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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | October 23, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is rated 4.4375 out of 5 by 32.
Mara Dyer doesn’t know if she is crazy or haunted—all she knows is that everyone around her is dying in this suspenseful and “strong, inventive tale” (Kirkus Reviews).

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.
     After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
     This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: October 23, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442421770

ISBN - 13: 9781442421776

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will have you wanting more! Mara is the sole survivor of an accident that killed her best friend, hey boyfriend and her boyfriend’s sister. She has no memory of the accident until she starts dreaming about it in bits and pieces. Her family wanting to protect her moves to Florida where she starts over. In the new private school Croydan, she meets the resident ladies man Noah Shaw and finds a friend in Jamie. High school wouldn’t be the same of there weren’t any bullies around. They come in the form of Noah’s ex Anna and her friend Aiden. I definitely enjoyed reading this book, enjoyed it so much I want to re-read it again. Mara’s character is feisty and stubborn and she stands up for herself when people attempt to bully her. She was different than other characters just because of the way she thought about people who crossed her. Yes they ended up dying as she fantasizes about it. Which brings up the reason why she’s able to do that. Murder people that is. I found it truly disturbing when she would hallucinate and you as a reader can tell the difference between her reality and her dream like state, until you get to the ending where it makes you even more determined why Mara Dyer is the way she is. (which isn’t even her real name) Can I say how much I enjoyed Noah’s character? How much more depth to personality than what he showed to his peers? That no matter how sexy, and smart he was that inside he was just as lonely and isolated as Mara? And this is one of the reasons they’re attracted to each other? I also love how the two teased each other with their literary flirtin and smart comments. This book wasn’t just about a romance, it was a psychological thriller at its best. I highly recommend reading this. Well done Michelle Hodkin! I am extremely excited to read more about Mara Dyer and will highly anticipate the new book when it releases soon enough! Combined with a mystery, paranormal romance, this book will have you wanting more!
Date published: 2014-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite! I am absolutely, positively in love with this book. I have to admit that the first time I read it, I found it a bit confusing bust I re-read it and fell absolutely in love. The first two books (the unbecoming and evolution) are amazing and I cannot wait until the third comes out. I highly recommend that you read this book!!
Date published: 2013-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling and a little confusing at the end. I really liked this one. I thought the plot speed was good and the characters were absolutely amazing. The events all added up (or most of them) and I really liked how everything played out and was described. But the ending was a little confusing. Even now after i've finished the book i can't really seem to figure out what really happened.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I couldnt believe how much i love this book! Im waiting to buy the next one, and after reading this fantastic book, you will jump at the chance to read the next book. It was well written and different from other paranormal/romance books i have read. Mara Dyer is not your usual lead character in a horror book. She was scared and confused, but also acted like a normal teenage girl. She really had all the right aspects to make this book the best as possible. I fell in love with Noah so fast, and felt that his character-him and his personality-fits the story so well. I could picture every piece of this story- every scene, every emotion, every thought. I know some people think that this is a usual story line for a paranormal book, but i strongly dissagree. I thought that Hodkin made an original book, especially with what we find out about Noah towards the end. I enjoyed the 'before' parts of the book, and loved how we didn't find out everything about the accident and Mara all at once. Overall, i loved this book. The ending leaves room open so that almost anything could happen. I have to say that i didn't finish this book too fast. Yes, i read it very quickly, but at most parts i didnt find myself super angry to have to put the book down. Other parts made we want to scream because i just had to read on. When reading this book, some parts made me want to yell, while others put a huge smile on my face. The characters are relatable and real, and the plot is astounding. I honestly loved this book so much!
Date published: 2012-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was browsing through Indigo for a new read, and the cover grab my attention. Next thing I new I was deep into the pages of this book and was done within 24 hours! So excited for the third installment as the evolution of Mara Dyer was even better! Highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book. I was in the bookstore on Saturday, looking something new to read, and an employee suggested this book, and i`m glad she did! I find that I relate to the main character, her awkwardness, her taste in style and music, and the feeling that i am slowly going crazy. Today, I am on the last chapter and I have a feeling that it`s going to be one of those big shock endings, yet because of all that has happened, I have no idea what twist the ending might be... I love it so far, 5 stars for sure!
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from has potential... but did not quite grab me completely. i will definitely agree with other reviews the entire book you are wondering what is it about mara dyer. is she an alien? possessed? superhero? psychotic? in a coma? delusional? i didn't really take to mara i thought she a bit annoying. i really liked noah, jamie and daniel. i thought they were more interesting addition to mara's story. i found the plot catching but it seemed a bit repetitive. she was always doing the same thing but in different environment. maybe i was expecting a bit more depth, but it is a YA novel of course. definitely expect a quick completely surprising cliffhanger ending. it caught me off guard completely i had to read it twice. OMMMG really?? no way!!! i can see why people will be running out to get the 2nd novel. i like the book but not sure enough to quickly run out to get the next one.