02 January 2012

Review- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: Purchased

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

My take: 

To say that they hype and excitement surrounding the release of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an understatement. I have to say that it was one of the most anticipated young adult book of 2011. I went out and bought this book just so that I too could know what everyone was talking about. I was not disappointed.

You cannot go wrong by starting a book with, “My name is not Mara Dyer. My lawyer said I needed to change my name.” Even after finishing the book, I’m still wondering if she changed her name when she moved from her home town after the incident, or is she looking back on her life, writing about it and decided that she should just change her name altogether. It’s so mysterious. I still, honestly, can’t tell you what happened in the book. It’s all so crazy!!

What I loved most about the book is that I didn’t really know what was happening so I had to keep reading to find out what was happening but it only had the same effect as watching LOST. Only a few of my questions would be answered and suddenly I now have ten more new questions. That is how this book felt to me.

I really liked the characters even though when Mara first met Noah I thought he was a figment of her imagination. And Mara, I just don’t know if there is something paranormal going on with her or if she is just having blackouts and killing people or if she is just plain crazy. I really like the relationship between Noah and Mara and how they complement one another. They’re a good match!

And what the hell happened in that building!!!! And then the ending, OMG!!!! There are so many OMG moments in this book. I feel like I can only say OMG and it was crazy without giving away any spoilers. If you love young adult fiction and you haven’t read this book yet then you must be living underneath a rock. It’s crazy!! Michelle Hodkin and Simon and Schuster need to get the next book out so that I know what the hell is going on.


Bookish Brunette said...

I REALLY need to read Mars Dyer! It's one of those ones that I'm scared that the book won't live up to the hype... Even though it seems to have lived up to EVERYONE'S expectations so far! Lol

Anna said...

I really really loved Mara Dyer!!! It was by far the best book I read in 2011!!! I'm so so glad you ended up liking it too :))

Anna @ Literary Exploration

Natframpton said...

Great review. I so need to buy this book!

Danna (Bananas For Books) said...

I didn't get this book right away when it first came out because I thought it wouldn't live up to its expectations, but I think after seeing so many good reviews, I'm going to try it. Thanks for the review!

Alexa said...

I loved this one, it was one of the rare books that was worth all of the hype. I was shaking by the time I read the last page and I had to talk to everyone I knew about this book even if they didn't care.

Thanks for the great review, you have reminded me how much I enjoyed this one.

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