The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer – Book 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.
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 Blonde’s Review:
Mara is lonely and filled with grief. Her lifelong best friend, Rachel, died in a terrible accident that left her unharmed. The boy she was dating and Rachel’s other friend, who was never kind to Mara, also died in the accident. No one knows what happened, and Mara has no memory of it to enlighten them. She has trouble coping with her losses and not remembering, so before long she and her family move to give them all a new start.
In her new school Mara soon comes to the attention of the school lothario, Noah. He is known to play with girls but never be serious. Mara has enough on her mind that she doesn’t want to play, but finds herself drawn in anyway.
As is the way with these stories of course Mara is the one girl Noah is willing to become serious about. Throughout the story while Mara is trying to figure things out there is a romance that doesn’t fit the way Noah has been described to or by Mara.
Mara finds herself slowly remembering what happened that night in her dreams, but she keeps the information to herself. She knows that she won’t feel any peace until she knows what took them to the place her friends died and what caused their deaths. She also knows that her mother, a psychiatrist conveniently, will hover over her more than she already does.
Mara dreams about what happened to her at night and during the day she sees the ghosts of her friends everywhere. Something different happens when she’s angry. That’s even she has visions of other people, visions of them dying in very specific terrible ways. In each situation, the person mysteriously winds up dead the way she pictured it. Anyone who has read a paranormal YA novel before knows that this means she is connected, but Mara doesn’t understand what is happening to her and tells no one.
Noah is Mara’s new boyfriend and is more than he appears as well. So when Mara confides in him he helps her as best he can, even though she knows he’s only humoring her. As they work together to find out why things are happening and how to stop it, their romance grows.
Through the course of the story there are other things going on with Mara’s family that we may not pay much attention to, but turn out to play a bigger role than we realize. When Mara has to make a choice that could cost lives and cost her relationship with Noah, we know what she’ll choose. But the consequences are a little different than we might expect.
I am eager to find out what happens in book 2! I like Mara and would love to see where the author takes Mara after the way the first book ends. There are so many things I can see happening and I don’t like waiting to find out. Noah is still a confusing character for me; he’s likable yet not solid to me in many ways. He presents as one type and switches to another several times throughout the story, so I’m hoping for a clearer picture of who he is in the next book.
If you enjoy paranormal romance novels and the description sounds intriguing you should give this one a try. We have a girl who doesn’t hide in her depression and a guy many can’t help but find charming. Watching these two figure out the paranormal aspects while they figure out the romance should keep you entertained, especially once book two comes out and we can get to know them better.