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic, captivating read Originally posted at OMFG!Books @ Blogspot.ca Ho-ly crap. This book. THIS BOOK. I loved it so much I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to write a coherent review. I've put it off for days in hope of gathering my thoughts but that didn't work, I just fangirled more and immediately started book two. Forgive me if I go off on tangents, start fangirling, and possibly key-smashing. With a side of gushing. Lots of gushing. Ok. Here we go. To be honest, it sat on my shelf for a while. For reasons I'm not even sure of myself I put it off. This past week, leading up to the release of book two I decided why not? I've heard amazing things from friends, read a few less than stellar reviews, seen great things on Tumblr... I had to find out what all this hype and talk about was myself. I love creepy things. I've been a horror movie junkie since I was about 8 years old. (Hah, no wonder I turned out so... fantastic.) Add romance to that and you have a book I want to get my hands on. Right off the bat, Unbecoming brings out the creepy factor with the much loved Ouija board. At a birthday party. Yes, it's been done before many times but that's because it's effective. It sets the atmosphere, the tone, and from then on it's one big, creepy, dark mind game of a ride. It's a captivating story. From the summary, you're not sure what to expect. Halfway in and you're still not really sure what's going on but it holds you because of that. You have to know. You have to find out what the heck is going on. Is it really all in her head? Is there something bigger at play? What. The. Heck!? I wouldn't be surprised if a thunderstorm started up where someone cracks the book open to add to the spookiness. I loved Mara. She's a complex character. She has so many problems. More problems than most her age do. Her best friend died in a terrible accident, along with two others. She packed up and moved to another state, far from home. She's starting at a new school. And that is just the iceberg. Mara has a great, dry, witty sense of humor. She needs it with everything that she's going through. All she wants is to be normal; to be better. A lot of people would be able to relate to that if you take away the supernatural part of the book and I think that was really great. When the romance started with Noah (swoooooon!) I was a little jilted and upset that the creepy factor and a lot of the mystery kind of dropped of to establish it. But then I fell in love with Noah. Talk about a fictional guy-crush. And then we found out that Noah is linked to the mysteries surrounding Mara. At least one of them, anyway. What's fantastic about Mara and Noah is that it wasn't the love at first sight, insta-love, insta-make out scenes. There was a believable lead up. There was a slow build up with attraction, banter, and everything you want in a great romance. Which is what they are. I just - man, oh man, I warned you I would start to flail around. Noah on his own is fantastic: British (!!!), hot, wonderful and basically everything you'd want in a guy. Yes, he has a past and a bit of a reputation but the more I really learned about him, the more I fell in love with him. Mara Dyer. By the time you finish the book, you're still not entirely sure who she is but that's the great part. It makes you hungry for more. You're in for a doozie with this one. There are great characters with great characterization. More than that, there is actually family in this. It's rare to find a YA novel where the protagonists's family is at the front and centre of everything but Mara's mother, father and two brothers are a central part of the story. There is a fantastic romance. Most of all, there's a jaw-dropping twist. If you love creepy things that make your skin crawl sometimes, that make you want to sleep with the lights on, that make the hairs on your arms stand up then The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is right for you. Michelle Hodkin came out of the gate with a winner. Just make sure you buy book two because you're gonna wanna tear right into it after finishing Unbecoming.
Date published: 2012-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twists and turns to keep you guessing what exactly is so Unbecoming about Mara Dyer I remember reading the synopsis for this and I was immediately intrigued by how it gave NOTHING away. Even the cover with its eerie water logged clothes, with a sense of weightlessness - however captivating, still didn't explain any of the secrets hidden away in the pages. In fact, all this vagueness irritated me to the point where I had to find out exactly who was this Mara Dyer, and what her story was. So I ran out and bought it (random aside: a book store employee tried to ward me off it by saying she didn't enjoy it, this is a huge pet peeve for me and I'm glad I didn't listen to her), but it wasn't until Just a Lil' Lost's August read-a-long that I finally got around to reading it and unraveling the mystery that is Mara. Parts of the book are broken up into segments: 'before' the accident and 'after' the accident. Before the accident we get a look into Mara's life with her friends while they were still alive and their strained interactions. Then we fast forward to after the accident - Mara has woken up and doesn't remember a thing from the night that killed her friends. In an attempt to get past the loss, she packs up her life and moves to Florida to start fresh at a new school. But running away from her past isn't as easy as Mara would like. Soon strange incidences start happening and it starts pushing her to figure out what's real and what isn't before more bodies start piling up. I love Mara from the beginning to the end of the book. She's solid in dealing with the shock of losing her friends in such a horrific way and in the post traumatic stress that she's dealing with. She has a clear tone of voice full of sarcasm and snappy comebacks. I especially loved her dynamics with her siblings - sure they bickered (what siblings don't?) - but they had these amazing genuine loving moments together. As the story progresses and the pieces fall into place - she changes and it gets kind of scary. So I'm really wondering how this is going to play out in the next book! Noah Shaw, love interest and bad boy extraordinaire. I'll admit he rubbed me the wrong way at first (bleh he's a smoker, womanizer by reputation and pretty full of himself). He's supposed to be British, and while it gives him an above and beyond sense of entitlement that he fully embraces- I had a bit of a difficult time putting a British accent to his voice and it wasn't until some kind of European reference was stated that I'd remember "Oh right...he's British..". But where he won me over was in his absolutely vulgar/sexual innuendo laced banter with Mara, I just couldn't help but laugh. He's full of secrets and motives, and I could never quite place where he was going. But the reveals at the end definitely has my attention glued to what's in store for Noah Shaw. Eventually the 'before' and 'after' parts of the story start blurring as reality and fantasy start violently colliding for Mara. I was never sure if anything was just a coincidence, or if it was actually real. I love stories like this. It kept me guessing throughout the whole story and kept me up all night reading to find out what exactly it was that made Mara Dyer so Unbecoming...
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read despite some inconsistencies Mara wakes up in the hospital after an accident that kills her friends. She has no memory of the incident and in fact, isn't even sure of what her real name is. When her family relocates to Florida to get away from the tragedy, she tries to fit in at the private school that her and her brother are enrolled in while dealing with the flashbacks and nightmares. Attributing them to PTSD, Mara is reluctant to take meds or go through therapy until her hallucinations keep coming more and more frequently. What she uncovers about herself and her involvement with the accident leaves Mara and her new love interest stunned. To be honest, I didn't know too much of what the book was about. The book jacket synopsis is mysteriously vague and the gorgeous cover gives the impression of something to do with water. I don't often like going into a book with no idea of what was going on but it worked out well in this case. I liked the mystery aspect to the plot and the uncertainty of what happened with her friends coupled with her eerie hallucinations kept me hooked. I'm conflicted on my thoughts of Noah, the love interest. While I am often partial to the bad boys, a lot of his actions seemed so contradictory & over-the-top to his bad boy label that I found myself rolling my eyes at times. The extravagance of his gestures sometimes seemed a bit contrived and I found the tour of his house a bit "Edward Cullen-esque" in its opulence. That being said, Noah is quite the charming character and, cheesy or not, he's an interesting one to keep your eye on. (SLIGHT spoiler alert) While I did really enjoy the