Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Ok, so let's get to the point: I have an audition in like five minutes so anything I say in these next couple of paragraphs is simply a figment of my erratic, completely nervous imagination. I'm trying to get my mind off of it, but I think talking about it makes it worse. 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.
After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
This book made me feel like I was going in-sane. Wow. I don't think I'd ever felt so literally crazy whilst reading a book. Everything was muddled together, making me wonder whether or not every single thing that happened to Mara was real or apart of her imagination.
Oh, and that little tidbit that serves as a prologue in the beginning? Well, it said that her lawyer made her choose a new name. There was not mentioned ever again, which made me sad. Her family called her Mara, her friends in her memories called her Mara as well. I think if your freinds were all killed in an accident, that wouldn't qualify a need to change your name. Especially if, to the government, you were innocent.
This book also made me mad because it has a huge cliffhanger. Like, middle of the climax, cliffhanger. Ugh, emotions.
The male lead was just perfect. I really liked how brash he was, considering most YA protagonists are just completely average. Most. (WARNER.) Anyway, I felt like he was a breath of fresh air after the insanities that were frequently occurring. I felt like he was just enough cliché to make me appeased.
Anyway, I really liked this book. I can't wait to read the next book, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Over and out,
P.S. I had my audition. It was better than I expected.