The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin | Book Review

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Pages: 452 paperback
Publication date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  3 out of 5


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.


This book was so confusing, half the time I was reading it it was a struggle to understand if Mara Dyer was talking about a hallucination or reality. 

Mara and her family move to a different city after Mara is in an accident with two of her friends and her boyfriend but she has no memory of it. During the whole book, Mara struggles to remember what happened the night of the accident with the help of her new friend from school Noah, which is sort of her new boyfriend now, as well.

Mara isn't welcomed to the school by her peers, mostly because Noah has befriended her and he's the boy that every girl in school wants to be with. Noah has the title of "bad boy" and rumours have it that he sleeps around. So, when Mara becomes Noah's girlfriend majority of the girls are jealous and want nothing to do with her. An addition to Mara's friend count she has made one more friend, the bi-sexual boy with dreadlocks that doesn't like Noah either for personal reasons.

With the struggle of an unstable Mara and difficulties at school, Noah tries to make her school life better and easier by defending her. Mara continues on having a hard time distinguishing what's reality and a hallucination but she is keen on not telling anybody because she doesn't want to be hospitalized. She doesn't want to be crazy.

Personally, I didn't fall in love with this book. I thought I would enjoy it more than I did. The story didn't grab me and it took me a long time to finish it because I couldn't read it for a long time. I kept wanting to put it down.


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