The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Review]

Posted December 17, 2014 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Review]The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on September 27th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 452
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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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.


My Thoughts:
So, I was about halfway through this book and I knew that it was an instant favorite of mine. This could quite easily be my favorite read of the year. Michelle Hodkin’s writing is gorgeous. It’s deliberate. It’s mysterious. It’s lyrical. I absolutely love her writing style and I love how she wrote this book.

Mara Dyer is an unreliable narrator, meaning, she doesn’t know what’s really happening and what’s a dream. At least some times. But, she’s also unreliable for other reasons. Like, do we really know that she’s not making all of this up because she really truly is crazy? Or is she really suffering from PTSD? Things like this, the reader questions. But even after all of the questioning, I still love Mara as the main character. I still feel for her. I still believe her. And I’m not sure if that is going to bite me in the ass later, or what. But I at least WANT to believe her. And as of right now, I think I do. But we’ll see when I finish the series. But what I’m getting at is that I can relate to her. I’ve had my crazy moments. Hell, my boyfriend would tell you that I’m insane every day.

Noah F*cking Shaw. Oh my dear lord. He is by far at the top of my book boyfriends list. I really wish he was not fictional. I want him in my life. I love him. Not only for being the snarky, sexy, British, smart, oh and did I say sexy yet? But I love him in other non-superficial reasons, too. Like, how he doesn’t care about labels. He doesn’t care if people talk about him or don’t talk about him. And he’s protective over Mara. He cares for Mara. It takes her a while to overcome the battle of listening to her classmates. But he does.

Overall, if you haven’t read this book yet? What the hell are you waiting for?! You need to. I feel like I need to shout from the rooftops and tell everyone that they need to read this book. I’m serious. This is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS and I cannot believe that I waited THIS LONG before I read it. Like, I’m pissed I waited so long. I’ve already told all of my reading friends to read this book. I’ve already loaned out my copy. I literally want EVERYONE to read this book.

Wow, maybe I am crazy. 😛

Memorable Quotes:

Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.

“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.”

“I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.
“I guess you nailed me then.”

“You’re supposed to say, ‘All I want is your happiness. I’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means being without you.'”
“Sory,” Noah said. “I’m just not that big of a person.”

“I was warned about you, you know.”
And with that half-smile that wrecked me, Noah said, “But you’re here anyway.”

Let’s talk about it. Did you read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer yet? How did you feel about it? Am I the only crazy one wanting to push this book on everyone?


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