Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: YA, Mystery
Number of Pages: 452
Publishing Date: Sept. 27th, 2011
A little fun fact about me is that I love scary movies and scary books. I love genres like thrillers, mysteries, and horror. The cover of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by itself was enough to capture my interest. The picture on the cover told it’s own story and it interested me immensely. After reading a couple of reviews about how this book was thrilling yet romance-y, I knew I had to get it.
I started this book last October and I shelved it after about 40 pages or so due to me being consumed in lots of homework at the time and not being able to concentrate on a book that was as intricate as this one.
Yesterday, I decided to finally pick it back up because I was in the mood for something thrilling and scary, and I wanted to see if I liked this book enough to go and buy the rest of the series. The answer is yes. I liked this book. A lot. A LOT. I need to go get the rest of this trilogy immediately.
This book is so gripping and enticing. There was this thrilling and scary mystery aspect that was intertwined with this insanely cute and adorable (and sometimes fairly cheesy but still cute) relationship. This book somehow had the ability to make me smile and laugh, as well as giving me the chills and making me fairly creeped out to say the least. I greatly applaud the author for being able to write a story that was able to affect me in so many different ways, from making me all “oh-I-ship-that-couple-YES” to “holy-crap-this-is-scary-BYE“.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
Okay, I would first like to say that I just read the “behind the book” story about this book and it kind of freaked me out yet is extremely intriguing and interesting and unbelievable. The story behind why this book was written just made this book even more captivating to me.
The plot was so gripping and twisted, yet it had many light-hearted moments that gave me butterflies in my stomach (mainly the moments that featured Noah Shaw).
As the story developed, the plot became bigger and bigger and at times, I was a bit confused at what was going on and I had to re-read certain sections of the book. Sometimes I had no idea what was going on and what was real and what wasn’t, and when Mara was supposed to be confused, I could tell that the reader was confused and IT MADE THE BOOK SO THRILLING.
Some of the scenes in this book honestly did give me the creeps. When Mara got home and the front door swung open by itself, the bathtub scene, the scene where Mara realized the earrings were still in her ears, the scene where picture frames and doors were on the wrong side of the hallway. It was all so creepy and interesting and amazingly written.
What was real? What wasn’t real? There are so many questions that I still have and I hope they all get answered in the next two books of this trilogy!
THE ENDING PLOT TWIST. I had a feeling that something wasn’t quite right about how they never recovered Jude’s body, but I totally didn’t expect him to just POP UP AT THE END OF THE BOOK. LIKE, IN REAL LIFE FORM. WHAT EVEN. MARA LITERALLY MADE THE BUILDING COLLAPSE TO KILL JUDE AND APPARENTLY NOW SHE DIDN’T AND APPARENTLY HE’S ALIVE AND ASDFGHJKL WTH IS GOING ON.
Mara’s character reminded me a lot of myself; which, now that I’m typing that, probably seems extremely strange and kind of weird. I in no way relate to her hallucinations and/or seeing ghost situations, her PTSD, or her ability to somehow kill things by just thinking about them, but I do relate to her overall personality. Mara is sassy, funny, and stands her ground, and I loved that about her character because it was really relatable. There is a lot that happens in this book that is fairly heavy and deep, but Mara’s personality shines at certain points in the book, and I appreciated having a main character that could still tell a joke or crack a smile even after every crazy thing that they’ve been through.
I’m kind of in love with Noah Shaw. He’s just so cute and funny and witty and frustrating and sarcastic and caring and many more adjectives that I could probably use to describe him but can’t think of at the moment. (And he has a British accent. Which may or may not have made me swoon as soon as it was mentioned.) I will admit, there was a bit of insta-love that happened in this story. But as a person that is a sucker for romance and doesn’t mind insta-love as much as some readers, I found Noah and Mara’s relationship extremely cute, adorable, and beautiful. Noah’s character was so interesting and every scene he was in made me laugh at one point. I really hope we learn more about Noah, his past, and his healing powers in the next two books.
“No, it isn’t irrelevant. You want me as much as I want you. And all I want is you.”
All of the characters in this book had unique qualities to them which I loved. I really enjoyed reading about both of Mara’s brothers in this book. Daniel was really caring and Joseph was hilarious. Sometimes siblings are included in books just so there are other family members present, but Mara’s brothers really played a role in this story, and I appreciated that aspect of the book a lot.
Michelle Hodkin’s writing style is captivating. After I read a few pages, I couldn’t set the book down. Her writing is extremely easy to read, even though the story in of itself is intricate and full of details and descriptions. The story wasn’t too fast-paced, but it wasn’t too slow-paced. I didn’t even realize that I had read a 452-page book within hours until I had flipped to the last page of the novel.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was thrilling and enticing and captivating and everything I could’ve wanted in a mystery/thriller YA book. The ending cliffhanger/plot twist caught me way off guard and I seriously need to read the next two books. Soon. Immediately. Now. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”
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