The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – REVIEW

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Simon & Schuster, 452 Pages
Sub-genre: Supernatural
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Mara Dyer #1

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.

At the end of May, I was pining for this book. I mean, I wanted this book so bad. Doesn’t it just intrigue you reading this little bit? It certain snagged me. Then I saw it wasn’t coming out until the end of September. I was sad. Then I saw it was at BEA and I thought to myself “WHY, OH WHY am I not there?”. More sadness.

BUT THEN. Oh yes, then. THEN, I was at ALA Annual and there she was. Mara Dyer. And she was mine. I read this book back in July and let me tell you what – I’m STILL wild about it. There is sassiness, snarkiness, love, flirting, MYSTERY, and just a tinge of that teenage angst that makes me so happy.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer follows our protagonist as she tries to understand what happened when she was the sole survivor of a collapsed building. Mara, along with the reader, slowly starts to figure out what exactly happened that night and what’s going on, at the same time as some murders seem to be occurring. This book reminded me very much of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson minus the Sci-Fi aspect.

If you’re looking for a “psychological thriller with a supernatural twist”, this is your go-to Fall book. I woke up at 5AM to get reading in before work if that tells you anything about how AMAZING this book is. Oh and yes, I called dibs on a fictional character and this is my proof.

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