story, one brief detail stuck out at me right from the first page that I couldn't shake the whole way through. The book begins with a "handwritten" letter from Mara Dyer indicating that her lawyer asked her to pick a name since she couldn't remember anything. So it's established before the story even begins that Mara Dyer is not her real name. But right from the first chapter where she's playing with a Ouija board pre-accident with her friends, there is so much emphasis on the fact that Mara is her name. I kept waiting for something to tie in that first handwritten page with the rest of the story since there was SO much attention to her name, whether it was how people pronounced it or how her parents were Mr. & Mrs. Dyer. I kept hanging onto that the entire way, wondering how that was going to loop back around with the way the story was going. (/end slight spoiler) Setting that aside, however, I thoroughly devoured this book. I couldn't put it down and needed to keep reading until I found out what was going on. Sometimes, you just have eto suspend your disbelief and enjoy an entertainingly creepy read. One good thing about waiting so long to get to this one is that I don't have that long to wait for the sequel! This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Another Cliche Teen Read I got this book on a recommendation because I enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone so intensely, and was excited to read it. However, it wasn't long after beginning it, that I knew it wasn't what I was looking for. Here we have a teenage girl who is trying to convnce herself that she is not insane after her boyfriend, best friend, and a frienemy are killed in a freak building collapse that she walks away from, but has not memory of. Her family moves her across the country, so she can "have a fresh start", and she meets Noah, the hawtest guy (who happens to have an "oh so sexy" British accent and is super rich) at school , who uses women and throws them away until he lays eyes on the ordinary Mara and changes his ways - she of course, feigns interest while secretly drawing pictures of him and swooning like a Bieber fan. Ok, you get where it's going here, so no need to bring out any real spoilers.... Apart from the fact that the storyline was so cliche, the writing was all over the place, and as a reader you are left to wonder what this book is all about until about 3/4 of the way through, it was like a train wreck, I didn't want to read anymore, but I needed to find out the point of it all, and some part of me wanted the story to redeem itself, but sadly, it did not! Leave this one to the fans of Hush Hush...
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly fantastic! Mara can't remember what happened. Last thing she knew, she was competing for her best friend's attention, now three people are dead and she is the sole survivor. When the pain becomes too much to bear, Mara's family moves south for a fresh start - but Mara is still haunted. What happened at the asylum? Why do people around her keep dying? Is she going crazy? And why is the most unattainable guy at school suddenly interested in everything about her? Good lord, this book knocked my socks off! I honestly can't remember why I picked it up, but I thought I was settling in for an angsty teen novel with a little bit of psychological thriller thrown in for good measure. I was wrong. It's amazing! While the book does indeed resemble a psychological mystery at first, by the end of the book I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and my thriller turned into a paranormal series opener that promises to garner a lot of attention from teen and adult readers alike! Enough said. I won't spoil it for you. Just read it.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Distrubingly Awesome (Originally posted at http://www.lostatmidnightreviews.blogspot.ca/) I've always been slightly afraid of mirrors. You know in horror movies where people look away from the mirror then look back and the knife-wielding axe-murderer whatever is standing behind them? Yeah, that has made me very scared of mirrors. So has this book. I was literally shaking when I read it, and kept ducking and hiding from mirrors for days afterwards! I'm sorry, but seeing dead friends in mirrors instead of yourself? Yeah, it was terrifying. It was probably not my best idea to stay up 'til two reading but I couldn't help myself! I needed to know what happened! A midnight read at its finest. I was absolutely hooked from the first page. That letter! Wow! What a grab. Actually, I could say I was hooked from the cover cause, um, yeah, one of the best covers I've ever seen. One question I heard about the cover, which made me love it that much more, was "Is the boy on the cover saving her, or pulling her under?" Every time I look at the cover I can't help but shiver. The story itself was shudder-inducing (in a good way). Watching the main character, Mara Dyer, slowly slip into madness was engrossing while terrifying. Her visions had me cowering from the pages, while flipping them faster to read more. The flashbacks of the incident, the constant nightmares, and Mara's attempt to survive it all kept the story moving, and kept my heart-pounding. Mara Dyer is not your typical heroine, and I loved that about her. She's dark, haunted, and scary in her own right. She's a bit of a tragic heroine; one fatal flaw could bring her all down. Which is fantastic (in a literary sense. I'm sure it's not so fantastic for Mara). A lot of books have strong female leads that have you cheering and rooting for their success. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has a protagonist that has you staring in horror, yet fascinated by her every decision. I have to say, this series has a lot of potential. And the dark heroine of Mara is one to watch out for. I have to also mention Noah Shaw. Although I found the beginning of their relationship slightly typical (by YA book standards), I adored him. I can't help but love a sarcastic hottie, with a sweet side. I mean really, who can! I don't want to give away anything, so I'm going to put a big SPOILER ALERT right here (although, it's not really a huge spoiler, but if you don't want any, don't read this paragraph) but there was one thing that irked me about the book. I didn't like the supernatural element that was thrown in at the end. I liked the more contemporary, although a bit paranormal, style it was taking. But the end! Oh the end. Let's just say I NEED to have The Evolution of Mara Dyer in my hands...like yesterday. If you're looking for a scary thrill-ride, pick up The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It'll have you cowering in a corner, while gluing your eyes to the page. The cover of The Evolution of Mara Dyer was just released and my goodness is it gorgeous! As stunning and as deeply haunting as the first. Makes me wonder what's going to happen in the second book!
