Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

10.10.2011
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Published September 27th, 2011 by Simon and Schuster
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//


Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

This review is not very spoiler-free >_>

I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer online through Simon and Schuster's PulseIt program. And yes, IT WAS FREE. AND LEGAL. 

Mara Dyer and her family move to Florida after an accident that kills her best friend and two others. Sure, there's nothing new there, but somehow, Hodkin made it work. Although Mara is broken on the inside, she still manages to have fun with her family sometimes.

I liked Mara, both as a character and a narrator, right up until the end. I didn't understand her motives about the thing involving Lassiter. (Yes, I'm sure I spelled that wrong.) Nightmares have been haunting her since that night when Rachel, Claire, and Jude died. She's been put on anti-psychotics. I understand that she's angry, but why does she not even consider the consequences of taking a man's life when it's made her feel so horrible all the other times? 

Most of the time, Mara's emotions really got to me. She felt real, and even if she irritated me with her repetitiveness, I still felt for her. 

Noah Shaw, on the other hand, never irritated me. Not once. He was awesome *-* He wasn't cheesy, but he wasn't an asshole, either. Most of the time.

I only have one question involving his personality: WHERE ARE ALL THE SWEET AND INNOCENT VIRGIN BOYS IN YA? Not every boy has to have had sex with the entire female population of the school. Really. Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have liked Noah as much if he was all sweet and innocent, but it's a valid question.

Another thing I really loved about this book was how when Mara thought she was crazy, I was asking that question right along with her. Were there paranormal events involved, or was Mara just hallucinating and dreaming? 

My biggest issue with this book: The pacing was way too slow for me. While the pacing of Mara and Noah's relationship was fine, the pacing of the actual plot was a bit of a problem. Most of the book is just full of Mara's "hallucinations," and you don't get any real answers until the last 70 or so pages of the book. Even then, there are too many unanswered questions for me to be happy with. I know The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is only the first book, considering it says "End of volume one" on the last page, but I think a few more questions should have been answered, or the book almost has no point.

Overall: Although I think large parts could have been cut out and questions really should have been answered, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was an interesting novel full of real emotions and just a hint of paranormal. The characters were addicting, the writing style was perfect, and I can't wait for the next book. 4 stars.

~Zoey~
13 comments on "Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer"
  1. 'WHERE ARE ALL THE SWEET AND INNOCENT VIRGIN BOYS IN YA?'

    Eli's a virgin when he meets Harper in RWYF. Though I don't think that totally counts cause he probably wouldn't have been a virgin if you know, I didn't kill his ex-girlfriend. :P

    SHOULD I READ THIS?
    Everyone seems to be, and I'm on the fence about it. But you and I tend to like a lot of the same stuff.

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  2. But he's not sweet and innocent most of the time. He likes to swear xP
    But YAY, HE WAS A VIRGIN. I need to read more of those.

    HMM. I think you should. It has issues, but those are easy to overlook. I just started it yesterday afternoon and finished it like, right when I got home :P

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  3. He does swear quite frequently. :P

    FREAKING PULSE IT WEBMASTER NEEDS TO APPROVE MY REQUEST TO JOIN SO I CAN READ IT FOR FREE. xD

    Also, awww, I just noticed you have my blog on your little list of blog things over yonder. :D

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  4. Maybe I'll get more read of this tonight. :o

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  5. Michelle: Lmao, I love reading things for free. It makes me so happy.

    Pfft, it's been there for weeks, silly Michelle.

    Kelly: MAYBE YOU WILL >:o

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  6. I can't wait to read the book! (: Sorry... I kind of had to skip the review because I didn't want my curiousness to ruin the story...

    I actually emailed Michelle Hodkin and maybe a week ago she replied. (She is so, so super-duper nice by the way.) If you haven't seen the trailer to the book yet, you should. I think it's a lot better than the little blurb on the inside cover.

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  7. I totally understand that xD

    I have not yet seen the trailer >_> I keep meaning to watch it, but then I always FORGET.

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  8. Is this a paranormal book because the cover looks very paranormal YA to me?

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  9. Kamille: Technically, it's paranormal. But the paranormal aspects are very light and barely come into play in the entire book. (I can't decide if I was happy or sad about that ._.)

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  10. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that they said they "loved" each other a little to soon for my liking. Other then that, I loved and can't wait for the sequel.

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  11. I have this book right now from the library. It sounds really intriguing. I hate unanswered questions though. Noah seems very swoon worthy. I find the hallucinations and dreams interesting although I do wonder if she is crazy. I guess we have to read the next book to get all the answers.

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  12. I had no idea what to think of this one before going into it...I still don't :) But I just adored all the mystery that was involved. Definitely a page turner. And Noah :)

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  13. OMG. I had been dying to read this book. Yeah pacing is what I usually have trouble with too. :) Great review!

