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Review: The unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Published by Simon and Schuster

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.


The unbecoming of Mara Dyer was uniquely different read and the main thing I liked about it was throughout 90% of the book you weren't quite sure what was going on.

At the very start of the book Mara is involved in an accident which kills three of her best friends and leaves her in a very fragile state. To try to help her recover the family decide to move across the country to start afresh somewhere new.

After the move Mara is faced with the usual "new girl at high school" problems of fitting in. She runs foul of the local popular girl and struggles to make friends as a consequence. One of the only people to pay attention to her is Noah, the mysterious hot boy at school which makes her even more unpopular even though his attentions aren't all that appreciated.

Mara's new life is strange. Things happen to her and she see things that aren't really there. She appears to be seeing her dead friends and quite rightly she starts to think she is going completely mad because she knows logically that these things can't be happening but she also knows that they are completely real to her when they are. I actually really liked this about the book as it keeps you guessing about what type of book it actually is and what in fact is actually going on all the way through.

I must say towards the end of the book things to become a lot clearer and the explanations for how things turn out is nicely done and not something I would have guessed. While tying up the first book nicely it does set the scene for the rest of the series quite nicely and has left me wanting more.

All in all an interesting and unique read which I enjoyed. I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes next.


Vicki said…
I have a bit of a thing for books about loss of memory. Love that you say it isn't predictable. I should add this to my wishlist.
iffath said…
Great review, Kirsty. I read this recently and the fact that most of the time I didn't understand what was happening actually really intrigued me. It had a very mysterious air to it!
I notice you didn't really touch on the romance-which is what dragged this book down for me. I loved wondering what was up with Mara's hallucinations but then it sidetracked into Noah-land and it lost me. What an ending though, right?