Date published: 2012-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twisted The first page is what sold me, after I read the letter I had to know what happened, I read this entire book in one sitting thanks to that letter. The beautiful cover didn't hurt either. So, to the books content: I can't help it, I fell for the typical teenage girl dream, so what? The banter between Mara and Noah had me laughing out loud at times, I absolutely loved it. At other times though, I was petrified with fear. Mara is someone I could easily connect with, despite the fact we have nothing in common, which takes talent, good job Michelle Hodkin. I will say though that at times I had no idea where the characters were or how they got there, which was annoying. This novel had more romance than I and probably most other people were expecting but it worked.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Combined with a mystery, paranormal romance, this book will have you wanting more! Mara is the sole survivor of an accident that killed her best friend, hey boyfriend and her boyfriends sister. She has no memory of the accident until she starts dreaming about it in bits and pieces. Her family wanting to protect her moves to Florida where she starts over. In the new private school Croydan, she meets the resident ladies man Noah Shaw and finds a friend in Jamie. High school wouldnt be the same of there werent any bullies around. They come in the form of Noahs ex Anna and her friend Aiden. I definitely enjoyed reading this book, enjoyed it so much I want to re-read it again. Maras character is feisty and stubborn and she stands up for herself when people attempt to bully her. She was different than other characters just because of the way she thought about people who crossed her. Yes they ended up dying as she fantasizes about it. Which brings up the reason why shes able to do that. Murder people that is. I found it truly disturbing when she would hallucinate and you as a reader can tell the difference between her reality and her dream like state, until you get to the ending where it makes you even more determined why Mara Dyer is the way she is. (which isnt even her real name) Can I say how much I enjoyed Noahs character? How much more depth to personality than what he showed to his peers? That no matter how sexy, and smart he was that inside he was just as lonely and isolated as Mara? And this is one of the reasons theyre attracted to each other? I also love how the two teased each other with their literary flirtin and smart comments. This book wasnt just about a romance, it was a psychological thriller at its best. I highly recommend reading this. Well done Michelle Hodkin! I am extremely excited to read more about Mara Dyer and will highly anticipate the new book when it releases soon enough! Combined with a mystery, paranormal romance, this book will have you wanting more! Rating 5/5
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty interesting stuff The thing I liked the most about this book was that Mara wasn't your average 100% perfect, Nancy Drew-ish teen lit heroine. She was real, she wasn't too incredible to be believable, but she was still lovable, despite her flaws. The secrets from Mara's past keep the plot moving quite quickly, and it was definetly an interesting novel. I think Michelle Hodkin could have laid off of the teen romance a bit (it is getting to be overdone at this point in YA fiction) but other than that, this book was great! Can't wait for volume two.
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful debut from Hodkin! First things first, I have to give kudos to Lucy Ruth Cummins who designed the jacket for this novel and to Heather Landis who took the photograph. Without even knowing anything about the story, I was immediately drawn in just because of the cover of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the debut novel by Michelle Hodkin. They always say not to judge a book by its cover and I was tempted–with a cover so beautiful, I expected the story to be the same. Let’s just say that the book totally met my expectations. I read the whole thing in about 6 hours, not able to put it down–if you don’t count the fact that my eyes just couldn’t take it anymore and I had to take a break for sleep. Lately, I’ve been hesitant to read books that have been part of a series. I don’t know what it is, but too often absolutely nothing happens in the book just because it’s part of a series. I always think that if the author wants to do that, why not release the whole series of books in one book? Mara Dyer doesn’t do that. While the reader knows that something else is going to happen after the last words of the story (and I’m not talking about the words that say ‘End of Volume One’), so much happens throughout the novel’s 455 pages that it makes the journey worthwhile–I was biting my nails, page after page, wondering what was going on, unable to guess it correctly. I am very much looking forward to the next installment and hope that it’s just as much as a fun and exciting ride as this book. After finishing it, I immediately wanted to share it with everyone because I loved it so much. That’s not to say that it didn’t have its iffy moments: it was Twilight-esque in some moments (not that I’m saying that certain things in Twilight can never happen in any book, but it just reminded me of it), but it also made me compare Mara to Bella–whereas Bella comes off as helpless and annoying some of the time (or most of the time, depending on how you look at it), Mara can stick up for herself, defend herself, and has just as many snarky comments as the next person–so many times I found myself laughing over something she said or something she was thinking. I loved Hodkin’s style of writing–the fact that Mara was the narrator for the novel and that we were invited inside of her head made it so enjoyable. I found myself comparing various aspects of the novel to different Teen fiction books that are out there because of this. For example, I loved that the dialogue took a “no holds barred” approach and there was swearing, crudeness, and indecent thoughts at every turn. I look at a series like House of Night and am thankful for a book like Mara Dyer, where the dialogue doesn’t come across as painfully immature, making me roll my eyes. It was refreshing. Even the romance in the novel was refreshing. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is romance. And it’s not a love-at-first-sight kind of romance, but it’s a gradual building of love that’s actually believable. I won’t lie when I say that the male lead in this book is something worth swooning over–he definitely is. Even I loved him and I’m well past his age. And while the romance is quite prominent in the book, it never takes away from the premise of the story–Mara wants to get to the bottom of her problem and we’re all tumbling down the rabbit hole after her, curious, waiting to see what will happen. Speaking of characters, there aren’t too many characters in the book. We have Mara’s family–her parents and her brothers, Daniel and Joseph. I loved Daniel immediately–Mara’s relationship with him was wonderful–but I was confused about Joseph. Did I miss somewhere that mentioned his age? I was really confused on that one. There’s Mara’s best friend at school, Jamie, who didn’t play a huge part in the novel, though I wonder if he’ll be bigger in the next one. And of course, you can’t have a novel with teenagers attending school without having the bitchy girl who hates the lead character. I’m happy to say that with all the characters, despite the size of the role they play in the novel, it was so easy to picture them and hear their voices. The pacing of the novel is excellent–it was a page-turner for me and not once was I bored while reading it. Something just kept happening, whether it was something that confused me, shattered me, or made me swoon. Yes, Mara Dyer made me swoon. Full of suspense, mystery, and romance, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is destined to be a sure hit with the YA crowd–I barely made it through the first few chapters before I was declaring my love for it. I look forward to seeing what else Michelle Hodkins has to offer.
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :0) I don'y have much to say except that this book was AWESOME, it was sooo good I highly recommend it. I thought the storyline was great and super interesting, it had a creepy side to everything and a great love story which is something I always look for. I'm sure I don't have to mention this but how cute is Noah ( sigh ) he was just so sweet. Overall this book was awesome and I can't wait till the sequel comes out. :0)