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10.10.2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Published September 27th, 2011 by Simon and Schuster
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//


Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

This review is not very spoiler-free >_>

I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer online through Simon and Schuster's PulseIt program. And yes, IT WAS FREE. AND LEGAL. 

Mara Dyer and her family move to Florida after an accident that kills her best friend and two others. Sure, there's nothing new there, but somehow, Hodkin made it work. Although Mara is broken on the inside, she still manages to have fun with her family sometimes.

I liked Mara, both as a character and a narrator, right up until the end. I didn't understand her motives about the thing involving Lassiter. (Yes, I'm sure I spelled that wrong.) Nightmares have been haunting her since that night when Rachel, Claire, and Jude died. She's been put on anti-psychotics. I understand that she's angry, but why does she not even consider the consequences of taking a man's life when it's made her feel so horrible all the other times? 

Most of the time, Mara's emotions really got to me. She felt real, and even if she irritated me with her repetitiveness, I still felt for her. 

Noah Shaw, on the other hand, never irritated me. Not once. He was awesome *-* He wasn't cheesy, but he wasn't an asshole, either. Most of the time.

I only have one question involving his personality: WHERE ARE ALL THE SWEET AND INNOCENT VIRGIN BOYS IN YA? Not every boy has to have had sex with the entire female population of the school. Really. Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have liked Noah as much if he was all sweet and innocent, but it's a valid question.

Another thing I really loved about this book was how when Mara thought she was crazy, I was asking that question right along with her. Were there paranormal events involved, or was Mara just hallucinating and dreaming? 

My biggest issue with this book: The pacing was way too slow for me. While the pacing of Mara and Noah's relationship was fine, the pacing of the actual plot was a bit of a problem. Most of the book is just full of Mara's "hallucinations," and you don't get any real answers until the last 70 or so pages of the book. Even then, there are too many unanswered questions for me to be happy with. I know The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is only the first book, considering it says "End of volume one" on the last page, but I think a few more questions should have been answered, or the book almost has no point.

Overall: Although I think large parts could have been cut out and questions really should have been answered, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was an interesting novel full of real emotions and just a hint of paranormal. The characters were addicting, the writing style was perfect, and I can't wait for the next book. 4 stars.

~Zoey~

13 comments:

  1. 'WHERE ARE ALL THE SWEET AND INNOCENT VIRGIN BOYS IN YA?'

    Eli's a virgin when he meets Harper in RWYF. Though I don't think that totally counts cause he probably wouldn't have been a virgin if you know, I didn't kill his ex-girlfriend. :P

    SHOULD I READ THIS?
    Everyone seems to be, and I'm on the fence about it. But you and I tend to like a lot of the same stuff.

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  2. But he's not sweet and innocent most of the time. He likes to swear xP
    But YAY, HE WAS A VIRGIN. I need to read more of those.

    HMM. I think you should. It has issues, but those are easy to overlook. I just started it yesterday afternoon and finished it like, right when I got home :P

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  3. He does swear quite frequently. :P

    FREAKING PULSE IT WEBMASTER NEEDS TO APPROVE MY REQUEST TO JOIN SO I CAN READ IT FOR FREE. xD

    Also, awww, I just noticed you have my blog on your little list of blog things over yonder. :D

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  4. Maybe I'll get more read of this tonight. :o

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  5. Michelle: Lmao, I love reading things for free. It makes me so happy.

    Pfft, it's been there for weeks, silly Michelle.

    Kelly: MAYBE YOU WILL >:o

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  6. I can't wait to read the book! (: Sorry... I kind of had to skip the review because I didn't want my curiousness to ruin the story...

    I actually emailed Michelle Hodkin and maybe a week ago she replied. (She is so, so super-duper nice by the way.) If you haven't seen the trailer to the book yet, you should. I think it's a lot better than the little blurb on the inside cover.

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  7. I totally understand that xD

    I have not yet seen the trailer >_> I keep meaning to watch it, but then I always FORGET.

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  8. Is this a paranormal book because the cover looks very paranormal YA to me?

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  9. Kamille: Technically, it's paranormal. But the paranormal aspects are very light and barely come into play in the entire book. (I can't decide if I was happy or sad about that ._.)

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  10. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that they said they "loved" each other a little to soon for my liking. Other then that, I loved and can't wait for the sequel.

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  11. I have this book right now from the library. It sounds really intriguing. I hate unanswered questions though. Noah seems very swoon worthy. I find the hallucinations and dreams interesting although I do wonder if she is crazy. I guess we have to read the next book to get all the answers.

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  12. I had no idea what to think of this one before going into it...I still don't :) But I just adored all the mystery that was involved. Definitely a page turner. And Noah :)

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  13. OMG. I had been dying to read this book. Yeah pacing is what I usually have trouble with too. :) Great review!

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