Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins

Title: The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkins
Source: Purchased
Genre: Young Adult
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Caution: May contain spoilers

Mara wakes up from a coma with no memory of the accident that caused the deaths of her best friend, boyfriend, and boyfriend's sister. The doctors tell her parents that starting over in a new state and a new school will be good for her and that she should let the memories come back on their own. But Mara's new start is anything but comforting when she sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and her world starts to fall apart. She begins to see people's deaths just before they happen--at least that's what she thinks she's seeing. On top of that, the most beautiful boy ever is pursuing her, but his intentions may not be so pure....
Part thriller, part paranormal, this hotly anticipated debut novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.

~synopsis from Goodreads

My Thoughts:


For months I tried and tried to NOT buy this. I knew it was going to be really good. But I had too many other books that I need to finish first, so I kept putting it off... until I caved in and splurged to buy this beauty. I was right, it was insanely amazing. I was continually on the edge of my seat… because of what was happening at the moment, curious as to what was going to happen next. Wondering what is real and what is imagined. You’re constantly interested. It’s not like a story that has slow moments (well, maybe a couple but it's short lived). It’s always moving, always changing, always keeping you guessing.

Mara is remembering things from the night everything went wrong. Only she remembers them in short bursts, never enough to completely understand what lead to that inevitable moment, just snippets. And in all this, she’s barely able to feel anything when she can’t understand. She keeps seeing things, hallucinating, the walls and ceiling collapsing, seeing the friends that died that night. Mara is at a new school, trying to start over, but it all keeps coming back to her. Her parents are concerned about her, especially after a few incidents and seeing how much she’s not herself so she goes to a psychiatrist and receives help for her visions and hallucinations.

At this new school are two types of people--people who have it out for her (and you want to punch their faces for it), and people who want to be around her. One of them being Noah. Sensational, utterly sexy Noah Shaw. Oh yes, I see it now everyone. I see what it is about him. Talk about wowsa. I just kept reading his words in an English accent (ala Ed Westwick) and I was swooning. What is it about those bad boys?! AUGH!!! I loved Noah! And their banter. Oh that banter. It was like Gossip Girl.

When it comes to other people in Mara's life, her brothers were so sweet and cool. So was Mara’s other friend Jamie. One of those awesome guy friends that you just love for being a good friend. I love those kinds of guys.

There is just TOO MUCH to say about this book. Too much. But I'm trying really hard not to give too many details away, because that's what makes this story so amazing. There are so many little things that add up to the biggest of things in the end. So intriguing and scary and thrilling all at once. I’d definitely (DEFINITELY) recommend The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer because it will keep you hanging on to every single word.  And that cliffhanger ending? So frustratingly fall out of your chair perfect. What a story… I cannot wait until Michelle Hodkins gives us book number two!

My Rating:

Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM


  1. I love Jamie! He really does make the book in certain parts. I really didn't like the book in the beginning and I'm still not a huge fan of Mara herself but I did love this book. It is odd to me to think this was my fav of 2011 when for the first half of the book I didn't really like it lol.

    Glad you enjoyed the story!

    1. There's just something about this story that keeps you interested. When it comes to Mara, I like her but I don't love her. :P

  2. I need to read this one but I'm afraid my expectations are too high still. I've heard bad things about Noah so I'm interested to see you liked him.

    1. He's kinda like Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl--you love him, you hate him, you love to hate him while hating to love him. Lol.

  3. I'm with Jenny on this one. I think my expectations are way too high and also, I'm afraid I just won't GET this book. I'm one of those people who likes simple stories so all the different things happening at once might confuse me. I don't do well when things may or may not be real and you have to decipher it all.

    1. It is one of those books that can go both ways, you love it or hate it, depending on the reader. It's a psychological thing after all. There's still so much I don't understand yet about it.


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