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Quite honestly, I have wanted to read this books for months but really had no idea why. I do love the cover and of course, that is what initially drew me in. But there was something about the synopsis that grabbed my attention enough to make me purchase the book. Even after the reviews started coming in (I didn't read them, but took a look at the ratings), I really still had no idea just what this book was about. Nevertheless, I am glad that I picked it up because it was phenomenal. It really didn't matter that I didn't have a basic understanding of what the novel was about when I began reading it. The writing is so well done that it just sucks you in. I actually think I enjoyed the book more not knowing as it allowed me the opportunity to just read and not compare it to other books. It didn't lower my expectations for the book, but it did allow me to look read and approach it with an untainted outlook. The interactions between characters was spot on. Michelle Hodkin managed to give everyone their own personalities and that came across clearly in both situations and dialogue. Conflicted and confused Mara, confident and endearing Noah, loyal and smart Daniel, mischievous and outspoken Jamie all added depth to the story. The interaction between Mara and Noah is really kind of epic. The book itself is quite large at close to 500 pages. I think it's one of the larger YA titles I have read in the past year. Having said that, those 500 pages go by like a breeze. I got through this book in just over two hours because I just couldn't put it down and of course now I am eagerly anticipating the follow up which probably won't come out until next year some time! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a fabulous read with enough suspense, mystery and romance to keep the reading turning page after page.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better to wait for soft cover I didn't dislike The Becoming of Mara Dyer. But I was far from loving it. I think I have the same reaction to it as I did Hourglass, which I also gave three stars. So many people that reviewed the book negatively said a major problem was Noah's crude humour throughout the novel. Have I just been too desensitised to notice? I found it entertaining, not gross or horrible. And that worries me a little bit. At least one thing bothered me a lot about Noah: he smokes. I hate smoking. Period. And Michelle Hodkin glamorized it! Are you for real? We're living in a world where people are dying every day from lung and skin and stomach cancer... and she's making it seem sexy? Ugh, that is wrong. Hmm, where to go from here? The plot. Just. Plain. Confusing. Between the PTSD, the flashbacks, the hallucinations, and reality, I would be in the middle of a chapter and suddenly not understand what just happened. Most of the confusion was mostly explained away by the end, but I didn't like it. I know it's supposed to be "mysterious", but not being able to follow the general flow of the plot was not fun. And I consider myself a decent reader. What did I like about it? Daniel. And Mara's little brother. Can't remember his name. Jonah? Maybe. They were typical siblings and I have a soft spot for siblings, being one of four. And yeah, I did like the tension between Mara and Noah. And the cover. Why wasn't the book as good as the cover? I wanted to read something really dark and edgy and cool. All I got was a moody, confusing narrator (who could at least take a sexually charged suggestion and throw it right back) and a huge freaking cliffhanger of an ending.
Date published: 2011-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll lose yourself in this book! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is simply a book that needs to be read to be understood. I can't even explain the mind boggling craziness that goes on because it deserves to be left unspoiled. Move this all the way up your to-read list, preorder it, and get ready to lose yourself in this book. Super-freaking-fantastic debut, highly recommended. ~~~ The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one of those books that should be kept under wraps, completely spoiler free, so that readers have no idea what to expect when they read it. Given the blurb, I myself wasn't sure what to expect but it was not what ended up happening. I'd only read one review prior to reading it, courtesy of Melissa @ i swim for oceans, and it was overflowing with praise but didn't give me much about the story. I was intrigued!! We open with Mara waking up in a hospital bed. She was involved in an accident that killed three of her friends but left her unscathed. Her mom, a psychologist, and dad, worried for her mental well being, move the family to Florida where they can start fresh and move beyond Mara's frightening past. Except, the past doesn't seem to fade easily. This is where things start to get hazy, and the term 'psychological thriller' become very apparent. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that Mara went through a very traumatic event, and the brain's way of protecting itself can result in very disturbing situations. The characters in Mara were so easy to like. Mara, first of all, is awesome. She's so sarcastic and witty and her interactions with Noah and her older brother Daniel are hilarious. Even her swearing was great because it came across so naturally, and she seemed like such a real teenager, one I'd probably love to have as a friend. Her life is kind of messed up and she's terrified of what she's going through but you really get the sense that her priorities lie with her family and keeping them safe and happy. And Noah. *Swoon*. It becomes clear as soon as he's introduced that he's *that guy* at school. Mara immediately hates him. But she's totally attracted to him too. He's got a British accent! Just imagining everything he said in an accent was making me smile like an idiot while reading. The whole love-hate relationship between them was exciting and the fact that Noah suddenly took an interest in Mara at first glance will have you questioning his motives the entire story. Not to mention that he's also got a lot more going on than his good looks and killer accent. The mystery in here is insane. It's crazy intense and thrilling and full of twists and turns so sharp you have absolutely no clue where you're headed next. Half the time I had no idea what was happening but damn it if I wasn't glued to the page like a zombie following along as best I could, shocked at what I was reading. Just when I thought I was sure of something, a page later I was questioning myself, becoming as confused and paranoid as Mara. I had envisioned a possible story ending that seemed to fit the puzzle in my head, but I was nowhere close lol. I'll be honest in saying I wasn't completely on board with the explanation but I am so so looking forward to how it will play out. And the ending...THE ENDING. Oh man. When's book 2 coming out?! Original review on my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-unbecoming-of-mara-dyer-by.html
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Potential, but Didn't Live Up to Expectations I've always been wary of reading books with this much hype. I think that's why I'm so glad I read The Hunger Games (and watched the movie Inception, for that matter), without having heard anything about either of them. Instead of going into it expecting something amazing, I was pleasantly surprised. The same cannot be said of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Ever since the cover was revealed, I was SUPER excited to read this book. I mean, just look at it! It's gorgeous! Not to mention the fact that some really great authors provided quotes of praise, and all the advanced reviews I'd read toted it as the greatest book ever. So yeah, it was overhyped. And it just didn't meet my expectations. This novel started with great potential. Creepy Ouija board scene--check. Unexplained memories/flashbacks, things Mara can't explain, mysterious faces that aren't hers in the mirror--check. Grade-A writing with a few choice lines that I have to admit were really funny--check. But about halfway through the book I started asking myself where this was going. Why certain things were happening that seemed to have absolutely no relevance to the plot. Why did Anna