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December 24, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - Juhina

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)Title
Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publication date: September, 27, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal)
Source: Hardback - own
Pages: 452

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.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was so hyped up a couple of months before its release that even I jumped in the wave. Personally I hate having high expectations for a book only to be disappointed, but with a cover like Mara Dyer's how could I go wrong? I'm happy to say while I wasn't wowed by this book, I immensely enjoyed it and I totally got sucked into the mystery and strangeness of Mara's life. 
The book begins with Mara's memory loss and her three friends already killed in an accident she survived. I am a huge fan of books with memory loss, and I love that this is becoming a trend! I was as confused as Mara Dyer and hoping to find answers to the strange happenings surrounding her. It was definitely a thrilling book that kept me on the edge of my seat (or bed). I can even go as far as calling it a little creepy, with memory loss, sudden deaths, and unexplainable events, who wouldn't? 
Mara moves away, starts a new school, and meets new friends, enemies, and Noah. Noah honestly surprised me; While there is a bad boy image, he was so caring and honest to Mara, and any doubts for him was erased. The relationship dynamics in this story are weird and twisted at some points, I honestly found myself so confused with these relationships (Mara and her new friend, her mom, etc) however not all relationships are supposed to be understood in a couple of pages, so I am hoping I get to understand these relationships a bit more in the second book in this series. 

A thrilling tune, definitely on my playlist


  1. You know I didn't like this book in the beginning but by the ending I was hooked. This was my favorite read of the year for the fact that Michelle pulled off something pretty darn amazing. I love the older teen feel to this one. I love the older teen sarcastic jokes. I loved Jamie. Most importantly that ending did me in lol.

    I'm glad you liked this book, sorry to see you didn't all out love it.

  2. Great review, Juhina! I'm starting this one next after I finish with my current read. Looking forward to it! :P

  3. I definitely have this on my TBR list so I'm glad you enjoyed this!

  4. I'm glad you like it! There were so many things about this book that I was frustrated with, but somehow it was kind of addicting. Great review!

  5. Oh, Love your review!! Thx for tackling it without expectations while enjoying the book, too - loved it! Thx!!

  6. I also had no idea what to think of this book going into it. I think that helped me enjoy it so much better. I loved this one. Noah is....sigh. :)

  7. Great review :)
    I fell in love with the dark atmosphere and characters Hodkin constructs...but I don't like cliffhangers!

  8. Great review. I got this book for my birthday but I haven't read it yet. Can't wait!

  9. This has to be one of the most hyped books of the year, as well as one of the most controversial. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to read it. Once I started it, if I could have read this book straight through, I would have. It's that engrossing, and when I was reading, all I cared about was figuring out the question we've all seen: Who is Mara Dyer?