The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

Genre: YA Paranormal, YA Romance
Published: September 27th 2011
by Simon and Schuster




Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed. There is.

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


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is creepy, mysterious, and eerie – the kind of book you can’t put down until the very last page. While the romance is a bit flawed, the wonderful atmosphere of the story makes up for any flaws the romance has.

Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital, the sole survivor of a terrible accident that killed her best friend, with no memory of what happened. Her parents decide to move, hoping to allow Mara a chance to get a fresh start. But nothing is as simple as it seems…

The story itself is predictable. To anyone who has read many paranormal or mystery books, it’s clear what’s happened at the accident scene. Luckily, though, being able to predict what’s happened does not take away from the enjoyment of the eventual reveal.

Mara is an interesting character. It’s clear she’s an unreliable narrator, so you never know how much you can trust her. You can never tell if what she’s saying is real, or if it’s a PSTD-induced hallucination.

The romance was where I was a bit ambivalent with the story. There are many instances where the love interest, Noah, is a complete douchebag.

Noah placed his forefinger above my upper lip and his thumb below my bottom lip, and applied the slightest pressure, cutting me off. “Shut up,” he said quietly.
I nodded feebly, my pulse galloping in my veins.

I didn’t completely understand what Mara saw in Noah.

In the end, if not for the romance, this could have been an incredible novel. Unfortunately, the romance made it just better than mediocre. Admittedly, I am still a bit curious to see what happens next.


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