have to hate Mara on sight? Why did there HAVE to be a bad-boy-that's-not-actually-so-bad? (And don't think that that's a spoiler--you can spot it coming a mile away). Why, oh why, does Hodkin actually have to POINT OUT the fact that Mara has a "token Jewish black bi friend?" I don't want to give anything away, but what I will say is that I'm also not pleased with the way this novel was shelved on the Chapters Indigo website. It was listed as "fiction"--just plain teen fiction--when clearly it should have been under "paranormal romance" or, at the very least, "teen horror." Something like that. I mean, just because you're not talking about vampires/werewolves/fallen angels/demon-hunters, does not make your novel much different than the books that are. Mara had great potential in the beginning, and...the stuff that was going on with her WAS different, but so many of her choices and emotions just didn't make sense that I honestly couldn't believe it. All in all, I think I MAY have liked the book better if I hadn't heard anything about it. At the very least I wouldn't be feeling as let-down as I do now. I can't deny that this is the most beautiful cover of the year, possibly EVER, and that the first couple of chapters were GREAT, but by the end there were too many plots that just didn't feel like they were fitting together, too many loose ends and things that were never explained (even for the first in a series), and Noah--Noah just ruined it. I'm hoping that Michelle Hodkin pulls this thing together for the next book, because I really wanted to like Mara Dyer. Maybe she's just really, really insane, and Noah was a figment of her imagination. As was Anna. And her other friend (I forget his name). God, I hope so.... All I know is that next time a book is this hyped, I'll take it out from the library first.
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tip of The Iceburg. First I'd like to say that Ouja boards freak me the f*ck out, so after reading the opening scene I knew this book would have a lot of freaky scenes. The book definitely started out really good, I was hooked from the beginning. The fact that Mara couldn't remember the accident that killed her friends and left her unharmed was weird. Then things got even stranger when impossible (and just sick) things started happening to Mara. I wasn't sure if these things were real or if Mara was actually crazy. For a book that's so long I feel like not much happened. Most of the important stuff happened near the end in a cliff hanger...so we'll have to wait for the next book to see what happens. Mara's little brother Jaime is prabably my favourite character. He's f*cking hilarious...he says the most rnadom stuff. I especially love his scenes with Noah. Overall I liked this book. I wish the loose ends had been tied up, but that's to be expected...I think the second book has a lot of potential now that Mara and Noah are figuring things out. I think this book is the tip of the iceburg and the author hasn't even touched on what's to come. I have a feeling the next couple books will kill.
Date published: 2011-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; AMAZING! "the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" isn't just a YA novel; but an inspiration and a thesaurus bounded by its perfection and a beautiful cover. It all started with the beautiful cover, then the vague, yet intriguing summary/ introduction, to the beautiful flow of words and plot and the heart-wrenching part where the book comes to an end (a total "WTF?! moment") that all combined up to create a wonderful book that will literally have you wanting for more and anticipating for the sequel. Michelle Hodkin will go places with her witt and talent clearly displayed through the pages of the book. I absolutely recommend each and everyone of you to buy your own copy of this book. Personal note (irrelevant to the story but a thank you to Michelle Hodkins): I am a sixteen year old aspiring YA author and someday, if I ever have the courage to let others read my work, I will mention Michelle Hodkins and thank her for being one of my inspirations along with Cassandra Clare, Becca Fitzpatrick, Courtney Allison Moulton, J.K. Rowling and plenty more.
Date published: 2011-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Amazing!!!! Review first posted at: http://unautrehistoire.blogspot.com/ WOW!! That's what I have to say. This is not going to be a long review, there are millions out there already raving about this book. But I NEED to share my love for this novel. I knew The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was going to be good, I just wasn't expecting this good. I am stunned that this is Michelle Hodkin's first novel. The writing style is excellent, the plot is insane, the characters are complex. It was incredible. Mara Dyer is a 16 year girl who has suffered a terrible accident. She is the sole survivor of a collapsed building that killed three of her friends- one of them being her best friend Rachel and her boyfriend Jude. Having survived this tragedy, Mara and her family leave the town they were living in, to make a new start. But, it's not a new start Mara gets. Soon after, Mara begins having hallucinations involving her dead friends. She begins seeing things, and hearing voices, and things die when she wills them to. Freaky eh? Yeah. I found myself yelling asking, "what the heck is going on?" so many times, while reading this story. There were twists and turns everywhere. It was a wild ride and I loved every minute of it. I think that I am generally pretty good at figuring out what's going on in a book. Plot twists and cliff hangers aren't usually that exciting or shocking to me. This was not the case in Mara Dyer, I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on with Mara, I didn't know what she was. The paranormal aspect I couldn't figure out; is she a witch? is she a ghost? I have no idea. Also, that end totally floored me. I was not expecting it at all. Not. At. All. However, I was reading an ARC, and I have heard that the end is a little different in the finished version. Regardless it was crazy. If you want an amazing read. That will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is it. It is a fantastic read that will not disappoint.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books of the year! OH MY LORD! It's been such a long time since I read a book that made me sweat ice. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was a twist, after a twist, after a twist. It was a never-ending snow ball that kept growing and growing beyond the laws of physics and now, after turning the last page, I find myself feeling the aftermath of such overwhelming read. Michelle Hodkin has a gift. She must has it because I cannot think of any other reason that could justify my obsession towards this book. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trapped me into its pages since I first touched it and it released me, merely, a few minutes ago. Mara Dyer has a power on its own and it is impossible to look away from the psychedelic word we see through Mara`s eyes. Once you are in, there is no turning back. Now, I am breathless. This book raced my heart and then stopped it without advice. I couldn` t breath. Mara gave me no pause to steady myself. She was merciless. I felt incertitude during this whole read and it was terrifying! It never stopped and the confusion kept growing and growing to the point that I couldn't let myself predict anything in this book because every time I did it, I was wrong. The plot was fascinating. Michelle Hodkin highly surprised me with this reinvigorating story and captivating characters! Oh! the characters! Mara, my dear Mara, I couldn`t stop worrying about you. I felt for you, for your trauma, for your troubles, for your hurt, for you and entirely you. I wished I could have done something for you. I wished I could have suddenly jumped into the page and let you know that I was there with you, for you. And oh! Noah! you are one of a kind and, contrary to Mara, I so strongly wished you could have defeated fiction and conquered reality. I wished you could have come out of that book. There are many other characters that enhance the world of Mara Dyer. I loved the complicity between Mara and her brother Daniel. He is such a strong moral support her and even if Mara doesn`t realize it, Daniel isn`t only her brother, he is her friend. I also loved the fact that Hodkin portrayed with realism (according to me) the behavior of Mara`s mother. Anna and Aiden... well, they are there to be hated, and I do! and Jamie... what happened to you? I sincerely can't stop thinking about the ending. Oh My Lord! The crucial moment when everything fall into place. I was shaking and oxygen suddenly felt thick and heavy in my lungs. It was such a shock and there is so much to reflect about it... so much to learn about it. This, in fact, is the kind of book that leaves you staring into space. