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.
Before I started reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, a couple of my blogging friends (Chels and a Book and Ikhlas) warned me that it was weird...but in a good way! I think those words are the perfect way to describe my reaction to this book. Between Mara's hallucinations and her struggle to maintain sanity, I sometimes felt like I myself was going a bit crazy at points, but the story was so gripping that I just couldn't put it down! I loved the fact that as the reader even I wasn't sure whether or not Mara was actually mentally unstable, or if her hallucinations were real. Although the final explanation of what was happening to Mara at the end of the novel wasn't what I was expecting, it certainly put me on the edge of my seat to find out what will happen next in the series. Unfortunately that's about all that I can say about the weirdness of the story without giving any spoilers away!
While I loved Michelle Hodkin's writing style, which was full of suspense, the one thing about this novel that I found difficult to fully accept was Noah's character. Sure he has the whole bad boy hotness going for him, but his whole tough reputation thing was a bit overplayed. There was also the fact that he was randomly British, which just seemed to push his character over the edge even more. While in most novels I generally like British accents or the bad boy who turns good, this combination just seemed like too much British bad boy oozing too much goodness for one story.
Despite my unresolved conflict with Noah, I still LOVED this book. It was both thrilling and suspenseful! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer literally had me reading all day! During those rare occasions where I wasn't reading Mara Dyer, my hands were itching to pick it back up and start reading again! I'm really looking forward to the sequel, although I have no idea what direction Michelle Hodkin could possibly be thinking of taking this story next. Whatever happens though, if it's anything as good as The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I'm sure that I'll love it!
Rating: A- (4 stars)
Fans of Suspense (or those who like reading about British bad boys!)