ARC Review – Dancing with Molly by Lena Horowitz

23309639Title: Dancing with Molly

Author: Lena Horowitz

Rating: ★

Synopsis: Before, I was never the life of the party. I was the reliable one. The one no one had to worry about. The one no one had to think about. I was the one that everyone could ignore. Until that night, when everything changed and I finally became someone. Someone special. Someone noticeable. Someone Carson might actually care about, as much as I cared about him. But the cost of being someone is more than anyone can imagine. For every moment, there’s a price to pay. For every party. For every choice made. For every kiss. Ultimately, living a life of PURE ECSTASY might be no different from not living at all.

Huge thank you to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

I tried to like this book. I really did, but the whole story rubbed me completely the wrong way. I’m always interested in books when drugs are a subject matter because I like to see how the subject matter is handled, particularly in young adult fiction. Sad to say but this book was boring and the writing style was as well. I get mimicking how a teen would write in a journal, but it was awful to read and so awkward at times.

In that sense, the novel is actually successful. It’s writing style mimics the age the protagonist well, even if it’s awkward to read. I just have a hard time excusing lots of all caps and exclamation points, but it gets overused in this book a fair bit. Plus (and I’m sure again it was intentional) it was impossible to feel connected or empathic to any of the characters in this book. I had a hard time with the protagonist in particular because she turned to drugs to in a way “become someone.” But this book follows a very repetitive formula of drugs, drama, make outs, and more drugs. Thankfully, the book is short, because I don’t think I could have handled more than 200 pages of this monotonous story. I feel like stories that have drugs as a theme should be a lot more impact, but this one fell completely flat for me.

I can see why people would enjoy Dancing With Molly, but for me this should have been a story with a great message behind it, and I just felt the message and its connection was lost a lot of the time. Admittedly, the best part of the novel was the ending and how her habit had consequences, and I think that aspect was handled well. I just struggled to find any enjoyment from this story, I think there are much better young adult novels out there that deal with drugs in a much better way. This novel isn’t horrible and I think it will find fans when it releases, I just could handle the lack of substance and the writing style to save my life.

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