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Author: Brian Malloy
ISBN: 0439877636
Language: English
Category: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
Rating: 4.1
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His third effort Twelve Long Months is another wonderful and very different addition to his written works. Brian Malloy is a terrific writer. His two previous novels, The Year of Ice and Brendan Wolf, were superb. This one, Twelve Long Months, not so much so.

His third effort Twelve Long Months is another wonderful and very different addition to his written works. It's definitely more YA than his two previous books and much lighter in tone but still provides us with a sensitive and endearing protagonist in the form of Molly Swain, following her from April of her senior year in high school to spring of her freshman year in college. Malloy includes some flavorful and quirky supporting players and much of his trademark low-key humor.

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Twelve Long Months book. From Brian Malloy, acclaimed author of the adult novel The Year of Ice, comes a smart, funny, heartfelt novel about being a straight girl who's completely fallen for a gay boy. From Brian Malloy, acclaimed author of the adult novel The Year. Please believe Molly Swain when she tells you: "Never fall in love with a gay boy.

From Brian Malloy, acclaimed author of the adult novel The Year of Ice, comes a smart, funny, heartfelt novel about being a straight girl who's completely fallen for a gay boy. And whatever you do, don't move to New York and invite said gay boy to live with you, to make a fresh start in a new city.

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Twelve Long Months centers around Mark, a smart, attractive high school senior and his hopel. Author Brian Malloy breaks onto the teen lit scene with this genuine story of love and friendship, and the way in which we cope when they do not intertwine. Twelve Long Months centers around Mark, a smart, attractive high school senior and his hopelessly-in-love lab partner, Molly. When Molly finds out that they both have plans to move to NYC after graduation, she is sure that this will be a chance for them to finally become more than just chem class buddies.

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From Brian Malloy, acclaimed author of the adult novel The Year of Ice, comes a smart, funny, heartfelt novel about being a straight girl who's completely fallen for a gay boy.Molly Swain is hopelessly in love. Mark is broody, mysterious, funny, attractive, artistic…basically, the only interesting thing in her small Minnesota town. She wonders to herself if they'll ever be more than lab partners, until the fateful day that she discovers they'll both be moving to New York City after they graduate. They're clearly meant to be together. Right?Wrong. In Minnesota, Mark has a secret. And in New York, Molly discovers it. Not only is she not his type, she's not even the right gender. But does she immediately fall out of love with him? If only it were that easy….
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GWEZJ
Molly Swain is a rather shy, intelligent high school senior in small town Minnesota, with a major crush on her chemistry lab partner, Mark Dahl, a brooding, sullen but handsome teen, who owes his grade in that class to Molly's help. When Molly finds out that Mark will be moving to New Jersey after graduation, not far from where she'll be going to college, at Columbia in Manhattan, on a full scholarship, she dreams that this one-sided romance might develop into more. But it isn't long before Molly gets a painful revelation ... Mark is gay ... and painfully tries to get over her dreams for them, and be the good friend and confidant that he needs. It becomes easier when Molly starts dating a guy from one of her classes, but fate would deliver another blow she never saw coming.

I've read and enjoyed Malloy's earlier works, "The Year of Ice" and "Brendan Wolf," and now know what I like most about his writing: he has the ability to create multifaceted, realistic characters with whom the reader can relate. We like them for their good qualities, and sometimes even more because of (or in spite of) their faults. Such is the case with all of the characters here, including the families of each of the younger characters. Well written, light read, which I give four stars out of five.
sobolica
I adored both Malloy's debut The Year of Ice and it's extremely different follow-up Brendan Wolf. His third effort Twelve Long Months is another wonderful and very different addition to his written works. It's definitely more YA than his two previous books and much lighter in tone but still provides us with a sensitive and endearing protagonist in the form of Molly Swain, following her from April of her senior year in high school to spring of her freshman year in college. Malloy includes some flavorful and quirky supporting players and much of his trademark low-key humor. It may have felt like twelve long months to Molly, but for the reader, the year passes breezily. My biggest complaint would be directed to the publisher regarding the book's cover art. I don't know why they used models who look about 14 y.o. when the characters are 18. I found the cover graphic quite intrusive when I started reading. That aside, Malloy is a writer who creates strong, fully realized voices. I eagerly await his next novel.
Castiel
Although not as interesting as Malloy's debut The Year of Ice and it's very different follow-up Brendan Wolf, his third novel was an interesting and entertaining YA book worth the read. He develops interesting and realistic characters and you follow their evolving complex relationship over the 12 month period ending with a surprise twist. I enjoy this writer and his style and look forward to his next novel.
Dammy
Brian Malloy is a terrific writer. His two previous novels, The Year of Ice and Brendan Wolf, were superb. This one, Twelve Long Months, not so much so. I think the problem is that Brian opted to write in the first person from the female's (Molly's) perspective, which he obviously is less qualified to do. Add to that the overlay of Molly's two female friends and the book hardly qualifies as a gay story. Molly's high school crush, gay Mark, is a much more interesting character, but never fully developed. Mark's relationship with Molly's boyfriend at Columbia is completely overshadowed by Molly's bar-trolling with her friends Jessie and Lily: repetitious and a bit of a snooze. Malloy should have spent more time developing Mark and tweaking the Mark/Simon relationship.
Women, not likely to opt to buy this book based on its marketing, are more likely to enjoy it than men.
Levion
It was an easy fast read. Enjoyable
Hudora
What can I say? I enjoyed this book! It never got too boring...the main character is a bit boring. but, enjoyable book!
Katius
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.

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