REVIEW: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, Book 1) by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mara Dyer has just moved to Miami following an accident that killed 3 of her closest friends and left her with a wicked case of PTSD. She is the only daughter of fittingly, a psychiatrist mom and a lawyer dad. She has an overachieving but lovable older brother, and a hilariously cute younger brother.
When Mara starts at her new fancy private school, she has enough trouble adjusting without seeing flashbacks of her dead friends. But she keeps seeing them. And eventually, lots of bad things start happening to people around her.
Unexpectedly, Mara finds herself in the clutches of the school’s notorious Lothario, Noah Shaw. Mara and Noah can’t seem to stay away from each other, even though they really should. As it turns out, they need one another to find out the truth about themselves and what they can do.
It is hard to write a review of this book without giving away too much of the plot, but here goes.
I loved almost everything about this book. Mara is more than a little unhinged, and while some might not like that, she’s my kind of crazy. I felt the gamut of emotions she was going through was believable, given what had happened to her.
The plot had plenty of important events to keep it moving nicely forward, and I never felt like any of the text was filler to get from point A to point B. The author revealed just enough mystery throughout the book to keep me turning the pages and enthralled.
The final chapters were spectacular, and it’s not often that the ending of a book leaves me literally dropping my jaw. But this one did. Another reason I know I loved this book: I dreamed about it. I actually dreamed about the characters and an alternate ending. But that’s a tale for another time.
The only things I did not like about this book was that the banter between characters seemed a little too grown up sometimes. And I don’t mean that in a dirty way, I know teenagers will make sex jokes or whatever. I mean the actual words they used were large vocabulary words. I don’t know any teens that speak like that. The other thing I noticed is that at times, I had the feeling that the author was trying more to write a screenplay for a movie, than a book. But luckily, as the book progressed, that feeling passed and I really enjoyed the rest of it.
This book left me thinking about it for a while after I finished it, and that hardly ever happens. But I am hooked, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Mara next.