Book: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: September 27th, 2011
Date Started: March 27th, 2014
Date Finished: April 4th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
I’m so glad I finally got to read this book. This book has been haunting me forever (pun not intended, you’ll see why its a pun later!) I’ve apparently been on a murder story kick lately. Hope nobody takes that as a sign! Just kidding!
So when I found out about this book, I had thought it was about a girl who went through something traumatic and was just struggling to deal with it. However, it was much more than that. This story is about a girl name Mara who was found in an abandoned collapsed building. She can’t remember anything, like how she got there, what she was doing there, or how the building collapsed. The only thing she knows is that all her best friends are dead. Being unable to deal with the accident, Mara and her family pick up everything and move to Florida. Mara starts attending a private school, but then strange things start to happen as she starts to remember what happened the night the building collapsed. And then theres Noah. The school player who captures Mara’s heart.
I didn’t think that this book would have a paranormal twist to it. Everything felt so normal around Mara, except for the strange events that are happening relating to her accident. The problem I had with this, was when it came towards a big reveal that I don’t want to reveal, I was left confused. I really didn’t expect anything big in the paranormal department because it seemed to be downplayed a lot until the very end. It sort of seemed to explode at the end, and my head was swirling trying to keep up with the explanation. To sum this up, it was too much information at once.
I also found that I wasn’t as hooked into this book as others were. I could only read about 50 pages in one sitting. When I’m really hooked into a book, I usually read about 100 pages at a time. This dragged the book out for me, because it was closer to 500 pages than the 300 or so pages that I’m used to for YA books. I found that I sometimes would stop reading the book mid sentence. I really don’t have an explanation for this., except that I wasn’t as hooked as I thought I would be. I think that I had put high expectations into this book, and so when the book didn’t meet those expectations, I was let down. This is partly due to the fact that I had been wanting to read this book for so long, that in my mind, I just automatically assumed that this was going to be an awesome read because I had been waiting for so long. This my friends, is my fault. And I’m sorry that I let it affect the way that I read the book.
As for the story itself, the relationship between Mara and Noah was really intense. Noah was the kind of guy that all your friends warn you against because he has a reputation. But hes also the kind of character that changes his bad boy ways. But I think Noah was a little different. He never seemed to downplay the fact that he had a past with a reputation. He never apologized for that part of his life, and vowed to changed. Its like he accepted the fact that someone came along and changed the game, and thats all that there was to look forward to. Anything that happened in his past, would remain in his past. This made me like Noah a lot. I liked the fact that he didn’t apologize for the person that he was. He has that no regrets kind of policy, and thats something that I like to live my life by. Or at least I try to.
As for Mara, it was heartbreaking to go through the motions with her. She felt like she was going crazy, but deep down, she knew that she wasn’t. She didn’t have another explanation for what was happening to her, and it seemed like it was just easier for her to claim she was going crazy, just like her family did. But she kept fighting, to find out what happened to her. Her life was unraveling, and she tried to cling by the threads instead of just letting a mental ward suck her in. There are multiple ways to deal with a situation, and I truly believed that she did the best that she could.
There was a big huge twist at the end that changed the whole game for Mara. Of course, it happened to land on the last page, making me want to read the next book. Which, I thankfully have waiting for me at the library to pick up this afternoon. I’m a big fan of reading books in a series one after another. The next book is called The Evolution of Mara Dyer and is available in book stores and Amazon. The third book in the series is called The Retribution of Mara Dyer which unfortunately, is not out until November.