Monday, September 26, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
Pages: 450.
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 is one of those books that messes with your head. In a really, really great way. I'm not sure how authors like Michelle Hodkin or Kelly Creagh (Nevermore) can pull it off, but I never thought I'd be gushing over how much I loved that I had no clue what was going on.

To be honest, I would've loved the book even without all of the mind trickery. I would've loved the book if nothing had happened and it was just Mara and Noah, the gorgeous British bad boy, talking for the whole novel. Michelle Hodkin struck gold with this relationship. I was bouncing between laughing from their banter and awing from their sweetness to fanning myself from their sexual tension. This is such a serious book, but I loved those occasional moments of humor andlightness between the two of them. It added a lot of charm.

And I have to mention that this book gave me the creeps. A lot. Mara's got some pretty cruel things happening around her and Hodkin's haunting writing only amplified the creep factor and the whole mysterious loss of memory and hallucination stuff.

Overall, even the hype monster didn't stand a chance against The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer. Michelle Hodkin's dark debut is edgy, scary, romantic, funny and so much more. You know it's been a good reading experience if you're still thinking of one book while in the middle of another, so I definitely recommend you check this one out!

Other reviews for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer:
Good Books And Good Wine.
Chick Loves Lit.
The Perpetual Page-Turner.
Makeshift Bookmark.


  1. I wanted to read this book before but now, I know I just have to! Great review!

  2. I want to read this so badly but my Library still hasn't purchased a copy and I'm on a book buying ban. :P I LOVE CREEPY BOOKS!!!!! :D

  3. I just bought this and I'm excited to read it. Glad you found it memorable. I am ready for the creep factor - it sounds like a crazy book overall! Awesome review.

  4. I was a little nervous about the hype too. I don't think I loved it as much as everyone else does, but it is a very good book. Great review.

  5. I don't think I've seen a single less-than-love-it review for this book. I love that the synopsis doesn't give away too much of what happens. A little mystery is always great! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Zaira Lynn (CashFund)