Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

From Goodreads: "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."
 There has been a lot of hype over The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, that is why I found myself putting this book off and off. I just couldn't bring myself to read it in case after all the hype, I didn't like it. I wish I had of read it sooner! This book was actually amazing. 
Michelle Hodkin has created a very unique story that has captivated the Young Adult crowd. There was a great deal of mystery with this book, most of the reviews I have seen didn't go into much detail because they 'couldn't' as it would spoil it. So now it's my turn to try and praise this book without spoilers...

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer... Where to start. Mara has lived an ordinary life, up until her friends die in an accident, of which she is the only survivor. The accident was in a place she was not meant to be, no one is meant to be, and even worse? She can't remember anything about the accident. 

Mara wakes up in hospital with her family around and some nervous looking nurses. Turns out Mara has a killer right hook. How is Mara supposed to go on without her very best and pretty much only friend? She doesn't know. 

Her family moves towns and Mara has to start in a new school, where she surprises herself and makes a new friend, Jamie. She also comes one of the popular boys, Noah, a total 'asscrown.' He just won't leave her alone and she doesn't know why. 

That's all that I will say about the plot, I don't want to give any of the good bits away! I will say a bit about the characters though.

Mara has been in a slump since the accident. She is very confused about the accident and has become pretty depressed. There is just so much going on in her head sometimes it's hard to concentrate. There are times when we as the reader are confused as Mara herself is confused. Mara is a great female lead to this story and Michelle Hodkin has portrayed her very well. 

Noah, dreamy dreamy Noah. He comes off as a bit of an 'asscrown' at the start, he won't leave Mara alone. As the story progresses though, Noah becomes so much more than an 'asscrown,' he becomes Mara's salvation. He cares for Mara, more than he has cared for other girls. He is just an all round amazing love interest. 

With many twists and turns, Michelle Hodkin has created a remarkably unique story that is both intriguing and thrilling. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will have you guessing right up to the last page. 

What did you think of this one? 

Happy reading!
- Amy


  1. I feel like you read this AGEEEESSSS ago! So YAY for a review :D I need to read this! And 'asscrown', that is an awesome word. I love that word ahahha!
    Great review :)

    1. I did read it ages ago! I have been trying to write reviews in advance to posting them so I don't wind up with no reviews to post if I have a reading slump! 'Asscrown' was a personal favourite of mine too :P

  2. Great review Amy. This one was really disappointing for me I was expecting a better reason for her "powers" than simply being.. well.. powers O_O haha. Glad you enjoyed it though!

  3. I do want to read this though I also have mixed feelings about it. Thanks for the review!

  4. Yay, so glad you liked it!. It's a unique read, isn't it?! Great review. :D

  5. I'm like you - there's so much hype surrounding this book that I'm a bit scared of going into it. I'm waiting for the paperback release of it now, since it's so close, but I do want to reaad it.

    I've dropped by to let you know that I've tagged you. It's a little hard to explain in a comment, but if you check the post you'll see.

    1. Hype can make reading a book scary. I put off reading this for so long and I wish I hadn't! I will go check out your post now :)

    I LOVE this one, and I KNOW the hype has been overwhelming, but oh my goodness, now you know WHY, right? EPICNESS! I loved how twisted and confusing it was, how you couldn't tell up from down, or what was going on. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    ♥ your review, toO!!

    1. Thanks Sarah!! I was so nervous to read it, I didn't want to be dissapointed! I completely understand it all now though. I felt I was on a roller coaster ride in the dark!


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