a teen's gradual slide into heavy drug use. Although the parents, especially the mother, are drawn a little too shallowly, the story itself is fairly believable. There is plenty of information about how Ecstasy works and its side effects. Horowitz sets this cautionary tale against the backdrop of raves and luxury homes, with no parents around. The story's resolution may come as a surprise to many readers, and even the popular younger sister is affected in unexpected ways. The mature sex scenes and heavy drug use make this a suitable title for older teens. VERDICT A quick read for mature high school students who liked Ellen Hopkins's "Crank" trilogy (S. & S.).—Deanna McDaniel, Genoa Middle School, OH
About the Author
Lena Horowitz was born and raised in New York City, where she became familiar with the party scene at a young age. Now she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two young daughters, and a playful cat named Hope. She’s no longer in the party scene (unless you count princess tea parties), but she still enjoys the occasional EDM dance session.
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While it does make molly sound quite fun and exciting in the beginning, the rest of the tale shows how horrific it can be. I couldn't stop reading as I began to see the character starting to spiral out of control. She can't see how it's affecting her life negatively and what danger she's putting herself in. Even with all of the bad decisions and scary things that happens, she still refuses to accept that the drug could be a problem.
By the end of the book I was completely engaged in the story and emotionally attached to the character. I couldn't put the book down until I knew the outcome.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an emotionally charged story that delivers a clear message. I think every teen should read this book, and every parent as well.
I wanted to read Dancing with Molly because I can relate with that all American normal feeling. I have always felt like I can just melt into a crowd, that there isn't much that distinguishes me from others, or worse, that I may be the butt of a joke. So I could relate with her on that.
Although I normally want to get to know the character before something big happens that changes their lives, Dancing with Molly was okay for me to start in the after. She is writing in a journal but it never felt forced to me, or hard to read. I honestly just felt like a normal past tense 1st person POV. Which is good, because sometimes the journals or poetry isn't for me and gets in my way of enjoying a story.
Her family is talked about a lot. She feels like she is a disappointment to her Mom who favors her sister. Her sister is going to the prom as a sophomore, and will giggle and share secrets with her mom, but she always feels like her Mom wishes a different life or personality for her. I was glad that her dad was enthusiastic about her marching band though, and that she at least seemed to have that haven.
I liked her friends, even though they are in on taking the drugs and drinking as well. They never pressured her per say, but she was definitely a follower, and on the night she first took it, she wanted to break out from the normalness.
Oh and this is not a subject I really know much about, and to prove it to you, I thought that molly was the name of the main character for an embarrassingly long percentage of the book.
I did like how by the ending, she has realized a lot about rolling and the cost of it, and I even think that it went to a bit of an extreme after the close calls she witnessed but I guess that it finally got heavy and hard enough for her to want to stop. And I think that probably makes it realistic, because if all people who have tried or are thinking about trying to stop or didn't do drugs because of close calls, then we would have a drug free nation.
Bottom Line: Allure and dangers of taking drugs from a teen easy to relate to.