Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):

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 by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
16-year-old ‘Mara’ (that’s not her real name, but the name she’s using), has recently survived an accident that killed her 2 friends and her boyfriend. Her parents tell her that she was in an abandoned asylum, and that the building collapsed on top of them, but Mara doesn’t remember anything.

Convinced that what she needs is a fresh start somewhere else, Mara and her family move to Florida, and Mara enrols at a private school, where she makes friends with a boy called Jamie, and catches the attention of the beautiful and British Noah.

Things aren’t going well for Mara though. She’s been told that she’s suffering from post-traumatic stress, but she’s not sure if that covers the things that are happening to her – seeing her dead friends faces when she looks in a mirror, hallucinating things that aren’t really there, and now, seeing people’s deaths before they happen.
But is she just nuts, or is something else going on?

I have to say that I’m a bit confused over this book! Poor Mara is hallucinating, she’s delusional, and at times it’s very difficult to know what is real, and what is imagined! I did enjoy the book, and I did like the storyline, although I thought that it fell a little flat in places. I just found it quite difficult to work out what was real and what was a hallucination!

I liked Mara, as messed up as she was, and I liked Noah, although I felt there could have been a touch more romance in the story.
Even having finished the book there are certain things that are a mystery still, and I’m really not sure how to take the ending! It will certainly be interesting to find out what happens next!
7 out of 10.



  1. I can't tell if you recommend this book or not. Giving it 7/10, I think you are. :-)

  2. Hey, as long as you actually want to read book two, then this book did it's job. :) I still need to read it. I have heard good and bad things, but the concept interests me for sure.

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