Series: Mara Dyer #1
Published by Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Genres: General, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
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Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.
But Mara's new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people's deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she's going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn't enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can't seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can't help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…
My friends have been telling me to read the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin for years, literally. One of them even bought me The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for Christmas last year and specifically told me to start it immediately. I didn’t. I don’t know why I didn’t. I wanted to read this series! I heard great things about it and the line at YALLFest for Michelle to sign books was just as long as Rainbow Rowell’s. That’s a sign if I’ve ever seen one. Yet, for whatever reason, I didn’t start the series until this past week. I have a tendency to threaten to hit myself in the head over things like this because CHRISTINE, YOU KNEW BETTER. YOU SHOULD HAVE STARTED THIS YEARS AGO. So here I am, shaking my own head at myself for not listening to everyone and being stubborn for no reason.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was amazing. I loved it! I loved everything about it! I probably could come up with something that bugged/irritated me but I loved it so much I can’t even think of what those negatives are anymore. (Actually, I lied. I can remember one negative that I’ll get to eventually but I eventually changed my mind about the whole issue so it doesn’t count).
This is one of those books that you think you know what’s going on but then don’t and then you do but then you’re not sure. Back and forth, back and forth. And that’s what made it great! Mara has some weird events take place in the short span of a couple of months. I think I know why or how those things are happening but then something else comes up that makes me rethink what I had previously thought. As Mara starts to unravel, the more I found I had no idea what was going on here. I just knew that I wanted to know more. There are twists and turns that shake Mara’s world and made me want to read this even more. It was so intriguing and mysterious and the writing was gripping. I couldn’t stop!
So I mentioned there was a negative to this book and that eventually I changed my mind about it. Well here it is: Noah Shaw, the budding romance. Noah was so arrogant and chauvinistic and had a horrible reputation. He was pompous and clearly knew he was the hottest thing in the world. And that irritated me to no end. Mara tried hard to stand her ground but this kid just wouldn’t take no for an answer. He wanted Mara and was going to get Mara. It was so frustrating to read. I’m just like DUDE. STOP. But my goodness, if this boy didn’t slowly force himself into my heart, I tell you what. By the end of the book I was so completely Team Noah. I can’t even pinpoint the moment when my frustration towards him turned to infatuation. I couldn’t tell you, I just know that from beginning to end there was a 180 shift. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that.
You guys, you must read this book if you haven’t. IT WAS SOOO GOOD. It was unlike anything I’ve read before. It completely captures your attention with the mystery and is just plain thrilling. The ending is crazy! Crazy. You’ll probably scream out loud. I did. And good news for you, you can binge read all three books in a row!