Release Date: September 27, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I truly have no idea where to even start. I’m sure if I just said ‘Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow’ over and over again that it would get my point across just fine, but that might be a little repetitive and inarticulate. I’m going to try to get my very gushing thoughts in order for you guys.
When I opened the pages of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis really doesn’t give you much, and I like it that way. The vague synopsis, the eerie cover, and the fantastic title really set the tone for the book. The overall feel of this book is very different than most YA’s out right now. It’s very dark. You will realize that from the first page. Sometimes it sent shivers up my spine. But it’s also a fantastically done love story that had me aswoon on many occasions. So although I didn’t quite know what to expect, I fell in love with this unique and extremely captivating story very, very early on.
Who is Mara Dyer you may ask. Well, I’m not telling. You will have to find out for yourself, but I will say that she was damaged and she was unreliable because of that. That was a aspect that I absolutely loved! Mara just really wanted to be a normal girl and that made her relatable and realistic. I loved her sense of humor, it reminded me of mine. Mara Dyer is a mystery you will want to figure out. You will love her!
Now for the romance….sigh. Michelle Hodkin is trying to kill us with this romance. Heart attacks and swooning will ensue. Noah, Noah, Noah. He is everything you love!I guarantee it! He even has an accent! He’s also a bit of a bad boy with a reputation. He’s just….Whoa. I’m gushing, huh? Let put it into more intelligent sentences. There’s no insta-love. There is a believable, intense, sexy attraction that builds slowly and makes you fall in love right along with the characters. I swooned, I giggled and by the end of it I was head over heels. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was the best romance I have read in a long, long time.
I’m not done! No, there is more to this story than great characters and heart stopping sexy romance. Much more. It’s scary. It’s ‘make the hairs on your arm stand up’ eerie. It’s awesome! There were many times I just had to set the book down for a few moments so I could just take it all in. I died a thousand little deaths from the sheer hotness and awesomeness of this book. It left me speechless and breathless and this review in no way does it justice! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a book I could read over and over, and I probably will.
This is an incredible debut. Michelle Hodkin is an author that everyone will be talking about. This book is the next big thing. I LOVED it! It claimed my favorite book of the year spot before I hit page 50. I will hand sell this if I have to–but I won’t have to. Am I getting my point across? READ IT!