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is filled with mystery, suspense, drama, action and a delicious romance! Michelle Hodkin plays with our minds and put us in a place where real and unreal seems to be the same. This is a book you can't pass by. This is, in fact, a must read! and I now have to confess that I love this book! and... I love it to the point of insanity! Originally posted at http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2011-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fab debut novel The Good Stuff Sucks you in and doesn't let go -- I hated putting it down (see I love you kids, I put down a fab book to spend time with you ) Mysterious, spooky, and dark Parents aren't horrendous self absorbed morons (you get extra points just for that) Love interest is a yummy bad boy with an English accent Some nice humour - quirky and a little bit snarky - just what I like Lots of twists and turns and it keeps you on the edge of your seat Love the relationship between Mara and her brothers Love Jamie Did I mention her parents weren't horrendous self absorbed morons- I really have to let this go -- nope not going to I'm old and set in my way Liked all the pop culture references - yes I do know I am a nerd thank you very much Author is a fab storyteller - give you a little bit and than makes you wait with anticipation The Not so Good Stuff Was a wee bit confused near the end with what was going on If there is a sequel than the ending was good if not - Michelle Hodkin I will hunt you down and make you (not really but I'd be pissed if that was the final ending to the story) WTF with the everglades and the leeches - yeah really didn't like those parts Favorite Quotes/Passages "I decided not to tell her about my little adventure today; if she watched me any closer, she'd turn into the Eye of Sauron" "So A-holes aside, how's your first week?" Oh, you know. Saw a dead guy. Losing my mind. Same Old. "Not too bad." "I gracelessly darted into the crowd and only narrowly avoided being elbowed in the face by a girl attired in what could only be described as "slutty Gryffindor" apparel. So wrong." Who should/shouldn't read This one is good for both YA and adults I would say probably 14+ due to violence and sexuality -- but that is just a suggestion, nothing a more mature 12/13 yr old couldn't handle Not for those who like a light read, you have to be paying attention Kelley Armstrong fans will enjoy 4.25 Dewey's I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2011-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic debut! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is simply a book that needs to be read to be understood. I can't even explain the mind boggling craziness that goes on because it deserves to be left unspoiled. Move this all the way up your to-read list, preorder it, and get ready to lose yourself in this book. Super-freaking-fantastic debut, highly recommended. ~~~ The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one of those books that should be kept under wraps, completely spoiler free, so that readers have no idea what to expect when they read it. Given the blurb, I myself wasn't sure what to expect but it was not what ended up happening. I'd only read one review prior to reading it, courtesy of Melissa @ i swim for oceans, and it was overflowing with praise but didn't give me much about the story. I was intrigued!! We open with Mara waking up in a hospital bed. She was involved in an accident that killed three of her friends but left her unscathed. Her mom, a psychologist, and dad, worried for her mental well being, move the family to Florida where they can start fresh and move beyond Mara's frightening past. Except, the past doesn't seem to fade easily. This is where things start to get hazy, and the term 'psychological thriller' become very apparent. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that Mara went through a very traumatic event, and the brain's way of protecting itself can result in very disturbing situations. The characters in Mara were so easy to like. Mara, first of all, is awesome. She's so sarcastic and witty and her interactions with Noah and her older brother Daniel are hilarious. Even her swearing was great because it came across so naturally, and she seemed like such a real teenager, one I'd probably love to have as a friend. Her life is kind of messed up and she's terrified of what she's going through but you really get the sense that her priorities lie with her family and keeping them safe and happy. And Noah. *Swoon*. It becomes clear as soon as he's introduced that he's *that guy* at school. Mara immediately hates him. But she's totally attracted to him too. He's got a British accent! Just imagining everything he said in an accent was making me smile like an idiot while reading. The whole love-hate relationship between them was exciting and the fact that Noah suddenly took an interest in Mara at first glance will have you questioning his motives the entire story. Not to mention that he's also got a lot more going on than his good looks and killer accent. The mystery in here is insane. It's crazy intense and thrilling and full of twists and turns so sharp you have absolutely no clue where you're headed next. Half the time I had no idea what was happening but damn it if I wasn't glued to the page like a zombie following along as best I could, shocked at what I was reading. Just when I thought I was sure of something, a page later I was questioning myself, becoming as confused and paranoid as Mara. I had envisioned a possible story ending that seemed to fit the puzzle in my head, but I was nowhere close lol. I'll be honest in saying I wasn't completely on board with the explanation but I am so so looking forward to how it will play out. And the ending...THE ENDING. Oh man. When's book 2 coming out?! Review also here: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-unbecoming-of-mara-dyer-by.html
