Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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.

I thought Mara's disclaimer, at the beginning, was awesome! I was pulled right in. I wanted to know about her "body count" and why the lawyer said change your name, and what high school student needs a lawyer?!

Something that worked really well, that doesn't always in novels, were the flashbacks. They were such teases. They gave the reader and Mara just enough to make us think we were going to get an answer, and then shut the door in our faces. Keeps a person wanting more.

Something that didn't sit well with me, but was rectified, was Noah's change for Mara. He had the rep - love the rep - and then all of a sudden went down the love road and was a one woman USO. However, 2/3s through, Noah tells Mara why he is all about her. I didn't see them being so closely linked. I thought he was just the hott dude in the story.

I feel bad for Mara throughout this whole story. To imagine you killed your best friend. To not know what happened. To burn your arm under piping hot water because you think you lost your mom's earrings but they are stuck in your ear. Then - she starts to see the dead. I honestly wondered if this book was going to end with her being committed.

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