"The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer"...Becomes Me


Title:  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #1)
Author:  Michelle Hodkin
Format:  Ebook
Length:  464 pages
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Age Range:  Teen
Rating:  4 stars 
 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.    -Goodreads


Did I Do That?
Michelle Hodkin's "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" is paranoid dysfunction at it's best.  This book is a prime example of the reason that passing motorists stop to gawk at car accidents.
1.  There is just so much going on.
2.  You just have to know "wtf happened"?

Mara spends the first half of the book wondering why her friends died and whether or not she was responsible.  While this is happening there is also a cross country move and a new school thrown in for good measure.
Just when one starts to think that things couldn't possibly get any more complex for poor Mara, in come the shrink, the anti-psychotic meds, and the HOT GUY!
Yep, you heard right.
I said, "Mentally unstable girl +really hot (Did I mention that he was rich, English, and prone to stalking?) guy.  
See...car accident, right?

Mr. Too Perfect
Noah...
Rich, cultured perfect, always there, sexy, understanding, and he drives a PRIUS.  Could he get any more perfect? 
Yes!
Does he?
Just keep reading.
As the literary fates would have it; Mr. Perfect is the one true flaw that this story has.  He is too good, too involved, and as his role in the story progresses, too confusing.  Noah in this book is like the MIL that comes to help after a new baby is born.  For the first couple of weeks, she is the best thing since sliced bread.
After the newness has worn off, she has reorganized the house and renamed the baby, you're looking for quick ways to kill her and have asked DH to help you hide the body.
Such is the story with Mr. Noah Shaw.

And...
When you get back to the story of Mara and past the confusion that Noah brings; the story is a good one  that ends with the reader on the edge of a cliff.  This story was so involving that it is very easy to forget that it is only the first in a series.  If this was the first, this reviewer can't wait for more.


Read it and let me know what you think.

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2 comments:

Fairday Morrow said...

What an amazing review! I definitely want to read this book- it sounds fabulous. I love the cover and the summary is terrific. The storyline and characters intrigue me. Wow! This is on my list.

~Jess
http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

Lauren said...

Thanks for the comment on our blog! I love your review! Noah is a hottie-patottie! Oh boy! I'm stoked for the next one to come out.

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