Reading level: Young AdultOk, what?? Wait....WHAT???? Can someone please explain to me what I just read because my mind has been scrambled by this book.
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (September 27, 2011)
Author's Website: MichelleHodkin.com
Buy the book: Amazon
Mara Dyer doesn't believe 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 strangely unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
I just don’t even know what to think about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I spent the entire time reading it, trying to figure out what on earth was going on, my mind was spinning the entire time, trying to put together the pieces, and now that I’m finished, I still don’t know. But what makes me really crazy is….I still loved it. How could Michelle Hodkins do this to me? I don’t think I’ve ever been so tormented by a book before in my life!
Ok, so I loved the writing. From the first page I was hooked. No, even before the first page. From the cryptic letter that Mara wrote before the story even started! Michelle’s writing just clicked with me. Mara just clicked with me. Even though she might possibly be insane, I found myself just loving her. She’s smart and witty, and she won’t take crap from anyone.
And, wow, do I love Noah!! Talk about too good to be true (except for the smoking, which is completely gross, and I chose to ignore)! I won’t talk too much about him, because I just really enjoyed finding out about him right along with Mara, but he’s seriously made it to the top of my book-crush list! There have been some comparisons of Noah to Patch from Hush, Hush, but I don’t really see this at all. I mean, I’m seriously anti-Patch, and there are definitely times where I thought he was too arrogant and cocky for his own britches, but the big difference here is Mara. Mara is no Norah. Mara will NOT put up with, or be swayed by his arrogance. It isn’t until Noah shows his true self, his compassionate self, that she begins to fall for him. And really, he is no Patch. Trust me!
I’m not going to say too much about this book because I think it’s best going into it without knowing a whole lot. I think that’s why the summary is so vague. I don’t even really know how to classify the book. Is it a contemporary? A mystery? Paranormal? A ghost story? Is she crazy? Is she “gifted?” Is she a victim? Is she a murderer? Are all of these true? Are none of them true? And holy freaking CLIFFHANGER!! I have been assured by Michelle that she “has a plan” and to trust her. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the next book to get the answers I’m looking for. I just hope I can wait that long without pulling my hair out. Oh, yeah....and there's alligators.
So, overall, amazing writing, compelling story, hard-core MC, a whole lot of "what the cuss?", plot twists and pretzels, completely un-put-downable, but I sure wish there was some resolution, some satisfaction in the end. And I'm afraid I'm going to have to re-read the book before the next one comes out in order to remember all the important details. Michelle also mentioned on Twitter that there would be some significant changes in the finished copy, so I'm interested to see what those are.
- Sexual Content: Moderate/Heavy dialog
- Profanity: Very Heavy
- Violence: Heavy
- Other Notables: Mild