The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an extremely well written book by Michelle Hodkin. It was published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. I own the hardcover edition which has 453 pages. So with the basic information done, meet Mara Dyer:
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.
This book blew me away!! I knew from the first time I read about it on Goodreads that I would love it, but I would never have guessed that I was going to love it this much. I absolutely adore this book. It was so well written, hilarious at times, fucking romantic and I was freaked out in several occasions. I loved how this book made me think and theorize like never before. And I’m going have serious problems with telling you what I loved in this book, because I do not want to spoil anything. The cover of this book also fits so great and it is on the top of my list over favorite book covers! Love it!
Let me start with the characters. Mara is such a strong and realistic character. She is weak in a way any other girl would be but at the same time, she is such a strong, selfless, young woman. Mara has a older and a younger brother, and I just loved the relationship between them. She just was her self with them and acted somewhat like a normal sister would around her brothers, which made it all very believable. A lot of bad and horrible things happen with Mara throughout this book and I love that she doesn’t get away from it unaffected. Then we have Noah. Ah, Noah Shaw, I can not tell you enough how much I love you! Noah Shaw is officially my favorite love interest in a book ever (The Mortal Instrument’s Jace included). Noah is pretty much the funniest, sweetest, well developed guy I have ever read of in a book. He has such a hilarious sense of humor and I absolutely adore him and his bad-boy attitude! Ah, and that time he stood up for Mara in front of the whole school!! I just loved him even more!
This book was just so beautifully written and the story itself was beautiful and unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was a little more mature in a way, compared to other YA Romance Thriller books. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is for me such a hard book to describe and define, because it was even greater than I expected so I am kind of lost of words, you know? But I will say that this book is not only about amazing, heartbreaking love, but also about finding who you really are in all the mess. It all is so fitting, from the little clues we get about what is going on to how these characters thought. It all makes sense toward the end, but at the same time it confuses you even more. This is probably what both scared me the most and what made this book perfect.
I gave this book 5/5 stars on goodreads.com. I also wanted you to know that you can check out my READ list on goodreads, and if you find a book that I have not yet reviewed and you would like me to review, please let me know by writing a comment or sending me a message on goodreads, twitter or here on my blog!