Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442421762
Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2

Mara Dyer doesn't believe 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 strangely unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

If there ever is a book jacket that draws you to it and leaves you in awe then The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is that quintessential cover. One look and you know that your in for a reading experience unlike any other. The promise of a haunting mystery, romance and spine chilling suspense beacons you to seize and devour it quickly.

The mystery shrouding this novel is what drew me to it and so I feel compelled to try and be good and hopefully not reveal very much so that the individual reader can experience this novel as I have. From the beginning of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer you realize that their is a major mystery that the main character is trying to figure out. Her family has uprooted themselves and moved to another location so that Mara could have a chance at a "normal" life after the bizarre and mysterious deaths of her best friends. Yet, as she tries to acclimate to her new surroundings she cannot seem to escape the nightmares and visions that seem to haunt her. This all leads to the air of confusion and fear that places you in squarely Mara's head, and let me tell you it is not a fun place to be.

Unfortunately freaky visions are not the only thing that Mara has to contend with, as she realizes that being the new kid in school is a war zone for her mind and her heart. Soon, she meets Noah aka douchebag extrodinaire, at least that is what she is lead to believe, and he does live up to his namesake on some ocassions but even that takes on a mysterious turn that leaves me more than a bit confused. As you can see there is a running theme of confusion to this story, but just wait until you get to the gators and then you will be WTF just happened? And then you get to the last page of this story and will be...WHAT WHAT??

While I do appreciate the tension and moments of book gripping intensity I was left a bit unsatisfied by some of the plot breaches that I could not get around, and some loose ends that seem unresolved or is that part of some master plan? I am not sure. I know that the ending was something to watch out for (many told me that it would blow my mind) but after taking a few days after reading this book then coming back to it, I came up to the same conclusion. What does it all mean??? Cliffhangers drive me insane.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is worth picking up to read, it is a fine debut effort but it will leave you perplexed at best.


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