Date published: 2011-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful Psychological Thriller! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is undoubtedly one of the most hyped books of the year... and ever since the unveiling of its gorgeous cover, it has become one of my own most anticipated. The premise of the novel has been very hush hush, wrapped in secrecy with the sole purpose of taunting readers to open its pages. I began reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer knowing only the vague details and it made my reading experience all the more enjoyable! As the twists and turns build up, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew. The developing romance between swoon-worthy Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer, while sweet to see unfold, was surprisingly not even the main highlight for me. It was the utter skill of Michelle Hodkin to weave an engrossing tale that left me constantly guessing what would happen next as she carefully left breadcrumbs for us to follow. And by the time I reached the final pages, I didn't think my eyes could grow any wider at the shocking discovery Mara had uncovered... or that the events would leave me so anxiously awaiting the second novel. It can. Mara and her family have recently moved to Miami, hoping to create a fresh start after the tragic accident that killed Mara's boyfriend and her friends. Her parents and brothers are completely supportive and would do anything to comfort Mara, but they're also still incredibly worried and protective because she hasn't been the same since that ill-fateful night. Mara is still reeling from the loss, trying to remember what had happened... and only knowing with growing suspicion there might be more to that night which her shattered memories are letting on. There is. Michelle Hodkin has made an amazing debut with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! Suspenseful and mysterious, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a brilliant psychological thriller that will leave you breathlessly turning the pages. I didn't think it could possibly live up to my high expectations but... I was wrong. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/09/unbecoming-of-mara-dyer-by-michelle.html
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful mystery and romance Copy provided by S&S prior to it's on-sale date for review purposes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one big ol' mystery that I couldn't shake off. I couldn't help but love it, reluctantly putting it down and keeping myself from devouring it whole in one sitting, which was very difficult mind you. There's not doubt that this novel has been the talk of the town, receiving praise from early readers and authors. Claims of it's "awesomesauceness" and "epicness" floating every which way, drawing me in closer. Luckily I received a wonderful package from S&S with my very own copy of Mara Dyer, though the printing was a little..odd. (It was actually printed with the cover upside down and the pages starting from right to left, so I sorta had to read it like a Japanese graphic novel..but that added fun and excitement to the reading experience.) Mara's hallucinations gave me the most amazing spine tingling and shivering moments ever- I loved it! You never knew what was going on, whether what you were reading was real or imagined, the suspense was killing me. I was on edge throughout the entire novel, whether it be about her hallucinations, the mystery or even the romance. Gosh, I love Noah! I adored reading from Mara's point of view. She was very honest with how she felt, sweet and very down to earth, all attributes of a character anyone would enjoy reading. Noah is, by far, one of the only few male characters that I have loved. He was kind, honest, adventurous and quirky. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer certainly is a hefty novel, nearing 500 pages, though I couldn't help shaking off the fact that there just wasn't enough! The pace and movement in the novel went by extremely quickly despite it's length, which I found very saddening. You're in the grove one minute, enjoying it for all it's worth and then...BAM...it's over. Sigh. I demand more immediately, Michelle! Readers with a weak spot for romance, the supernatural and mystery will want to check out The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer ASAP.
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of 2011 There are no words to describe how Amazing this book was to read! I just loved it from beginning to end, I loved all the character's Hodkin creates , especially the beautiful Noah Shaw, whom will make you all nervous when you read this. It is a must read for all those who, enjoy suspense and mystery and of course some romance! This is by far my favorite book, I was just in love with the whole novel. Before Mara moved to her new town after the death of her best friends and boyfriend (Rachel, Claire and Jude) Their death happened suddenly one night. Mara wakes up the next few days, in the hospital, not knowing anything that happened to her. Mara and her whole entire family move away from this because Mara is having an difficult time with all the memories + the funerals. A month later they start at a new school, where we meet the handsome, gorgeous Noah! Noah from the beginning makes your heart flutter, makes you nervous, as he tries to get Mara's attention because he knows that she is different than all the other girls he was with in the past. We learn new things about each one of them along the way as they start to both develop feelings for each other. This is the first book in the series. I loved Mara, her family, and most of all Noah due to the fact that Mara and Noah belong together. What a cliff hanger ending, it left me wanting more! It was just one surprise after another when reading about Mara and Noah! This book will leave you speechless at the end, because I know I was. I cant wait until the next book! Michelle Hodkin is brilliant with bringing suspense and romance into her first debut novel! This book will be a hit amongst the book stores! I have already pre-ordered mine which I cant wait to put on my shelves:) Expect great things from Michelle Hodkin, she will be one of the authors to surprise all her readers. Best book of 2011 for sure, a must read.
Date published: 2011-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great debut novel I really enjoyed this book, even though I wasn’t thrilled about how it ended. I can’t believe it’s a debut novel! Hodkin writes suspense really well, and left me eager for clues to Mara’s past. Mara herself was a great character. Her mental instability, conflicted feelings about boys and loyalty to her family were portrayed beautifully. I especially enjoyed her struggle with being diagnosed as mentally ill. The dialogue between Mara and Jamie was more compelling for me than that between her and Noah. It was blunt, sarcastic and fresh. Hodkin did a fantastic job at describing the roguish appeal of the bad-boy archetype, and I have no doubt many fan girls will fall for him. This book is great for anyone who likes a combination of suspense and romance. *Spoiler Alert* *Spoiler Alert* *Spoiler Alert* *Spoiler Alert* I think that it would have been more successful for me and a brave move in the current book market to leave out the supernatural part. I think the book would stay with me longer if there were no supernatural powers. I think if she had suspected powers and discovered it was madness it would have been a sharper ending. That’s just me though and the real ending was acceptable.
Date published: 2011-07-14

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: October 23, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442421770

ISBN - 13: 9781442421776

About the Book

Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.

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Chapter 1

From the Publisher

Mara Dyer doesn’t know if she is crazy or haunted—all she knows is that everyone around her is dying in this suspenseful and “strong, inventive tale” (Kirkus Reviews).

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.
     After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
     This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

About the Author

Michelle Hodkin is an American YA author. She grew up in South Florida, went to college in New York, and attended law school in Michigan. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was her first novel, and the initial book in The Mara Dyer Trilogy. The subsequent volumes in the series are; The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

Editorial Reviews

"It's the story of a girl trying to piece together what happened the night she, her best friend, her boyfriend and his sister spent the night in an abandoned asylum and only she survived, unscathed but traumatized…And it's the story of a girl falling in love…Be careful, 'cause you'll fall right along with her."

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