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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.
I have been putting of reading this book for years. Claims that this book’s similar to Hush, Hush was the main reason why I was dreading this novel. My ratings for both books are similar, but I can’t exactly say that they’re similar.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer started off strongly. Have you read Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas? The holy-crap-I’m scared feeling I got from that opening was similar to how I felt when I started Mara Dyer. It’s probably one of my favorite openings of all time.
The first few chapters continued to intrigue me. Mara was having all these super creepy hallucinations that made me want to hide under a blanket and call my mommy. Plus there were all these mysterious deaths…
That’s basically all I liked about this book. As for the things I didn’t like… Well:
1. Mara was a real bitch. This girl has no sense of respect for her elders whatsoever, and she goes around judging all the females around her. She goes around talking back to her teachers (without good reason, I’d say) and slut-shaming every single female she encounters. See these examples:
– Mara describes a girl in a costume as a girl attired in what could only be describe as “slutty Gryffindor” apparel.
– Some girl-on-girl hate from the same chapter:
Noah listened raptly to whatever she was saying, and a semi-circle of costumed girls surrounded her; a devil, a cat, an angel, and… a carrot? I liked vegetable girl, but the rest of them I hated.
2. The romance was a huge what the fuck. It was your typical rich man-whore who suddenly believes he’s found The One and completely changes and becomes a one-woman guy just for her. After a couple of meetings, they’re suddenly going on dates and promising that they’re in this shit together.
3. This is the part where I cringe and disappointingly say that I didn’t love Noah Shaw. There. I said it. He had his gentlemanly moments (like when he adorably tied Mara’s shoelaces for her), but generally he was way too hot-and-cold. One minute, he’s being a sweet and caring boyfriend, and the next he becomes a very possessive and fucking arrogant douchebag.
4. I couldn’t understand much once I reached the 70% mark. The story began to seem cluttered and messy right about then, and I constantly had to go back a few pages to understand what was happening. I didn’t get most of the events that lead up to the ending. A shame, really, after such a beautiful start.
Overall, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer definitely didn’t live up to its potential. What could’ve been a scary paranormal tale fell flat and turned into an angst-y teen romance. But despite all of my many qualms, I still plan to continue this series after I met the super friendly and adorable Michelle Hodkin.