Malloy, Brian. Twelve long months.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

MALLOY, Brian. Twelve long months. Scholastic. 319p. c2008. 978-0-439-87761-9. $17.99. S

Molly Swain, senior in high school, budding physicist, virginal and average looking, is in love with Mark Dahl, her lab partner, who is one of the most popular boys in town. Strangely, however, he doesn't date. And when Mark is with Molly, he's monosyllabic. He doesn't display any personality to speak of, so she must love him for his looks. She lets him cheat off her lab notes and tests, giving him his best grade ever, and this is the basis of their friendship. Molly is excited to discover that Mark, too, is heading for New York City as soon as the last graduation party is over. She's been accepted at prestigious Columbia University, but he's not going to school: he's got a job painting houses for his uncle. Molly is undeterred in her pursuit...

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