Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #1)12:21 PM
Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Psychological
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Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed.
The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. But Mara's new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people's deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she's going crazy!
And if dealing with all this wasn't enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can't seem to leave her alone...but as her life unravels around her, Mara can't help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether.
I think I am officially the last person on earth to read this book. I think I was put off by it purely because its a trilogy and I do so much better with standalones, I just prefer them. But I decided to get this and my mum got me the second one for christmas (just in case) and I thought I would take the plunge and read it as Ren kept telling me that I need to read it and after all the hype on blogs and booktube I decided to give it a go.
I was not disappointed.
This series has been known to mess with your head, make you think you're going insane, exactly like Mara Dyer. I didn't find this one very confusing but apparently the confusion comes within the second. I found it easy to follow but you were still finding yourself taken on such a ride, one minute you thought something was happening and then the next minute something else happens. One minute you think Mara Dyer is crazy and belongs in a lunatic asylum and the next you're wondering why her parents don't just believe her!
The writing is incredible, I loved it, I read the book within a week, constantly reading on my commute to and from uni (which is an hour and a half each way) I found it really hard to put down. It had a lot of mention of books which I love, a lot of reference to psychology, which I also loved and also quite a lot of poetic writing which is one of my favourite types, if not overdone.
I can't say too much about the characters without giving away the story, but I really did like Mara Dyer, in fact if anything I felt sorry for her. She wakes up in a hospital with no idea what has happened and then starts seeing her dead friends, how horrific must that have been? I liked her sarcastic wit whenever she was flirted with or confronted, I just liked her. As for Noah, oh god do I even have to mention him? Lets face it hes hot, though i'm not sure what Americans find so attractive about our British accents but anyway.. I love him.
The story itself, was just amazing, I love anything with good twists and let me tell you the end of this book literally made me shout "WHAT?! HOW?!" in my bedroom as I finished it, so I was lucky I wasn't on my commute or I probably would've looked a little crazy.
To avoid any spoilers, and thinking its best to go in not knowing much (like I did) I'm keeping this review short and sweet, for any of you that love books with a lot of twists that literally messes with your head, PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW.
Have you read this book? What did you think?