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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Book Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
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.

Oh my gosh, why did I wait so long to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? Seriously, it was so good!

This book starts with Mara in the hospital with no memory of what has just recently happened to her. She finds out that her best friend and two other friends died in the collapse of a building and she was the only one who survived.

I think one of the main reasons I didn’t pick this book up until recently is because I get scared really easily and the storyline definitely sounded really creepy. It was creepy, but I didn't mind too much and it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

I especially admired Mara. Ever since her friends had died, she had been having all these vivid hallucinations and flashbacks to her past, all while trying to prove to everyone close to her that she's okay. It would be so terrible to go through an event like that and have no recollection of it. 

Through the course of the story, Mara discovers more about her past and certain chapters are flashbacks to it. There are a bunch of things revealed about her past and what the true cause of the accident was. It was pretty surprising to me, although I came to suspect it towards the end of the book. I thought it was a great twist to the story, and definitely complicated things for the characters.

The love interest, Noah, was so incredibly amazing. Even after knowing Mara’s past, he still really cared for her and helped her when she needed it. I loved every scene that was written with him in it and looked forward to them. Mara also had such a loving, great family.

Overall, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is such an incredible book! I can not say enough good things about it. If you are one of the people who hasn’t read it yet, like I was, I’d read it right away, I’ve already read the awesome sequel to it ;) I’d give it 5 out of 5 flowers.


  1. I read this one some time ago and got the sequel for Christmas. I'm just hoping I can remember what happened in Book 1. I do remember liking Noah a lot! :)

  2. I asked myself the same question when I read this book last month. It is so freaking good, I loved the characters, but for me, the writing, and the suspense were the best parts of the book. I LOVED IT!
    Great review :)

  3. Oh gosh, my reason for not picking this up sooner is the same as yours! I was totally creeped out, but from the sounds of it, it's worth it! I will have to read this soon as well. I can't wait to see how it turns out and I especially can't wait to meet Mara! :) Glad you enjoyed this!

    Fabulous review, Montana! :D

    ~ Maida

  4. wow... I think im going to regret not picking up this one either! Sadly, I have yet still to read it, but Im so glad you loved it! I actually like that its a bit creepy! Mara sounds like an interesting character, and I cant wait to meet Noah! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf


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