The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer caught my interest after I heard the author describe the book,

Mara Dyer is an unreliable narrator that can’t be trusted–a PTSD sufferer whose hallucinations keep her from remembering the truth about the night that her boyfriend, friend, and best friend died.

However, when I picked it up to read, I was completely taken over.  This novel was amazing and it deserves all the buzz it is generating.  Here’s the shocker:  I read it, all 464 pages, in one day.  For me, this is an amazing feat, and it means I thought this book was really, really good!

Essentially, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a mystery, the reader left with the task to figure out what happened the night that Mara’s friends died and what is it about that night that is causing her to have post traumatic stress disorder.  The novel begins with Mara’s life before, when she lived in Rhode Island and was dealing with normal teenage problems: a new girl moving in on her territory with her best friend Rachel, and a crush on a boy who seemed perfect.  However, this all changed when Mara wakes up in a hospital room surrounded by her family and learns that there was an accident.  No, not a car accident, but a building collapsed and Mara was the only survivor.  Her best friend Rachel, the new girl Claire, and her boyfriend Jude are all dead and Mara can’t remember anything about that night.  Traumatized and left with hallucinations thanks to PTSD, Mara does anything she can to try to hide her anguish.  However, when you hallucinate seeing the dead, it is hard to try and hide it.  And I am going to stop summarizing there, because this book is definitely better read when you know very little about what to expect.

What I think made me love this book so much was that Mara was so unreliable.  Her mind is broken, so you don’t know what is true.  This book has an amazing mystery, a tortured romance, and is just a very compelling read.  I really don’t know how to put into words what it was like reading this book– I was completely drawn in and felt at times that I was Mara.  If you read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and love it as much as I do, you’re in luck (well maybe, that depends on your patience)!  The second book in the series will be out in Fall 2012.

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