Overall: 3.5/5 stars
Characters: 3/5 stars
Setting: 2.5/5 stars
Plot/Themes: 2.5/5 stars
“You want me as much as I want you. And all I want is you.”
My tongue warred with my mind. “Today,” I whispered.
Noah stood slowly, his body skimming mine as he rose. “Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever.”
― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.–summary by Simon and Schuster
I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I can’t count how many times I have passed it in Barnes and Noble.
The cover was intriguing. Without even reading the summary, the book seemed interesting. I finally found this book at the library and decided to give it a try.
Let’s just say I was disappointed.
The first few pages were amazing. She wakes up in the hospital and has no memories of the accident.. She has to learn why her friends were dead. There were details not given, and it was addicting in the first few chapters.
The plot took a disappointing turn. She moves away, goes to a new school and meets a hot guy who is somehow interested in her. It was very cliche and difficult to read. I am wondering if this author is trying to make a paranormal Twilight.
At the same time, she is suffering from hallucinations and PTSD. She thinks she’s crazy and people were dying around her. There were a few scary scenes in this book that made me keep reading. This book seemed like it was supposed to be a scary, paranormal read. It was not.
This part of the plot was extremely undeveloped. There was almost no development in her “supernatural powers.” I really thought I was reading a high school romance for most of the book. When there was the big reveal of her powers, it was so random that it did not make sense. I don’t understand what the powers entail, and the last half of the book left me confused.
Mara was an interesting character.
The beginning of the book made me think she was the villain of the story. She was the only survivor in the accident, which made her a suspect in her friend’s deaths. People are dying around her, and she thinks she’s crazy.
Let’s talk about the main love interest Noah. He is the typical “bad boy” and is mysterious. All the girls love him, but he somehow loves Mara. Because of this, all the girls hate her and her only friend is Jamie.
Jamie was underdeveloped. He served two purposes. Be the emotion outlet for Mara, and be the “diverse” character in this book. Once he fills these roles, he is thrown out of the story. Literally. He gets expelled from school and is never seen again. His expelliment was random and unnecessary. It added nothing to the story and was really weird.
Back to Noah.
Noah was infamous for sleeping around. He never had committed relationships until he met Mara. She is supposedly different from the rest of the girls and he soon falls head over heels in love. They ended up not kissing until the very end of the book, which was frustrating. He thinks they have an “unexplainable pull” towards each other.
In conclusion, I think this book is more for fans of cliche high school romances than paranormal.
I wish the supernatural powers of both characters were more developed. There was no plot in this book. I did not really connect with the characters, and the paranormal aspect was underwhelming. This is a trilogy, so the book ended on a cliffhanger. I honestly do not know if I will read the sequel.
It makes me sad I did not like this book. It truly was an interesting concept, but I do not think it was executed well. For fans of romance like Twilight, this is a good book for you. But if you like paranormal, not so much.
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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Overall: 3.5/5 stars Characters: 3/5 stars Setting: 2.5/5 stars Writing: 3.5/stars Plot/Themes: 2.5/5 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.
Author: Michelle Hodkin