The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Paranormal Fantasy)

the-unbecoming-of-mara-dyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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.


–S&S–

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the story of a teenager during (in flashbacks) and after a building collapses on her and her friends. She’s the only survivor. She can’t remember any of it. All she knows is her life is falling apart around her, and she’s hallucinating. Little does she know, the hallucinations are just the beginning. Then there’s trying to start over. We all know how well that works out. 4 Star Rated The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Review

I liked the idea behind The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer a lot more than I liked the book itself. I was actually completely sucked in by the story until a certain revelation scene  near the end. At that point, I was tossed rudely out of the story. Ended up thumping my head on my desk in exasperation. I should have figured it would go the way it did, but I didn’t. I think I’d like to see a darker version of this book. The potential is there for it to be deliciously twisted and creepy. Instead it segues from a great beginning to this sort of typical courted-by-a-rich-boy and oh look, rich boy has problems too.

There were a lot of cliche elements. The super rich clique-y school. The mean girl, the muscular jock, that set out to make the new girl’s life miserable. Perfect Noah. PERFECT Noah. Why do I say perfect Noah? Because Mara makes it very clear that Noah is perfect. Of course, that’s when she’s not making it clear that he obviously must be screwing with her head or something. Plus, everyone is loaded. Everyone except her. But considering her dad is a lawyer and her mom is a doctor, this “everyone but her” thing doesn’t make any sense at all.

Still, its refreshing to read a paranormal fantasy that isn’t laden with vampires or werewolves. It’s nice to see a character give in and actually get (albeit unwillingly at first) professional help for her mental imbalances.  I liked that things didn’t immediately get better, either. There was no quick fix in this book.

I loved Mara’s family. Genuinely adored them, especially her older brother and her mother. Now, the father and the younger brother are bit pieces, so they’re cute but unnecessary. However, her older brother is such a good, caring guy. I want him as my older brother, y’know? He takes care of Mara. He doesn’t always make the right choices, but the fact that he’s doing his best for his little sister is evident. I also liked Jamie. He’s a genuinely good guy, bit of a nerd, and lovable. Dude is the type of friend you’d want in your corner any day of the week, because he has no ulterior motivations like wanting to get in Mara’s pants. He’s just awesome. I got genuinely ticked off with what happened to him.

Overall, considering the age range this book is intended for, it’s not a bad read at all. It’s entertaining enough that I’ve requested the second book in the series from my local library. I want to see the author push her limits a bit. Go deeper into the dark, and step away from some of the cliches.  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an excellent beginning. I hope the rest of the series turn into just flat out excellent books.

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Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer | Series: Mara Dyer #1 | Author: Michelle Hodkin (site) | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Pub. Date: 2011-9-27 | Pages: 452 | ISBN13: 9781442421776 | Genres: Paranormal Fantasy & Young Adult | Language: English | Triggers: Teen Death | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Library | Cover, quotes, etc are all used for review purposes only and belong to their respective owners/creators.