Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom, a young woman who moves to Los Angeles in search for a life all her own. Her transition from Colorado to California was not in vain as she established the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in the world. She endures unusual circumstances, encounters massive success, meets her demise and lives to tell the tale in this riveting story of what happens when ambition goes a little too far.
What I liked about the book:
Molly Bloom (the outsider) : It was easy to get invested in Molly in the beginning because she was relatable. I rooted for her because she was the underdog. Her ambition, though toxic times, was commendable and she had a zest for life that I think everyone has, but very few care to admit and even less have the audacity to chase. She was taught from a young age to strive for success and fully committed to giving her absolute best in whatever it is she attempted to do be it skiing, bartending, secretarial work, or underground poker.
The story: I wouldn’t call myself an adrenaline junkie, but I love a good story with a lot of twists and turns. Molly’s Game did just that. The novel took me on a rollercoaster ride and I loved every second of it. Although I knew Bloom would eventually meet her demise in the end, I still advocated for her. I was so invested in her life, her relationships, and her choices as if I was standing right next to her every step of the way. I even found myself yelling at the pages acting as Molly’s conscience.
What I disliked about the book:
Molly Bloom (the greedy workaholic): Throughout the book, I noticed a drastic shift in Molly’s character. Her biggest flaw and what I believe to be the root of her downfall was her addiction to success. She finally found something she was good at and she let it take over her life and cloud her judgment. While I applauded her tenacity, it frustrated me how she was so willing to compromise her own integrity just to prove everyone wrong. Ironically, she learned a lot about how the game of poker is played, yet she didn’t apply said lessons to her own life. They say the worst mistake you can make in a poker game is not knowing when to fold. Molly had a strong hand from the start but let her pride get in the way and ultimately lost the game.
Overall Score: 9/10