The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

What is this book?! A paranormal romp of ghostly and supernatural proportions? OR…Is this girl just plain ol’ crazy? You decided!!


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.

I would like to thank my awesome book sister from a different mister, Destiny, for inviting me to join her and a few others on this little book read along over the weekend. But I, however, started this book early. Started on Wednesday and finished it on Friday. It was a pretty quick and was just what I needed between books. But, I have to admit, this book did leave me scratching my head. I mean, really? What H-E-Double Hockey Sticks is going on here?
The little book summary. Yeah. Short and tells us nothing. All we know is that something mysterio-so is going on.  Don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t read this book, but just know that something completely awful happens and as a way to deal with the trauma, Mara Dyer’s brain has chosen to forget that night. But after moving to Florida, things start to come back to her in her dreams. Also, other strange things are happening. Some severely nasty folks are dying shortly after meeting her in really terrible and violent ways that seem to match Mara’s imagination. Then, of course, there is a boy that is introduced into her life that will change everything for her. Noah Shaw is slightly obnoxious in that Mara goes back and forth between “I hate your guts” to “I think I’m in love you.” It is the typical young adult recipe for a relationship it seems. But I give it up to Mara, she is quick with her wit and I do like the voice she was given. Sassy and smart…and completely aware to the fact that she is completely losing her mind. Like total bat shit crazy.
Oh, and did I mention that part of the crazy she is experiencing is due to the fact she is seeing her dead friends? In the worst places and the worst times? But of course, not too much detail about that darlings. Because it would totally spoil certain parts of the book that lead up to the end. So yeah. Hush, hush on that.
Overall, I did like this book. Heck, it grabbed my attention enough to finish reading it in three days. And that’s something to say since you know, I work full time and I’m also taking care of my family. My only niggle with this book is the ending. Definitely was a lead up into to the second book. However, I’m concerned that this super explosive “DUN DUN DUN!” ending does not back fire like it did with Veronica Roth’s Insurgent leading into Allegiant. I’m still fuming over that big bag of betrayal that book given to the world…Just saying…..
If you looking for a different type of read in the young adult tale, I would suggest checking this one out. However, be prepared for some head scratching. Just a bit of heads up.
Until next time.
Remember to always be a pirate. Unless you can be a pirate…then always be the pirate!


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