Twelve Long Months

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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 ...

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Myrna Marler
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 of Mark, even after she meets two new best friends and improves her looks and sophistication. She calls him and lets him hang out overnight in her dorm room when he needs to get away. Ultimately, he reveals that he is gay. In New York, he feels liberated and dates the men of his dreams. Molly meets a new boyfriend, a dorky physicist type, who ends up rooming with Mark. To her surprise and no one else's, her chaste boyfriend falls in love with Mark himself. The book's title refers to a year of growth, change, and self-realization in Molly's life, as she learns to overcome disappointment and make friends even when the friends aren't all that they first appear to be. The novel has a darkly comic tone, but Molly is too clueless to be believable. Reviewer: Myrna Marler
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Molly is soon to be high school valedictorian in her small town of Le Sueur, MN. She is a genius at science, hopelessly unpopular, and desperately in love with her angsty and mysterious lab partner, Mark Dahl. At first, it appears that he only pays attention to her when he needs to copy her chemistry test answers, but when she announces that she'll be attending Columbia in the fall, Mark starts to take an active interest in her, knowing that he will be living in nearby New Jersey. Life in New York City is a completely different world for Molly. She has two loyal and loving dorm mates who make it their mission to help her come out of her shell. So when Mark asks the new-and-improved Molly if he can crash in her room one night, she thinks that they will finally have their romantic moment. Then she learns that Mark is gay. Although she is crushed at first, the teens are able to build a strong friendship. This breezy novel chronicles the 12 months from graduation to the end of Molly's first year in college. Lovable characters and fun scenarios keep the story moving, and more serious issues regarding the difficulties of coming out elevate this novel from being pure chick lit. Readers are left with the message that the love of a true friend can be just as meaningful as the love of a boyfriend.-Michelle Roberts, Merrick Library, NY

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Molly Swain and Mark Dahl are about to graduate from La Sueur High in Minnesota. She has loved the cute, standoffish farm boy for years, and finally their lab partnership has afforded them the chance to become friends. Molly's off to Columbia on scholarship after graduation, and when Mark announces he's going to his uncle's in New Jersey to live, Molly knows they were meant to be together. While out with new friends in New York City, however, Molly discovers Mark is gay. Their friendship actually grows instead of ending, and when Molly's boyfriend Simon needs a roommate, she offers Mark. Simon is not what he appears to be, though, and Mark and Molly's friendship as well as Molly's newfound self-confidence are tested. Malloy's second outing for young adults might be based on some eyebrow-raising coincidences, but the strength here is the realism of Molly's voice. Too-young cover models mean this might take some selling to the right older teens. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439877619
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    This is my all time favorite book! Whenever i find a little free

    This is my all time favorite book! Whenever i find a little free time, i find myself reading this book! Whenever i want a new book, i look for books like this one! A truly relatable novel! I think this book is his best book yet!!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A story I will remember

    If I heard this from anyone and they wouldn't say that is had been a book I would be able to believe that this had happened in real life. Brian Malloy is an impressive writer and I will surely read this book again soon.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Reviewed by YA Librarian Elizabeth for TeensReadToo

    Molly is in love/obsessed with her chemistry partner, Mark - but Mark has a girlfriend. Mark lives on a farm, he is an artist, he cheats off Mallory's tests, doesn't show up for plans when he says he will, and basically is unavailable and constantly mysterious - which makes Molly's crush hard to bear. Molly does not have many friends and is considered nerdy. She is going to Columbia college in New York City in the fall to study physics. When an unexpected opportunity arises and Molly sees Mark vulnerable, a true friendship sparks between them. Everything changes when Molly goes to college and meets two rich, glamorous New York City girls. They teach her about fashion and makeup and expose her to the party scene of New York. She also gets her first boyfriend and begins to forget about Mark. Meanwhile, Mark is having problems living back in Minnesota, and comes to New York to visit Molly - and soon everything she believed in is turned upside down. A great read, filled with well-defined, lovable characters. You really feel for Molly and Mark and their struggles, and it will keep you guessing as to what will happen with everyone. A great story for those who like reading about the emotions of first love, first disappointments, and the friends who play a big role in your development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    BEST BOOK

    I have always hated reading until i went to the book store one day and saw this book. I picked it up and i couldn't put it down! I want to read more now that book was an amazing love story i think everyone should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    An Amazing Book!

    I've never been a person that has read a lot but this book made me look at reading a whole different way. I couldn't put it down! Many books have a certain part of the story that is the 'good part' but every part of this book is completly amazing! Recommended 100%!

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