The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer #BookReview

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer #BookReviewThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Also in this series: The Evolution of Mara Dyer, The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 1st 2012
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift (Not From Author)
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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 aloneā€¦ but as her life unravels around her, Mara can't help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogetherā€¦

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

I’ve been dying to read this book since I first read the synopsis. And something about the name just draws me in. The book doesn’t disappoint. I started reading this one as soon as I opened the mail. It’s haunting and gripping. I know some people complained about the romance, this is how I think Romance is at it’s best. There was some drooling but not nearly enough to piss me off.


Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital but doesn’t remember how she got there. She discovers that her boyfriend and his sister, along with her best friend, have been killed in a freak accident. Mara is strangely unhurt. After this her parents agree to move to a new location where Mara makes a new friend and finds a strange boy who she can’t help but feel drawn to.

Strange things are happening to her. She’s having hallucinations.

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And she’s praying to remember how her friend Rachael died. But can she handle the truth? Will the truth set her free?

And Noah… who is he? What are his secrets?

I was at the edge of my seat trying to figure out this one. Is Mara crazy? Is it a ghost? I don’t know.


I think the characters are all believable although Daniel is an insufferable nerd. I still like him. He really helps out his sister which is more than what you expect from a brother. Mara is confused a lot and for that I feel confused myself. Joseph is pretty smart for a little kid.

I liked that Mara’s mom was very involved in her life. Most YA books have parents mysteriously missing. And even Mara’s dad who is always at work makes a few appearances in the story.


The story is from Mara’s point of view and that’s fine, it is about her. I really liked the writing and the pacing. I read this one every chance I got which wasn’t that much. Sometimes I only managed to read one or two chapters at a time.

I have several questions after reading this first book which I hope will be answered in the others.

About the Author:

At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer Trilogy. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and its sequels, The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer are available now. Michelle lives with her three rescued pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

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