Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Review

"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."

What is going on with Mara Dyer?

No matter where she goes, death follows her. Her three friends (Jude, Rachel, and Claire) died in a freak accident that spared Mara. She has PTSD. She is going crazy, seeing things that aren't there and hallucinating. Her family treats her like a fragile doll ready to break. She meets a handsome boy named Noah, who is perhaps one of the only positives left in her life. 

But it gets a whole lot worse. Death keeps on stalking her, touching those Mara hates with an absolute and frightening vengeance. No matter where she runs, she can't escape. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a haunting and freakishly scary tale of a girl whose voice is silenced by those who don't believe her. Is Mara Dyer truly insane? Or is there something much more to her? (Intriguing, isn't it?)

Mara isn't exactly the most reliable character. Her mind plays tricks on her after the mysterious building collapse that killed her three friends, and she has hallucinations and visions. No one believes what she says, and she is a particular girl who finds friendship with two particular and unique guys (Noah and Jamie). 

Jamie is an excellent character, and I have to mention him. This friend of Mara (not boyfriend, I have to add) is unique, interesting, and an absolutely gorgeous character. He is a spirited boy, and out of the many characters in this book, he is the most understandable. 

Noah's sassiness is legendary. His reputation is shady, mostly because the number of bed marks he has according to the rumor mill. Still, he strikes a connection with Mara that is both beautiful and haunting and sad. Mara (who hides her possible insanity and hallucinations) isn't the only one who is hiding something.

The plot is well-paced, and I can't help but breeze through the book and its pages. I gobble all the words up, eager to read some more. (That is why I jumped right into reading the sequel of this book and the conclusion of the entire trilogy. I was so excited about Mara Dyer's adventure.) And the ending? Oh, the cliffhangers are brilliantly crafted and leaves you wanting. 

Overall, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an excellent book that has the right amount of tension and drama. Mara is easily relatable, and Noah's lovely words are full of innuendos. Best recommended for those looking for supernatural. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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