Review–The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
by Michelle Hodkin
Summary: 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.

Release Date: Sept 27, 2011

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Source: I purchased a paperback copy.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was great! I loved the way the story unfolded and how unpredictable it was the entire time. It wasn’t what I originally expected, though it was definitely unique, captivating, and more interesting than I expected. I cannot wait to read the next book!

I loved the level of mystery and the slow way the story unfolded. I liked Mara as the unreliable narrator and I was constantly trying to figure out what on earth was happening to her. I really felt watched and crazy and confused, as Mara felt throughout the book. The execution of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was marvelous!

Even though Mara was a heroine distracted by a gorgeous love interest and the novel wasn’t afraid to spend some time there, I wasn’t frustrated by it whatsoever. I didn’t feel like the story was a YA love story with a paranormal backdrop but a truly conflicted and mysterious series of events that happened to head in the direction of a romance. It all fit and flowed and worked really well.

I cannot gush enough about the feeling of the novel. I absolutely loved the mystery. I loved the way Mara’s parents hovered and watched and poked and prodded. I loved the missing time, the questions of sanity, the strange happenings that Mara couldn’t explain. It was so well done. Even the stifling Florida heat fit the feel and I could imagine it around me. Mara’s choices were paranoid, she was often in a bit of a frenzy, all while trying to appear normal so as not to upset her hovering parents and watchful siblings.

My review is vague, but so was the synopsis. I had no idea what the book was really about and I liked it that way, so I don’t want to give any details away. It was well written and I highly recommend it, especially to anyone looking for something a little different and unique in YA  supernatural fiction.


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